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Generalist Medical Practitioners

Overview

Generalist Medical Practitioners diagnose and treat physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries, recommend preventative action and refer patients to specialist Medical Practitioners, other health care workers, and social, welfare and support workers. The links below provide quick access to basic information for this occupation.  Greater detail can be found using any of the page tabs above. A one page printable summary of the key statistics for this occupation can also be found under the Reports and Links tab above. Just click on the tab and follow the link for Occupational Bulletin.

Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • conducting examinations and questioning patients to determine the nature of disorders and illnesses, and recording patients' medical information
  • ordering laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures, and interpreting findings to assist in diagnosis
  • providing overall care for patients, and prescribing and administering treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • monitoring patients' progress and response to treatment
  • advising on diet, exercise and other habits which aid prevention and treatment of disease and disorders
  • referring patients to, and exchanging medical information with, specialist Medical Practitioners
  • reporting births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • arranging the admission of patients to hospitals

Job Titles

  • General Medical Practitioner
  • Resident Medical Officer

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