Infectious Diseases Jobs
Infectious Diseases Physicians diagnose, manage, treat, and prevent infections and infectious diseases. They have expert knowledge on microbes, such as bacteria, funguses, viruses, and parasites that infect humans. They also have specialised knowledge of antibiotic resistance, vaccines, immunology, and antimicrobial entities and treatments. Infectious diseases physicians manage acute problems, such as STIs, and provide long-term care of immunocompromised patients and those suffering chronic diseases, such as Hepatitis and HIV. They manage patients presenting with infections in a number of settings, including perioperative and intensive care units in hospitals. They also consult with other subspecialists and generalists, as well as primary care providers and ambulance services. Infectious Disease Specialist Physicians work within multidisciplinary teams, and are often involved in research, training, education and advocacy across health care, public health, and community health settings. To qualify in this area of medicine, doctors undertake Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases, a 3-year RACP program open to doctors who have completed RACP basic training in Internal Medicine. There is also 5-year joint training program, through the RACP and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), which combines two (2) years advanced infectious diseases training and three (3) years laboratory training in microbiology. Both these pathways lead to Fellowship and Specialist registration with AHPRA.