1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2312-17 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

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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