Provide specialist medical services to children from birth up to and including adolescence.

To qualify as an paediatrician:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine to qualify as a doctor.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.

A paediatrician is a medical practitioner who specialises in children's health. You will:

  • examine patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists
  • undertake laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
  • analyse test results and other medical information to make diagnoses
  • prescribe and administer drugs as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures
  • record medical information and data
  • report specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities
  • admit or refer patients to hospitals
  • consult other medical specialists

Paediatricians could work in hospitals or in private practice.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Disclaimer: This page provides study pathway and career options as a guide only. You should contact the Admissions Centre, International Centre or relevant Faculties for full details.

Study pathways

The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.

  1. Undergraduate

  2. Relevant majors include:


  3. Postgraduate

    Professional training

    After completion of the Doctor of Medicine and working in the public hospital system for two years (internship and residency), doctors interested in becoming a paediatrician can apply to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to undertake further training and ultimately receive Fellowship which normally takes at least six years of study while working as a doctor.