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Dental Officer


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About the Job

An Air Force Dental Officer is responsible for providing dental services to maintain the oral health of Australian Defence personnel so that they are able to effectively perform their duties without dental conditions causing them distress or reducing their combat effectiveness.

Dental Officers are responsible for clinical assessment and treatment of personnel and provision of advice in respect of oral health requirements in relation to fitness for duty to Commanders. These duties extend to the provision of services to deploy, operate and maintain portable dental treatment facilities within Australia and overseas upon a wide range of patient age and health status. Dental Officers are classified as a non-combatant and will be a protected person under international law when performing these duties on operations.

In the normal setting, Air Force dental surgeries are equipped to a high standard. Dental assistants will give you the necessary support to provide the highest level of oral healthcare for your patients. Specialist referral is available when necessary.

When deployed, Dental Officers are responsible for the oral healthcare of deployed personnel, management and maintenance of the field dental unit. Responsibilities may extend to executive health officer roles, applying first aid or advanced life support and assisting with patient triage. In certain circumstances, specially trained Dental Officers may be required to provide advanced airway and pain management.

Senior Dental Officers may also be responsible for managing dental facilities or health units, assuring the safety and quality of healthcare provided, mentoring and training of junior Dental Officers and for local supervision of Defence contracts.

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Undergraduate

Join while still at university and have your remaining study fees sponsored

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Salary can be over $97,500 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


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Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary on appointment: $85,460 per year*.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $682 per year*.

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,448 per year. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

Salary will continue to increase based on rank, Dental Level and the number of years of service completed in that Dental Level. Refer to the Salary Scales.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); and superannuation.

Locations

Though you may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia, your first posting will be to a large dental facility at RAAF Amberley, RAAF Williamtown or RAAF Richmond. This provides you with the opportunity to develop your clinical and military skills under the supervision and mentorship of a more experienced Dental Officer. Dentists classified as Competency Level 2 may be posted to any location based on service requirements and could work as a solo military dentist in a remote location.

During your Air Force Career, further postings and promotions are based on reporting history and a requirement to fill specific vacancies.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry. Maximum age on entry is 56 years of age.

Education & Experience

You must have completed a university degree in dentistry and be eligible for registration as a dentist in a State or Territory of Australia.

Fully qualified Dentist direct entrant applicants who have more than two years clinical experience as a Dentist in Australia or certain other countries which have current mutual recognition provisions for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority, will have an individual assessment of their competency level for placement within the Dental Officer Specialist Officer Career Structure.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of two years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

Additional Requirements

Experience in general practice or specialist dentistry would be anadvantage. Membership of study groups or regular attendance atseminars, conferences or post-graduate courses, would be anadvantage.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 17 Weeks

Immediately upon joining the Air Force, direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 17 weeks duration. This is a live-in course completed at RAAF Base East Sale, located 220 kilometres east of Melbourne (VIC).

The major elements of the course involve introduction to military life, Air Force Values and attitudes, Ground Defence and Weapons training, Leadership and Personal Development, Communication Skills and Air Force Operations studies.

Further details on officer training are available on the Officers Training School website or refer to the Joining Instructions.

The information on the website and in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (Initial Officer) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (if applicable), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Dental Officer Initial Course - 14 days

This initial course is conducted during your first year of employment as a Dental Officer and is held at the ADF Dental School, HMAS CERBERUS (near Hastings, Victoria). The course includes training in Administrative and Clinical rules relating to the provision of Dental Services in the Australian Defence Force and particular clinical skills.

Further Training

Your training and work within the Air Force will provide you with distinct skills rarely matched in private or government practice.

During the early years of your Air Force career, you will undertake training in Aviation Medicine and Physiology, Operational Health Support, Operating a portable dental treatment unit, Forensic Odontology and Advanced Life Support.

As part of your ongoing professional development, the Dental Officer Specialist Officer Career Structure defines much of the sponsored training you will have access to in your career. As already explained, newly graduated Dental Officers will initially be classified as Competency Level 1, and following a structured and deliberate program of training and mentorship by a senior dentist, will be reclassified to Competency Level 2 usually around the end of their second year of practice. Further development to Competency Level 3 will either be in the form of Fellowship in general stream of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or in a clinical Graduate Diploma in selected fields based on Air Force needs. Attainment of Competency Level 3 is usually achieved after the fourth or fifth year of clinical practice.

Additional courses beyond this point will skill you further as an Officer and as a manager of people and finance. This training may include sponsored further tertiary study leading to formal qualifications in Management or Population Health.

Together, these skills will make you an extremely well skilled and versatile Dentist, with a variety of work and life experiences which make you the envy of your civilian colleagues.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 3 years to graduation: $36,167 per year.*

With 2 years to graduation: $41,732 per year.*

In final year: $47,296 per year.*

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year. This increases to $682 per year after commissioning.

Qualified Dental Officers are appointed at Dental Level 1 with a salary of $85,460 per year*.

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,448 per year except while undertaking academic, Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

Salary after completion of undergraduate sponsorship will continue to increase based on rank, Dental Level and the number of years of service completed in that Dental Level. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

Though you may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia, your first posting will be to a large dental facility at RAAF Amberley, RAAF Williamtown or RAAF Richmond. This provides you with the opportunity to develop your clinical and military skills under the supervision and mentorship of a more experienced Dental Officer. Dentists classified as Competency Level 2 may be posted to any location based on service requirements and could work as a solo military dentist in a remote location.

During your Air Force Career, further postings and promotions are based on reporting history and a requirement to fill specific vacancies.


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree, any periods of postgraduate experience, or professional development placements and their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation incurred under the scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Education & Experience

To be eligible for an Air Force Undergraduate sponsorship, applicants must have completed:

  • Year 12 with passes in English and three other Board of Secondary School Studies registered subjects and
  • The first year of study (preferably with Semester 1 and 2 results) of a dental degree which enables registration as a general Dentist with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority.

This entry mode attracts a debt' roughly similar to the maximum rate of HECS costs ($10,000 per annum). In general terms, this debt accrues (increases) whilst you are undertaking study, with the maximum debt reached on completion of study. Once the period of study has ended, the debt begins to acquit (reduce) for the remainder of your Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). Once the IMPS period is complete, there is no remaining debt.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) dependant on your length of sponsorship. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

The length of IMPS in total will depend on the duration of sponsorship. Any requirement for post-graduation experience, eg: medical residency, legal articles will be incorporated in your IMPS.

Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 1 week + 17 Weeks

During your first year of sponsorship you'll attend a one-week Familiarisation Course at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC. This will introduce you to basic military protocols and procedures.

Then following graduation you'll undertake a 17-week Initial Officer Course to learn about Air Force values and attitudes, and engage in:

  • Ground defence and weapons training
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Communication skills and
  • An introduction to Air Force operations.

For further details on officer training refer to the Joining Instructions. The information in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (OTS) Training and any subsequent (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Dental Officer Initial Course - 14 days

This initial course is conducted during your first year of employment as a Dental Officer and is held at the ADF Dental School, HMAS CERBERUS (near Hastings, Victoria). The course includes training in Administrative and Clinical rules relating to the provision of Dental Services in the Australian Defence Force and particular clinical skills.

Further Training

Your training and work within the Air Force will provide you with distinct skills rarely matched in private or government practice.

During the early years of your Air Force career, you will undertake training in Aviation Medicine and Physiology, Operational Health Support, Operating a portable dental treatment unit, Forensic Odontology and Advanced Life Support.

As part of your ongoing professional development, the Dental Officer Specialist Officer Career Structure defines much of the sponsored training you will have access to in your career. As already explained, newly graduated Dental Officers will initially be classified as Competency Level 1, and following a structured and deliberate program of training and mentorship by a senior dentist, will be reclassified to Competency Level 2 usually around the end of their second year of practice. Further development to Competency Level 3 will either be in the form of Fellowship in general stream of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or in a clinical Graduate Diploma in selected fields based on Air Force needs. Attainment of Competency Level 3 is usually achieved after the fourth or fifth year of clinical practice.

Additional courses beyond this point will skill you further as an Officer and as a manager of people and finance. This training may include sponsored further tertiary study leading to formal qualifications in Management or Population Health.

Together, these skills will make you an extremely well skilled and versatile Dentist, with a variety of work and life experiences which make you the envy of your civilian colleagues.