What is a Category 3 Rail Medical?

This is the minimum requirement for Around the Track Personnel Workers. The purpose of this medical is to test your ability to hear instructions, move to a safe place, and maintain an awareness of your surroundings – all critical elements of working in rail.

This medical assessment includes:

  • A (urine) drug and alcohol screen
  • Basic mobility
  • Hearing
  • Vision

Commonly Asked Category 3 Rail Medical Questions

Do I need to make an appointment?

Absolutely! Our Authorised Health Professionals (Registered Nurses) can get very busy, and we also give them days off – making an appointment ensures that your medical will get done on time.

How do I make an appointment?

To make a booking, simply call us on 1300 355 900. From there, you will have two options:

1. If you are already sitting your TTSA course with us, you can have your medical done prior to the course (from 6.30-8.30am).

2. Make a booking during regular hours – which are 9-11.30am Monday to Friday.

How much will it cost?

A Category 3 Rail Medical is $300 including GST.

How do I get prepared for a rail medical?
  • Drug and alcohol screening: There is a urine drug and alcohol screening at the beginning of your medical. Please try to avoid using the toilet before your appointment. If you cannot provide a sample, you can’t complete the medical.
  • Prescription medication: If you are on medication, please bring along the prescription and any other documentation, to assist with the drug and alcohol screening. Some medications will provide a Non-Negative Result, which will require further testing to confirm the medication and an additional fee of $99.
  • Hearing assessment: If you have a hearing aid, please notify us prior to your appointment as you may be required to bring additional documentation.
  • Pre-existing conditions: If you have questions around any pre-existing conditions, please give our team a quick call before the day as we may require you to bring some additional documentation.
  • Appropriate clothing: Remember to wear clothing that allows you to perform a full range of movement – such as bending, squatting, kneeling, and stretching. You will not be required to undress for this assessment.
What do I bring to an appointment?
  • Current photo ID, preferably your driver’s licence or passport.
  • Rail Industry Worker Card, if you would like your rail medical uploaded after your appointment.
  • Prescriptions for any medication.
  • If you have a pre-existing condition, please bring any supporting paperwork from your doctor (phone ahead if you are unsure what to bring).
  • Your latest audiology report if wearing hearing aids.
  • If you have visual aids (eg glasses, contact lenses, corrective lenses), please bring them with you.
Where do I go for the appointment?

Aakira Medical Services is located inside the Training Ahead Australia building at 8-10 Sloane Street, Maribyrnong – and there is free parking available on site.

What happens at an appointment?

1. Check in with our reception staff and fill out your paperwork.

2. One of our friendly Authorised Health Professionals (AHPs) will take you in for your medical.

3. Completed during your medical:

  • A urine drug screen and alcohol breathalyser test.
  • An audio (hearing) screen.
  • A vision screen.
  • A health questionnaire and mobility screening.

4. Your medical will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

5. If you wish, your medical can be uploaded to the Rail Industry Worker Card System – if you bring your Rail Industry Worker Card along with you.

How long the appointment will take?

On average, a Category 3 Rail Medical can take up to 30 minutes. Please allow up to 45 minutes in your schedule, just to be safe.

How long until I receive my Category 3 Rail Medical?
  • It will be emailed to you within 24 hours.
  • It may take ~ 4 business days to appear on your Rail Industry Worker Card.
  • Check with staff for options to have this expedited.

Ready to book your Category 3 Rail Medical? Contact our team today to make an appointment on 1300 355 900.