Will my employer see my medical records?

No, not unless you give your written consent. Your medical records – or any information about your medical condition – will only be disclosed to your employer with your written consent and when your occupational health doctor is satisfied that you have been told about the purpose of the health surveillance examination.

Instead, any recommendations to your employer by the health professional should be limited to whether you remain fit to do your usual job, whether any changes to current working arrangements are needed and if so, for how long, and whether you should be moved to other work – perhaps under closer surveillance. 

See the workSMART section on Dealing with Doctors.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.