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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 can also expect to be deployed in support of combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian relief operations worldwide.

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Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate Medical Program

As a doctor in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC), you will have a varied and exciting career in Army hospitals and medical centres or as a solo practitioner with elite Army units. 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.

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 is likely to be a 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 a comprehensive post graduate program and currently offers training in:

  • General Practice;
  • General/Trauma Surgery;
  • Orthopaedic Surgery;
  • Anaesthetics;
  • Emergency Medicine;
  • Intensive Care;
  • Occupational Medicine;
  • Public Health Medicine;
  • Medical Administration;
  • Aviation Medicine; and
  • Underwater Medicine.

Whatever specialisation you choose, a career as an Army doctor combines the unique professions of medical practitioner and Army Officer. Should you opt for a career as a military medical officer you will develop a range of clinical and management skills that will prepare you for both clinical and executive leadership at the highest levels.

Graduate (Reserve)

As a doctor in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC), you will have a varied and exciting career in Army hospitals and medical centres or as solo practitioners with elite Army units. Army doctors are responsible for the general physical and mental health of personnel, which in turn allows the Army to effectively operate in both training and operational environments.

Army doctors work in diverse areas from primary care, which has an emphasis on sports medicine, trauma and rehabilitation to tropical medicine and population health. Army doctors are likely to be involved in regional disaster relief operations and United Nations Peace Keeping roles throughout the world. Army doctors will specialise in primary care, occupational medicine, sports medicine, public health medicine or medical administration.

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