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Medical Officer


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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About the Job

The Australian Army employs a range of personnel in medical trades and specialisations in the Army Medical units. Medical Officers (doctors) are allocated to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC).

Within the Australian Army Health Services, you will gain exposure to modern and mobile operating environments, advanced technology, equipment, materials and assistance that you would have in a civilian practice. Due to the ever changing global situation you could be called on to provide specialist care on land, aviation or maritime/sea environments, to humanitarian situations, major international activities and on operations. Your patients will vary from fit healthy adults to refugees (which may include children and the elderly) and battle casualties.

As a full or part time Doctor, your primary place of work will see you serve in one of Army's deployable health units. These units are primarily located in Adelaide, Darwin, Townsville, Brisbane and limited appointments in Sydney.

Depending on your full time or reserve service, as an Army Doctor you may deploy in the field, regionally or overseas. During your service you will work in a combination of primary health care settings (health centres and clinics) and will be provided opportunity to undertake relevant clinical placement towards attaining relevant skills Fellowship qualifications.

You may also have opportunities to complete full-time postgraduate registrar training to further your skills and qualifications.

The Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) is tasked with providing quality health care to the Australian Army with the mission of ensuring the conservation of manpower through medical means.

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

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Salary can be over $93,600 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 $81,121 per year *. 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.

Doctors 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 * 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 $13,717 per year 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

On appointment as a Doctor you will be posted to an Army health unit at the Commissioned rank of Captain. The priority locations for junior Doctors are Darwin, Townsville and Brisbane. As Doctors progress professionally they can expect to post to other locations in support of niche Army capabilities. Army Reserve Doctors can expect to be posted to a diverse range of posting locations depending on their individual circumstances and service need. Doctors can expect to remain in a posted locality for one to three years.


Requirements

Age

Applicants may apply up to the age of 56 years. The compulsory retirement age for Medical Officers is 60 years.

Education & Experience

To be appointed as a Doctor in the Australian Army Reserve, you must:

  • Possess a degree in Medicine from a recognised tertiary institution
  • Have completed Hospital Internship and
  • Be registered to practice as a Doctor in a State or Territory of Australia. Documentary evidence of registration must be provided.

Applicants may commence their application and be considered for entry during Internship phase. Experience in primary health care delivery is an advantage with a minimum of 6 months general practice recognised experience being required for Doctors to become employable and deployable in Army.

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 three 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.

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 obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Training

Military Training

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

Ares SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Medical Officer and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

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

Employment Training

Following completion of Military Training, Medical Officers complete the Logistic Officers Basic Course, which includes a Special-to-Corps Phase.

Duration of the course: 3-4 Weeks

Location of the course: Army School of Logistic Operations, Army Logistic Training Centre Bonegilla, Victoria.

Employment as an officer in the RAAMC is diversified and interesting. As well as developing the management skills required to become an effective member of the healthcare team, RAAMC officers must be competent in tactics, operational and administrative staff work. The Corps seeks a special class of officer, one who can temper military zeal and excellence with compassion for their fellow soldier.

Medical Officers Introductory Course

Duration of the course: 2 Weeks

Location of the course: Health Services Wing, Army Logistic Training Centre Bonegilla, Victoria

This course is completed in the first year as a uniformed medical officer and is designed to assist with the Medical Officer's assimilation into service life and his/her role as a medical officer (MO). Topics include the organisation of the health services, the medical classification system and documentation, diseases of military importance, preventive medicine and introduce the duties of an RMO.

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

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

First Year $60,443 per year.*

Second Year $62,594 per year.*

Third Year $64,840 per year.*

Fourth Year $67,123 year.*

Year of Internship $71,848 per year.*

On completion of hospital residency, salary (excluding allowances) on appointment at Medical Level 1 is $81,121 per year.*

Note: Applicants who are serving in the Reserve may be entitled to a higher rate of salary. The Officer Selection Board will advise if you are entitled to a higher salary rate by virtue of previous Reserve service.

Uniform Maintenance Allowance at a rate of $682 per year 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 $13,717 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 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 Doctor.

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

Locations

On appointment as a Doctor you will be posted to an Army health unit at the Commissioned rank of Captain. The priority locations for junior Doctors are Darwin, Townsville and Brisbane. As Doctors progress professionally they can expect to post to other locations in support of niche Army capabilities. Army Reserve Doctors can expect to be posted to a diverse range of posting locations depending on their individual circumstances and service need. Doctors can expect to remain in a posted locality for one to three years.


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.

During your first posting you will also undergo training in trauma management, aero medical evacuation and occupational medicine.

There is an expectation that all GMS sponsored officers will apply for acceptance into either the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) or Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRMM) in order progress along a General Practice or Rural and Remote Medicine pathway. This is to ensure that all Doctors' have the requisite primary health care skills to support the Army workforce. Progression through GP or ACRMM training pathway is required for progression from ML 2 to ML 3. There may be limited scope for registration with other colleges, however, this will need to be discussed and approved through the RAAMC Career Advisor.

Applicants should aim for entry to the AGPT early in their intern year (PGY 1) and where possible, complete one Basic Term prior to first posting as an Army Doctor. Those who do not enter the AGPT during their residency are encouraged to complete a three month term in general practice during PGY2, if not this will be required on entering uniformed service.

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

Applicants will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of the period of sponsorship times two, plus an additional 365 days, or until the expiry of the members Return of Service Obligation (ROSO), whichever is the greater. Pay-back of ROSO starts following completion of any period of residency.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered, subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

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 obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Training

Military Training

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

Ares SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Medical Officer and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

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

Employment Training

Following completion of Military Training, Medical Officers complete the Logistic Officers Basic Course, which includes a Special-to-Corps Phase.

Duration of the course: 3-4 Weeks

Location of the course: Army School of Logistic Operations, Army Logistic Training Centre Bonegilla, Victoria.

Employment as an officer in the RAAMC is diversified and interesting. As well as developing the management skills required to become an effective member of the healthcare team, RAAMC officers must be competent in tactics, operational and administrative staff work. The Corps seeks a special class of officer, one who can temper military zeal and excellence with compassion for their fellow soldier.

Medical Officers Introductory Course

Duration of the course: 2 Weeks

Location of the course: Health Services Wing, Army Logistic Training Centre Bonegilla, Victoria

This course is completed in the first year as a uniformed medical officer and is designed to assist with the Medical Officer's assimilation into service life and his/her role as a medical officer (MO). Topics include the organisation of the health services, the medical classification system and documentation, diseases of military importance, preventive medicine and introduce the duties of an RMO.

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

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 4 years to graduation: $31,215 per year.*

With 3 years to graduation: $36,891 per year.*

With 2 years to graduation: $42,566 per year.*

In final year: $48,242 per year.*

In intern year (Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1)): $71,848 per year.*

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 $46,448 per year while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counsellor for details.

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

On completion of hospital residency, salary (excluding allowances) on appointment at Medical Level 1 is $81,121 per year.*

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,717 per year. 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 Doctor.

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

On appointment as a Doctor you will be posted to an Army health unit at the Commissioned rank of Captain. The priority locations for junior Doctors are Darwin, Townsville and Brisbane. As Doctors progress professionally they can expect to post to other locations in support of niche Army capabilities. Army Reserve Doctors can expect to be posted to a diverse range of posting locations depending on their individual circumstances and service need. Doctors can expect to remain in a posted locality for one to three years.


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree and their Return of Service Obligation incurred under the Scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Applicants are to have reached 18 years at the date of application for Undergraduate.

Education & Experience

To be eligible for Army Undergraduate sponsorship, you must have completed Year 12 with passes in English and three other academic subjects and successfully completed at least two years of a five or six year full-time degree at a faculty of Medicine.

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

Undergraduates will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service equalling the length of sponsorship, times two, plus an additional 365 days.

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 obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Training

Military Training

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

Ares SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Medical Officer and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

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

Employment Training

Following completion of Military Training, Medical Officers complete the Logistic Officers Basic Course, which includes a Special-to-Corps Phase.

Duration of the course: 3-4 Weeks

Location of the course: Army School of Logistic Operations, Army Logistic Training Centre Bonegilla, Victoria.

Employment as an officer in the RAAMC is diversified and interesting. As well as developing the management skills required to become an effective member of the healthcare team, RAAMC officers must be competent in tactics, operational and administrative staff work. The Corps seeks a special class of officer, one who can temper military zeal and excellence with compassion for their fellow soldier.

Medical Officers Introductory Course

Duration of the course: 2 Weeks

Location of the course: Health Services Wing, Army Logistic Training Centre Bonegilla, Victoria

This course is completed in the first year as a uniformed medical officer and is designed to assist with the Medical Officer's assimilation into service life and his/her role as a medical officer (MO). Topics include the organisation of the health services, the medical classification system and documentation, diseases of military importance, preventive medicine and introduce the duties of an RMO.

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