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Medical Practitioner Pathologist

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General Overview:

Identifies and diagnoses the presence and stages of diseases and possible sources of infection in body tissues, fluids, secretions and other specimens.

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:

  • studies the nature, cause, development and clinical management of diseases in people, and the structural and functional changes caused by them
  • prepares, or supervises the preparation of, tissue sections from surgical and diagnostic cases and autopsies
  • examines bodily fluids and tissues for the presence and measurement of chemical substances, microbiological organisms, and chemical and other biological responses to disease processes
  • examines tissues using scientific techniques and equipment to determine the nature, cause and progress of disease
  • performs autopsies to determine causes of death, the nature and extent of disease and injury, and the effect of treatment
  • supervises and coordinates the work of technical officers and technicians
  • writes reports of findings for use by other medical practitioners and coroners
  • may direct the activities of pathology departments in hospitals, private clinics or laboratories, or other locations
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