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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2311-11 General Medical Practitioner

Diagnoses, treats and prevents human physical and mental disorders and injuries.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification and one years hospital-based training. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • conducts examinations and questions patients to determine the nature of disorders or illnesses and records patients' medical information
  • orders and performs laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic images and procedures and analyses findings
  • provides overall care for patients and prescribes and administers treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • inoculates patients to prevent communicable diseases
  • advises patients on diet, exercise, hygiene and other health matters
  • provides pre and post-natal care
  • reports births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • refers patients to medical specialists and exchanges relevant medical details
  • arranges the admission of patients to hospital
  • may deliver babies or perform minor surgical procedures

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