Obstetrician and Gynaecologists provide 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.

Specialisations: Gynaecological Oncologist, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Urogynaecologist.

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to specialise as an Obstetrician or Gynaecologist. Many Obstetricians and Gynaecologists complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Diagnoses and treats female patients for diseases of the reproductive system, using surgery if necessary.
  • Examines patients periodically and provides advice or prescribes medication during pre-natal period.
  • Delivers infants and cares for mother for prescribed period of time following childbirth.

All Other Medical Practitioners

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

  • 1,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 56% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,200 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Obstetricians and Gynaecologists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 53 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
  • Gender: 56% 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 Assistance98.8
Public Administration and Safety0.6
Education and Training0.6

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.
StateObstetricians and GynaecologistsAll Jobs Average
NSW27.531.6
VIC29.725.6
QLD19.820.0
SA8.47.0
WA9.910.8
TAS2.32.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.81.9

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 BracketObstetricians and GynaecologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.2-9.39.3
25-3421.5-22.922.9
35-4427.4-22.022.0
45-5426.0-21.621.6
55-599.6-9.09.0
60-646.9-6.06.0
65 and Over8.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationObstetricians and GynaecologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate50.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree48.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
Year 120.2-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to specialise as an Obstetrician or Gynaecologist. Many Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 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

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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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

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  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    94% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    91% Skill level

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

  3. Biology

    82% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    74% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Psychology

    73% Skill level

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

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    99% Important

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    98% Important

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