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Can Hospitals view your medical record when you apply for a job?

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MichaelAim

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Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:01 pm

I didn't know where to post this, so I posted in a couple places

Can Hospitals view your medical record when you apply for a job?

Hi there, if I applied at Melbourne Hospital (For example), but I have been a patient there a few times, can the recruitment office/Nurses in charge access this medical record and deny me employment based on what's inside it?

For example, If I have a bad back, and its in my medical file at that hospital, and I apply for a position there, can they deny me that position based on them checking my medical history file? Thanks!

Darren

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Jan 13, 2020, 03:34 pm

The recruitment department should not view your medical record as that would be a breach of privacy.

However, it is likely that you will have to undertake a medical assessment or at least complete a medical condition declaration. An employer may not employ someone who is not physically capable of the job, however they also cannot discriminate on the basis of a disability.

If you fail to disclose a medical condition and that later is the cause of an injury at work, you may not be covered by workers compensation and could be liable to disciplinary measures.

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