Specialist Physicians (General Medicine) investigate and diagnose internal human disorders and diseases, and administer treatment.

    A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as a Specialist Physician (General Medicine). Many Specialist Physicians also complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Examines patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists, and undertakes laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
    • Analyses test results and other medical information to make diagnoses.
    • Prescribes and administers drugs, as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures.
    • Records medical information and data.
    • Reports specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities.
    • May admit or refer patients to hospitals.
    • May consult other medical specialists.

    All Specialist Physicians

    • $4,976 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Specialist Physicians (General Medicine)

    • 670 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 52 years Average age
    • 27% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Specialist Physicians (General Medicine) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 540 in 2011 to 670 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Specialist Physicians (General Medicine) 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 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (69%).
    • Gender: 27% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Assistance99.1
    Public Administration and Safety0.8
    Wholesale Trade0.1
    Education and Training0.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSpecialist Physicians (General Medicine)All Jobs Average
    NSW27.231.6
    VIC25.325.6
    QLD19.820.0
    SA10.57.0
    WA10.410.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT1.61.0
    ACT3.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSpecialist Physicians (General Medicine)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.4-9.39.3
    25-344.6-22.922.9
    35-4426.4-22.022.0
    45-5427.0-21.621.6
    55-5912.3-9.09.0
    60-649.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over19.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationSpecialist Physicians (General Medicine)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate64.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree34.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.5-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in medicine, plus on-the-job training, is needed to work as a Specialist Physician (General Medicine). Many Specialist Physicians also complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia. Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians may also be needed to specialise.

    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 Specialist Physicians who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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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 Counseling

      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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    1. Exposed to Disease or Infections

      100% Important

      How often are you exposed to disease/infections?

    2. Freedom to Make Decisions

      99% Important

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    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    4. Contact With Others

      97% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Impact of Decisions

      96% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

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