perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance. Medical Registrars training as Surgeons are included in this unit group.
examining patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimating and explaining risks to patients, and selecting the best operational procedures
reviewing reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
consulting with Anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients
performing surgical operations
examining instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
instructing other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
prescribing post-operative care, and observing and investigating patients' progress
maintaining records of operations performed
may specialise in particular types of operations
Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).