Medical Officer

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As an Army doctor a broad range of professional opportunities are open to you including General Practitioner, Procedural Specialist or Senior Health Services Manager. You may be deployed in support of combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian relief operations worldwide.

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Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate Medical Program, Graduate (Reserve)

Whether you are interested in the Army Reserve or Regular (Full-time) Army, as a doctor in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC), you will have a varied and exciting career in Combat Health Units, deployable field hospitals and garrison medical centres. Army doctors are responsible for the general physical and mental health of personnel, which in turn allows the Army to effectively operate in operational and training environments. This requires foundations medical skills in the delivery of primary health care and occupational medicine.

Once qualified RAAMC Medical Officers can expect to deploy wherever the Australian Army goes; combat operations, peacekeeping or humanitarian operations. No matter where it is or the type of operation concerned there may requirement for a Medical Officer. As a doctor in the Army, expect to be challenged clinically, physically and mentally – it’s no ordinary job. 

If you are a medical student, Army can pay for your study and support you through your first years of post-graduate training. For details of undergraduate medical sponsorship refer to the ADF Education section.

For those already qualified as a doctor, the Army has a range of direct employment opportunities for General Practitioners, Occupational Medicine Specialists, Public Health Medicine Specialists and Medical Administrators. There are also opportunities for qualified procedural specialists and those already in training as specialist Registrars. 

The RAAMC has opportunities for medical officers to gain experience in a variety of specialty post graduate courses, once they have met the minimum pre-requisites and experience. Post graduate training may include:  

General Practice;

Rural and Remote Medicine;

Underwater Medicine;

Aviation Medicine;

General/Trauma Surgery;

Orthopaedic Surgery;


Emergency Medicine;

Intensive Care;

Occupational Medicine;

Public Health Medicine; and

Medical Administration.

Whatever specialisation you choose, a career as an Army doctor combines the unique professions of medical practitioner and Army Officer. There is an expectation that all medical officers will develop a foundation in primary health care through a fellowship in either General Practice or Rural and Remote Medicine. Should you opt for a career as a military medical officer you will develop a range of clinical, leadership and management skills that will assist you prepare for higher level clinical and executive leadership positions within RAAMC.