Internal medicine specialists
Role and key duties
Internal medicine specialists diagnose and treat internal human disorders and diseases using specialist testing, diagnostic and medical techniques.
Duties may include: examining patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from GPs and other medical specialists, and undertaking laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures; analysing test results and other medical information to make diagnoses; prescribing and administering drugs, and remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures; recording medical information and data; reporting specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities; admitting or referring patients to hospitals; and consulting other medical specialists . Internal medicine specialists may fall into the following categories: specialist physician (general medicine), cardiologist, clinical haematologist, clinicaloncologist, endocrinologist, gastroenterologist, intensive care specialist, neurologist, paediatrician, renal medicine specialist, rheumatologist and thoracic medicine specialist. Other internal medicine specialists in this group include: clinical allergist, clinical geneticist, clinical immunologist, clinical pharmacologist, geriatrician, industrial medicine specialist, infectious diseases specialist, palliative medicine specialist, rehabilitation medicine physician, sexual health physician and sleep medicine specialist .
Minimum qualification required
Completion of a Degree in Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and two years of hospital based training and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.
Degree in Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and two years of hospital based training and postgraduate qualification that may be required for specialisation in the role.