You’ll be just like a civilian dentist, except you’ll also look after your own Army staff, and work in barracks, field, or operational environments.
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Graduate, Undergraduate, Graduate (Reserve)
The Australian Army employs male and female dentists as Dental Officers in Army Dental Centres. These officers form part of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps.
Within Army Dental Units, you will have the same modern surgery, technology, equipment, materials, laboratory and assistance you would have in civilian practice. The only difference is that your patients wear uniform. Furthermore, you will be responsible for the training, welfare and discipline of the soldiers under your command who make up your staff. Depending on your unit, you may be required to perform in a clinical environment in the field, under canvas, in operational conditions. Though, of course still with the best practical equipment.
You may get opportunities to do full - time postgraduate training to further your skills and qualifications. You may also be called on by your Commanding Officer to perform regimental duties, such as serving on a Mess Committee or as a sports officer.
In subsequent postings your responsibilities will increase and you may progress to a staff appointment on a Formation Headquarters or the Directorate of Dental Services.
The Royal Australian Army Dental Corps (RAADC) is tasked with providing quality dental care to the Australian Army with the mission of ensuring the conservation of manpower through dental means.
As an Army Reserve Dentist you will be responsible for a field deployable dental section. You will be responsible for the training, welfare and discipline of the soldiers under your command who make up your staff.
You will be required to perform in a clinical environment in the field, under canvas, in operational conditions.