Doctor (Medical Practitioner)

Diagnose illnesses, disorders, injuries, and prescribe treatment.

Doctor (Medical Practitioner)

Doctor Medical Practitioner

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a doctor (medical practitioner):

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine to qualify as a doctor (medical practitioner).

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


As a medical practitioner, you could work in private practice on your own; in partnership with another medical practitioner; in a group practice; in community health centres and in public hospitals. There are opportunities for you to work in cities, suburbs and rural townships.

Medical practitioners:

  • examine the patient to determine the nature of the disorder or illness, and record the patient's medical information; order, perform and analyse laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic images and procedures
  • provide overall care for patients and prescribe and administer treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • aid in the prevention of diseases and disorders by advising patients on diet, exercise, hygiene and general health
  • prescribe and administer medication and inoculate patients to prevent infectious or contagious diseases
  • provide pre and post-natal care
  • report births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • arrange for patients to be admitted to hospital
  • and refer patients to other medical specialists and exchange relevant medical details.

Source: myFuture

To qualify as a doctor (medical practitioner):

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine to qualify as a doctor (medical practitioner).

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


As a medical practitioner, you could work in private practice on your own; in partnership with another medical practitioner; in a group practice; in community health centres and in public hospitals. There are opportunities for you to work in cities, suburbs and rural townships.

Medical practitioners:

  • examine the patient to determine the nature of the disorder or illness, and record the patient's medical information; order, perform and analyse laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic images and procedures
  • provide overall care for patients and prescribe and administer treatments, medications and other remedial measures
  • aid in the prevention of diseases and disorders by advising patients on diet, exercise, hygiene and general health
  • prescribe and administer medication and inoculate patients to prevent infectious or contagious diseases
  • provide pre and post-natal care
  • report births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities
  • arrange for patients to be admitted to hospital
  • and refer patients to other medical specialists and exchange relevant medical details.

Source: myFuture

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Doctor Medical Practitioner

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Doctor Medical Practitioner

Course work courses to pursue this career
Professional training
After completion of the Doctor of Medicine and working in the public hospital system for two years (internship and residency), doctors interested in becoming a General Practitioner can apply to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to undertake further training and ultimately receive Fellowship which takes another three years of study while working as a doctor.