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Gastroenterologists investigate, diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the human liver, stomach and associated organs.


  • 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.


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To become a Gastroenterologist

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

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  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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