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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2312-31 Surgeon

Performs surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases and improve human body functions and appearance.

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 the necessity of operations, estimate risks to patients and select the best operational procedures
  • reviews reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
  • consults with anaesthetists
  • performs operations
  • examines instruments, equipment, and surgical setup, to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
  • instructs other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
  • prescribes post-operative care and observes and investigates patients' progress
  • maintains records of operations performed
  • may specialise in particular types of operations

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Paediatric Surgeon
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Vascular Surgeon

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