Medical Studies is the study of the principles and procedures used in preventing, diagnosing, caring for and treating illness, disease and injury in humans, and the maintenance of general health.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of disease processes and mechanisms, the structure and function of the human body and mind, the restoration and maintenance of health, immune defences of the body, pain control, human behaviour and medical ethics. It also involves developing an ability to assess and evaluate clinical observations to arrive at diagnoses and determine appropriate courses of action.
Courses in Medical Studies develop skills in:
- assessing patients’ psychological, physical and emotional states
- carrying out procedures and dealing with medical emergencies
- examining specimens to determine the origin, nature and course of any disease present
- monitoring progress of patients
- practising professional responsibility in relation to individuals and the community
This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:
- General Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Internal Medicine
- General Practice
- Medical Studies, n.e.c.
- Medical science. This is included in Medical Science.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.