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Medical Practitioner Obstetrician Gynaecologist

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General Overview:

Provides diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to disorders of the female genital, urinary, rectal and reproductive organs, and the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification, one years hospital-based training, and at least 5 years specialist study and training. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • examines patients to determine medical problems, using physical findings, diagnostic images, laboratory test results, and patient's statements as diagnostic aids
  • prescribes medication, suggests methods of improving hygiene, and determines need for gynaecological surgery
  • provides supporting therapy and preparation for childbirth and lactation
  • examines blood pressure and urine, monitors the developing foetus and gives advice on nutrition and exercise
  • treats complications such as hypertension, infection, depression or threatened abortion
  • delivers babies, and performs Caesarean sections and other surgical procedures
  • discusses and prescribes contraceptive methods
  • may provide advice on sex education, family planning and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • arranges follow up care of babies by family practitioners, child health clinics and consultant paediatricians
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