1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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SPECIALIST MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS diagnose and treat physical and mental diseases and disorders using specialist testing, diagnostic, medical and surgical techniques. Medical Registrars who are training as Specialist Medical Practitioners are included in this unit group.

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

Tasks Include:

  • diagnosing diseases and disorders by examining patients referred from other medical practitioners, using the results of laboratory and other tests
  • taking blood and tissue samples, examining tissue, performing microscopic examination of bacterial cultures, using X-ray and other such imaging methods for diagnostic purposes
  • prescribing and administering medication
  • administering anaesthetic and monitoring patients throughout surgical procedures and post-operative periods
  • operating on patients using specialised surgical procedures
  • treating diseases and disorders of the skin
  • treating organic or congenital diseases and disorders of the eye
  • treating medical and developmental diseases and disorders in children and adolescents
  • providing obstetric and gynaecological care
  • consulting with patients to assess the nature of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders
  • examining internal structure and organs using radiological techniques
  • maintaining close liaison with other personnel caring for the patient


This section contains the following subsection :
              2312-11 Anaesthetist
              2312-13 Dermatologist
              2312-15 Emergency Medicine Specialist
              2312-17 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
              2312-19 Ophthalmologist
              2312-21 Paediatrician
              2312-23 Pathologist
              2312-25 Specialist Physician
              2312-27 Psychiatrist
              2312-29 Radiologist
              2312-31 Surgeon
              2312-79 Specialist Medical Practitioners nec

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