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2535 Surgeons

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Surgeons perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance. Medical Registrars training as Surgeons are included in this unit group.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • examining patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimating and explaining risks to patients, and selecting the best operational procedures
  • reviewing reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
  • consulting with Anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients
  • performing surgical operations
  • examining instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
  • instructing other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
  • prescribing post-operative care, and observing and investigating patients' progress
  • maintaining records of operations performed
  • may specialise in particular types of operations

Occupations:

  • 253511 Surgeon (General)
  • 253512 Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 253513 Neurosurgeon
  • 253514 Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • 253515 Otorhinolaryngologist
  • 253516 Paediatric Surgeon
  • 253517 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
  • 253518 Urologist
  • 253521 Vascular Surgeon

253511 Surgeon (General)

Performs surgery to correct diseases and disorders covering a broad range of medical conditions. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

253512 Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Performs heart and lung surgery. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

253513 Neurosurgeon

Performs surgery to correct disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

253514 Orthopaedic Surgeon

Performs surgery to treat muscular and skeletal diseases and injuries. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

253515 Otorhinolaryngologist

Alternative Titles:

  • Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist
  • Head and Neck Surgeon

Performs surgery to correct diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

Specialisations:

  • Laryngologist
  • Otologist
  • Rhinologist

253516 Paediatric Surgeon

Provides surgical care and treatment to children from birth up to, and including, adolescence. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

253517 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Performs surgery to repair and reconstruct muscle and tissue injuries and congenital deformities. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

253518 Urologist

Provides medical and surgical treatment to patients with disorders of the kidney, urinary bladder and urethra, and treats disorders of the male sex organs. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

253521 Vascular Surgeon

Performs surgery to treat patients with conditions affecting their arteries and veins. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1