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Medical Practitioner Psychiatrist

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General Overview:

Diagnoses, treats and prevents human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders.

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:

  • discusses mental and physical problems with patients to determine the nature and extent of mental, emotional or behavioural disorders
  • studies patients medical and mental histories
  • examines patients to determine general physical condition
  • orders laboratory tests, imaging, assessment tests and other diagnostic procedures
  • examines the results of tests and examinations to determine the most appropriate forms of treatment
  • prescribes and administers medication, psychotherapy, or other treatment and rehabilitation programs, and arranges admission to hospitals
  • consults and works with other health professionals
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