Rheumatologist

Rheumatologists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and deficiencies of human joints, muscles and soft tissue.

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    Overview

    Rheumatologists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and deficiencies of human joints, muscles and soft tissue.

    Day-to-day

    • 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.

    Considerations

    • Stressful

    To become a Rheumatologist

    • Medical practitioners who want to specialise as a Rheumatologist can apply for a fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

      Find a Bachelor of Medicine

    • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.