Minor Group

253 Medical Practitioners

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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253 Medical Practitioners

Medical Practitioners diagnose physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries, provide medical care to patients, and prescribe and perform medical and surgical treatments to promote and restore good health.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification and one to two years hospital-based training. In some instances at least five years specialist study and training are also required (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include:

  • examining patients to establish the nature of their complaints, and performing and ordering tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures
  • determining diagnosis based on examination and results of tests
  • selecting and administering appropriate treatments and therapies, and advising patients of further treatment options and preventative and therapeutic measures
  • prescribing, administering, preparing and dispensing medication and prosthetic and corrective devices
  • monitoring patients' progress and response to treatment
  • recording patients' illnesses, treatment given and patients' responses and progress
  • advising on diet, exercise and other measures to prevent and aid treatment of diseases and disorders
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