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Medical Officer


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About the Job

As an Air Force Medical Officer you will have dual roles. You will provide health services on Air Force bases to ensure the continued health and fitness of Air Force and ADF personnel, which in turn enables our nation's air defence capabilities to remain operational. In the deployed environment you will apply your acquired specialist skills in the areas of aeromedical evacuation and aerospace medicine to assist not only ADF members on deployment but civilian persons in need following major disasters such as the Bali bombings and the Asian Tsunami. In addition to primary care, you will be significantly involved in provision of aerospace, occupational and preventive medicine services, including the long-term monitoring of members' physical and mental fitness.

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 and this was further reviewed in 2010. 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 generally continue specialty training leading to a Fellowship in primary care with RACGP or ACRRM (Medical Level 3). Further speciality training in an Australian Medical Council recognised specialty may be undertaken leading to Medical Level 4. This may be undertaken in specialties such as occupational medicine, public health medicine, sports medicine or medical administration. Other specialty training programs may be available subject to ADF requirements.

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Graduate Medical Program

With an existing degree, be sponsored to study medicine

Undergraduate

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

Learn more about Entry Methods


Salary can be over $91,800 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


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Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary (excluding allowances) on appointment at Medical Level 1 is $79,530 per year ($3,058 per fortnight)*. The pay increase on progression from Medical Level 1 to Medical Level 2 is substantial and can be expected within 12-18 months after the completion of your resident year (PGY2) and commencing uniformed service.

Medical Officers may be appointed at higher Medical Levels, with concomitantly higher salaries, depending on the postgraduate qualifications held.

Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight)* is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition.

From your PGY2 resident year, in addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,448 per year ($517 per fortnight). 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 Medical Level, rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. 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

You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia or possibly overseas, although overseas posting are limited.


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

To be appointed as a Medical Officer in the Air Force, you must be registered as a medical practitioner under the laws of the Commonwealth or a State of Australia, or hold qualifications, which will enable you to be registered. Documentary evidence of registration must be provided.

Applicants completing their Intern / Residency phase are also eligible to apply.

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

When you embark on a career as a Medical Officer through Graduate Entry you'll be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to ADF needs and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation and give a minimum of three months notice.

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

During your first posting you will also undergo training in aviation medicine, trauma management, aeromedical evacuation, operational health support and occupational medicine in order to progress from Medical Level 1 to Medical Level 2.

The RAAF Aviation Medical Officer course is conducted at the Institute for Aviation Medicine at RAAF Edinburgh and is a 5 week course.

There are limited opportunities for RAAF Medical Officers to be selected for overseas training or exchange posts. These are generally available after Medical Officers have completed their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

For more information on professional medical training in the Australian Defence Force, refer to the Defence Health Service website.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

First Year $56,953 per year ($2,184 per fortnight).*

Second Year $58,980 per year ($2,262 per fortnight).*

Third Year $61,097 per year ($2,343 per fortnight).*

Fourth Year $63,247 per year ($2,426 per fortnight).*

Year of Internship $67,699 per year ($2,596 per fortnight).*

On completion of hospital residency, salary (excluding allowances) on appointment at Competency Level 1 $76,436 per year ($2,932 per fortnight).*

Service Allowance at the rate of $12,924 per year ($497 per fortnight) is paid to all members (except for certain trainee entries) below the rank of Wing Commander or equivalent. The 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 Medical Level, rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. The pay increase on progression from Medical Level 1 to Medical Level 2 is substantial and can be expected within 12-18 months of commencing uniformed service as a Medical Officer.

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

Locations

You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia or possibly overseas, although overseas posting are limited.


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

You must have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree, which may include humanities related degrees such as BA, BBus or BEd. In addition, you must have successfully completed the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test ( GAMSAT ) and been accepted by an Australian university of your choice. Applicants may be sponsored from commencement of the four-year degree.

You may attend an Officer Selection Board pending receipt of an offer to attend your chosen university.

The ADF will also accept applications from unencumbered (not bonded) or full-fee paying students. Full-fee paying university students will be reimbursed the equivalent amount of HELP scheme entitlement for that degree stream. The refund will be the highest amount specified in the government-approved, student contribution range for each degree stream.

Failure during Degree Studies: If you fail an examination and are unable to progress to the next academic year or graduate, your appointment may be terminated (recovery of costs including fees, salary and books would usually be initiated in these cases). Approval may be given for the student to repeat the year at the member's or ADF expense, provided that the failure was not due to a lack of application on the part of the student.

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

During your first posting you will also undergo training in aviation medicine, trauma management, aeromedical evacuation, operational health support and occupational medicine in order to progress from Medical Level 1 to Medical Level 2.

The RAAF Aviation Medical Officer course is conducted at the Institute for Aviation Medicine at RAAF Edinburgh and is a 5 week course.

There are limited opportunities for RAAF Medical Officers to be selected for overseas training or exchange posts. These are generally available after Medical Officers have completed their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

Participation in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is strongly encouraged. Applicants should aim for entry to the AGPT in their second postgraduate year and complete one Basic Term prior to first posting as an Air Force Medical Officer. Those who do not enter the AGPT during their residency are encouraged to complete a three month term in general practice under the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program.

For more information on professional medical training in the Australian Defence Force, refer to the Defence Health Service website.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 4 years to graduation: $30,603 per year ($1,177 per fortnight).*

With 3 years to graduation: $36,167 per year ($1,391 per fortnight).*

With 2 years to graduation: $41,732 per year ($1,605 per fortnight).*

In final year: $47,296 per year ($1,819 per fortnight).*

In intern year (Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1)): $70,439 per year ($2,709 per fortnight).*

In residency year (Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY 2): $79,530 per year ($3,058 per fortnight) plus service allowance.*

Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $43,766 per year ($1,679 per fortnight) while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counsellor for details.

Uniform Maintenance Allowance at a rate of $419 per year ($16 per fortnight) is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition. This increases to $682 per annum ($26 per fortnight) after commissioning.

On completion of hospital residency, salary (excluding allowances) on appointment at Medical Level 1 is $79,530 per year ($3,058 per fortnight).*

From your PGY2 resident year, in addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,448 per year ($517 per fortnight). This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family. It is not payable during Undergraduate sponsorship.

Salary will continue to increase based on Medical Level, rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. The pay increase on progression from Medical Level 1 to Medical Level 2 is substantial and can be expected within 12-18 months after the completion of your resident year (PGY2) and commencing uniformed service as a Medical Officer.

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); and superannuation.

Locations

You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia or possibly overseas, although overseas posting are limited.


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 full year of study (preferably with academic results) of a full-time degree at a Faculty of Medicine.

South Australian Undergraduate applicants may achieve a pass at Year 11 English and a pass in a language rich subject at Year 12.

In addition, candidates who have English as a Second Language qualifications completed after 1991 which contribute to the candidate's Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER), may be used as an alternative to mainstream English for all training.

As part of their medical degree Medical graduates will be required to undertake residency training of up to two years duration as directed by the medical registration authorities. Residency will be undertaken at a hospital in Australia approved by the Air Force.

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

During your first posting you will also undergo training in aviation medicine, trauma management, aeromedical evacuation, operational health support and occupational medicine in order to progress from Medical Level 1 to Medical Level 2.

The RAAF Aviation Medical Officer course is conducted at the Institute for Aviation Medicine at RAAF Edinburgh and is a 5 week course.

There are limited opportunities for RAAF Medical Officers to be selected for overseas training or exchange posts. These are generally available after Medical Officers have completed their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

Participation in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program is strongly encouraged. Applicants should aim for entry to the AGPT in their second postgraduate year and complete one Basic Term prior to first posting as an Air Force Medical Officer. Those who do not enter the AGPT during their residency are encouraged to complete a three month term in general practice under the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program.

For more information on professional medical training in the Australian Defence Force, refer to the Defence Health Service website.