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Gynaecologists/Obstetricians are valued members of the community. Many women look to them for help through the challenges of pregnancy and to maintain their health and wellbeing. Women often have a longterm relationship with their Gynaecologist/Obstetrician.


Gynaecologist/Obstetricians may do some or all of the following

  • identify and treat problems of the female reproductive system such as infertility and bladder problems
  • advise on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • consult and treat patients with abnormal cervical smears and heavy menstrual bleeding
  • check for and treat ovarian cysts and check for cancer of the female reproductive tract
  • perform minor surgery and procedures when necessary
  • examine and care for pregnant women
  • assist with the delivery of babies
  • check the progress of mothers
  • advise on family planning
  • refer patients to other medical specialists
  • write notes to keep a record of their patients' progress
  • consult with colleagues about treatment for patients.

Gynaecologist/Obstetricians need to have

  • surgical skills
  • analytical and diagnostic skills
  • communication skills
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • organisational and time management skills.

Gynaecologist/Obstetricians need to be

  • able to relate well to a variety of people
  • good team players
  • understanding and non-judgmental
  • good at listening
  • professional and discreet
  • honest and trustworthy
  • well-groomed with a high level of personal hygiene
  • able to remain calm in emergencies and work well under pressure
  • fit and healthy, with good strength as some lifting or standing for long periods may be required

Gynaecologist/Obstetricians need knowledge of

  • other cultures and their attitudes to medical treatment
  • medical ethics and the law
  • anatomy and how the human body works, with in-depth knowledge about pregnancy and the female reproductive system
  • different diseases and illnesses
  • general health and safety
  • new research, treatments and medical practices