What they do
Endocrinologists diagnose diseases affecting glands including the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, ovaries, testes and pancreas. They recognise and treat hormone problems by helping to restore the balance of hormones. They take care of many conditions including diabetes, thyroid disease, and osteoporosis and growth disorders.
Most of the endocrinologists practising in Western Australia, do so in the Perth metropolitan area.
In a typical day, most endocrinologists see a number of patients (in hospital or privately) and generally work regular office hours, Monday to Friday. An endocrinologist's work is highly demanding but equally rewarding.
Tools and technologies
Endocrinologists need to use tools and technologies associated with diagnostic laboratory techniques. They also need to remain current in both basic and applied endocrinology practises.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become an endocrinologist, you must first become a qualified medical practitioner and then specialise in endocrinology.
To become a medical practitioner, you need to study a degree in medicine. Alternatively, you can study a degree in any discipline followed by a postgraduate degree in medicine.
Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
To then specialise in endocrinology, doctors can apply to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to undertake further training and ultimately receive fellowship.
To be eligible for this specialist training, on completion of your medical degree, you must work in the public hospital system for a minimum of two years (internship and residency).
Required registration and licensing
To work as an endocrinologist in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Medical Board of Australia.