What they do
Gynaecologists diagnose and treat disorders of the female reproductive system. They manage problems including gynaecological malignancies, sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, sexual dysfunction and menopause.
Gynaecology is strongly linked with obstetrics - health of mother and fetus before, during and after pregnancy.
The number of gynaecologists practising in Western Australia is relatively small and most are located within the metropolitan area.
Gynaecologists are referred patients from general practitioners. Their work may occur in a number of different settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient wards and operating theatres.
Gynaecologists tend to have their own practice leading to fairly predictable work hours.
Tools and technologies
The main tools gynaecologists use in diagnosis are clinical history and examination. Gynaecological examination uses instrumentation such as the speculum. Ultrasound can be used to confirm abnormalities.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a gynaecologist, you must first become a qualified medical practitioner and then specialise in gynaecology.
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 specialise in gynaecology, doctors must apply to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to complete the Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecology Training Program 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 two years (internship and residency).
Required registration and licensing
To work as a gynaecologist in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Medical Board of Australia.