Other Medical Practitioners includes occupations such as Dermatologists, Emergency Medicine Specialists, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Ophthalmologists, Pathologists, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists, and Radiation Oncologists. Medical Registrars training in these specialties are included here.

    A bachelor degree in medicine, a hospital-based internship and residency followed by specialist training is needed to work as an Other Medical Practitioner. Many Other Medical Practitioners complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • provides diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to disorders of the human skin
    • provides diagnostic medical services, and manages patients with acute and urgent illness and injury
    • provides diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical and surgical services related to the care of women, foetuses and children during pregnancy and childbirth, and to disorders of the female genital, urinary, rectal and reproductive organs
    • provides diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to diseases, injuries and deficiencies of the human eye and associated structures
    • identifies the cause and processes of disease and illness by examining changes in body tissue and in blood and other body fluids, and conducts tests on samples of tissues, blood and body secretions
    • provides diagnostic medical services, and medical care and management of patients utilising radiant energy techniques such as general radiography, angiography, fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and bone densitometry. Registration or licensing is required

    All Other Medical Practitioners

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 17,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 46% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Medical Practitioners (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 17,600 in 2018 to 19,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Medical Practitioners work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 46% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20088900
    200912700
    201010900
    201110500
    201212000
    201313100
    201414600
    201512300
    201618300
    201714800
    201817600
    202319900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.0
    Public Administration and Safety1.1
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.6
    Education and Training0.3
    Other Industries1.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOther Medical PractitionersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.931.6
    VIC24.725.6
    QLD19.920.0
    SA7.67.0
    WA9.910.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOther Medical PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-241.1-9.39.3
    25-3424.3-22.922.9
    35-4429.5-22.022.0
    45-5422.9-21.621.6
    55-599.4-9.09.0
    60-646.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOther Medical PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate41.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree52.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV1.9-21.121.1
    Year 121.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in medicine, a hospital-based internship and residency followed by specialist training is needed to work as an Other Medical Practitioner. Many Other Medical Practitioners complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    Employers look for Other Medical Practitioners who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Medicine and dentistry

      90% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    2. Psychology

      88% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. Customer and personal service

      86% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Therapy and counselling

      80% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    5. Biology

      69% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Disease or infection

      100% Important

      Be exposed to disease or infections.

    2. Freedom to make decisions

      99% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Contact with people

      97% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    5. Impact of decisions

      96% Important

      Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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