Use this search facility to find a local Authorised Health Professional (AHP). Note that some AHP’s will take advantage of the direct upload capability, enabling them to speed up the process by loading medical results directly into the RIW System.
The AHP scheme provides a low maintenance and easily accessible directory of participating Authorised Health Professionals. Workers who require a medical assessment can search the RIW website for their closest participating AHP, who can conduct a medical examination that will be accepted by participating RIW organisations.
The AHP scheme is non-mandatory, but has been created to provide national consistency and transferability across the rail industry by the Australasian Railway Association and Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB). It is the responsibility of the Network Operator to appoint and manage delegated Authorised Health Professionals and Chief Medical Officers.
Only those AHP’s who have completed training and assessment as delivered by a recognised AHP trainer, will be displayed in the AHP list.
To become an RIW Program registered AHP, click here.
The National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers underpins the system for monitoring the health of rail safety workers in Australia. The national standard enables a consistent application of health standards across the rail industry.
Network Operators have a responsibility to minimise risks and protect the safety of the public, workers and the environment. Rail operators endorse selected doctors and health professionals to undertake medical assessments. All health assessments for rail safety workers are conducted in line with the current edition of the National Standard.
The National Standard was developed in consultation with industry, rail unions, rail safety regulators and health professionals to provide practical guidance for rail transport operators for managing the risks posed by the ill health of rail safety workers.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) reviews the National Standard every three years. The 2017 Standard came into effect on 1 February 2017 and applies to all rail transport operators and to all rail safety workers in Australia.
The National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers provides guidance for rail transport operators to meet their legislative obligations in managing the risks posed by the ill-health of rail safety workers. That guidance includes the selection and management of health professionals who carry out health assessments on behalf of those operators; referred to as Authorised Health Professionals (AHP’s).
While the responsibility for selection and management of AHP’s rests with a rail transport operator, a number of organisations are working together to establish a non-mandatory scheme to help embed the standard within the industry. The Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), with the support of a cross-industry group of Chief Medical Officers (CMO’s), are supporting the standard as a consistent approach to managing the health of rail workers across Australia.
RISSB works with CMO’s to develop and maintain a set of training materials to ensure that AHP’s are trained to the standard, while the ARA captures the details of trained AHP’s within the RIW Program. The training program is considered best practice by the consulted Chief Medical Officers, even though it does not represent an official unit of competency or lead to a formal qualification.
For more information email email@example.com or contact the RIW Program Service Desk on 1300 101 682.
Training to the National Standard for Category 1, 2 and 3 rail medicals is run periodically around Australia. Please refer to the training calendar for the sessions available to attend, or contact one of the Chief Medical Officer Trainers below.
|Sonic HealthPlus Brisbane CBD
1300 588 440
02 8575 0495
|Kinnect (ARTC CMO)
1300 546 632
08 8177 6800
|Sonic HealthPlus Brisbane CBD
07 3055 5971
07 3019 1818
Hamilton 07 3339 6000
Melbourne 03 9453 2834
|Sonic HealthPlus Hobart
03 6281 4000
08 6298 8400
South Perth 6151
08 9367 2800
|Sonic HealthPlus Flagstaff
03 9224 8398
|Corporate Health Group Pty Ltd
Mile End 5031
08 8354 9800
+64 9 524 4137
|Sonic HealthPlus Perth Airport
Perth Airport 6105
08 9230 0200
Authorised Health Professionals must meet specific selection criteria which focus on the health professional’s knowledge and understanding of the rail occupational environment. To register:
Step 1 – Talk with the relevant rail Network Operator in your state.
Step 3 – Complete the new online E-Learning assessment. The authorised Chief Medical Officer (AHP Trainer) during training will take your first name, surname and email address and provide it to the RIW Service Desk for E-Learning enrolment. Your E-Learning link will be emailed to you.
Step 4 –Once the online assessment has been completed, fill in the AHP Registration/Login/Delete/Update Details Service Request at https://www.riw.net.au/contact-us/request-a-service/ with your clinic name and contact details, which will be used to update the AHP Master list. This is done weekly.
Step 5 – Watch our Video System Walk though for Authorised Health Professionals or refer to our AHP Knowledge Centre for instructions on how to use the RIW System.
The ARA is the peak body for rail in Australia and New Zealand, representing all sectors of the rail industry. The ARA owns the Rail Industry Worker Program (RIW), working with the program service provider Metro Trains Australia (MTA). The ARA oversees the national list of endorsed Authorised Health Professionals.
The Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB) works with industry to provide training materials to ensure that medical professionals are trained against the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers.
The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) is an independent body corporate established under Rail Safety National Law. The primary objectives of ONRSR are to encourage and enforce safe railway operations and promote and improve national rail safety. ONRSR states that rail transport operators must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers must be of sufficient health and fitness to carry out work safely. ONRSR reminds industry that it is the responsibility of the rail transport operator to determine whether a health professional is qualified to conduct rail safety worker health assessments.
The NTC is an independent advisory body that provides quality, impartial advice and national land transport reform proposals to government through the Transport and Infrastructure Council. The NTC reviews the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers every three years.