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As a part of a large organisation, be responsible for the continued general health and fitness and preventative medical services of its employees.
To be an effective force the Navy needs all its personnel to be fit and healthy. Naval doctors are responsible for the general health of all personnel and may become involved in specialist areas like Aviation Medicine, Underwater Medicine and Occupational Medicine.
The type of doctor the Navy is looking for is someone who can practice medicine for a sea going community. We are looking for people who can practise high standards of care under adverse conditions and with minimal support. This may exclude applicants who want an intense academic or hospital-based specialist career.
The Navy has modern, fully-equipped facilities with trained Nursing, Administrative and Allied Health staff to support you both at sea and ashore. The RAN maintains inpatient ward services at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney and is fully accredited in accordance with Australian and New Zealand Standard ISO 9002:1994. Patients are treated by a number of naval staff supported by visiting Specialists.
Navy doctors will be supported to specialise in areas of medicine that are applicable to the Navy and the maritime environment, such as; Primary Care, Occupational Medicine, Public Health Medicine or Medical Administration. Opportunities exist for promotion and expansion of skills into health leadership and management.
On 31 July 2003, a competency based career and salary structure was introduced for Medical Officers in the ADF. Medical Level 1 is achieved after successful completion of a medical degree and two years hospital residency. Medical Level 2 is achieved after completion of a series of military and military medical courses and a further period of supervised clinical practice. From there, Medical Officers will specialise in Primary Care or health protection areas (Medical Level 3) such as Occupational Medicine, Public Health Medicine or Medical Administration.
Appropriately experienced Medical Officers in the RAN are also able to apply for study streams including: Orthopedics and General Surgery (Trauma), Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Aviation Medicine, Anesthetics Primary Care. Specialisation in these streams of Medicine allows movement to Medical Level 4. Other training may be approved subject to ADF requirements.
To be an effective force the Navy needs all its personnel to be fit and healthy. Medical Officers are responsible for the general health of all personnel and may become involved in specialist areas such as Emergency Management Severe Trauma, Underwater Medicine and Aviation Medicine.
Navy doctors serve in various locations and deal with a wide range of cases. The Navy offers up to date, fully equipped Medical Facilities ashore and afloat. Doctors can serve with Underwater Medicine Units in HMAS Stirling (WA) or HMAS Penguin (NSW) in support of special forces training and submarine operations. Doctors may also be deployed with peace-keeping forces where the focus is primary health and humanitarian medicine.
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