Paediatrician

Provide specialist medical services to children from birth up to and including adolescence.

Paediatrician

Paediatrician

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as an paediatrician:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine to qualify as a doctor.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


A paediatrician is a medical practitioner who specialises in children's health. You will:

  • examine patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists
  • undertake laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
  • analyse test results and other medical information to make diagnoses
  • prescribe and administer drugs as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures
  • record medical information and data
  • report specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities
  • admit or refer patients to hospitals
  • consult other medical specialists

Paediatricians could work in hospitals or in private practice.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

To qualify as an paediatrician:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine to qualify as a doctor.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


A paediatrician is a medical practitioner who specialises in children's health. You will:

  • examine patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists
  • undertake laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
  • analyse test results and other medical information to make diagnoses
  • prescribe and administer drugs as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures
  • record medical information and data
  • report specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities
  • admit or refer patients to hospitals
  • consult other medical specialists

Paediatricians could work in hospitals or in private practice.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Paediatrician

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Paediatrician

Coursework courses to pursue this career

Professional training

After completion of the Doctor of Medicine and working in the public hospital system for two years (internship and residency), doctors interested in becoming a paediatrician can apply to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to undertake further training and ultimately receive Fellowship which normally takes at least six years of study while working as a doctor.