Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of female genitalia, urinary, rectal and reproductive organs, and care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as an obstetrician and gynaecologist:

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.


 

As an obstetrician or gynaecologist you are a medical specialist who will examine patients to determine medical problems, using physical findings, diagnostic images, laboratory test results and patient's statements as diagnostic aids.

You will also:

  • prescribe medication
  • suggest methods of improving hygiene
  • determine need for gynaecological surgery
  • provide supporting therapy and preparation for childbirth and lactation
  • examine blood pressure and urine
  • monitor the developing foetus and give advice on nutrition and exercise
  • treat complications such as hypertension, infection, depression or threatened abortion
  • deliver babies
  • perform Caesarean sections and other surgical procedures
  • discuss and prescribe contraceptive methods
  • provide advice on sex education, family planning and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • arrange follow-up care of babies by family practitioners, child health clinics and consultant paediatricians

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

To qualify as an obstetrician and gynaecologist:

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.


 

As an obstetrician or gynaecologist you are a medical specialist who will examine patients to determine medical problems, using physical findings, diagnostic images, laboratory test results and patient's statements as diagnostic aids.

You will also:

  • prescribe medication
  • suggest methods of improving hygiene
  • determine need for gynaecological surgery
  • provide supporting therapy and preparation for childbirth and lactation
  • examine blood pressure and urine
  • monitor the developing foetus and give advice on nutrition and exercise
  • treat complications such as hypertension, infection, depression or threatened abortion
  • deliver babies
  • perform Caesarean sections and other surgical procedures
  • discuss and prescribe contraceptive methods
  • provide advice on sex education, family planning and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • arrange follow-up care of babies by family practitioners, child health clinics and consultant paediatricians

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

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Postgraduate Courses To Become

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

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 an Obstetrician and/or Gynaecologist can apply to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to undertake further training and ultimately receive Fellowship which normally takes at least six years of study while working as a doctor.