About the Job
Medics (Medical Technicians) in the Army belong to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC). The RAAMC, in conjunction with a multi disciplinary team are responsible to provide every aspect of healthcare to support and maintain the health and well-being of Army personnel. The teams are made up of highly trained professionals who are often called upon to work, in a variety of operational and non-operational conditions in barracks and austere environments.
The role of the RAAMC is to provide health personnel for the delivery of primary health care, evacuation teams, medical facilities and hospitals. RAAMC also encompasses the Army's physical training instructors, pathology technicians, operating theatre technicians, and preventive medicine personnel.
A Medic provides safe patient care from a controlled environment (health facility) or in the field through to independent routine and emergency medical management in the absence of a nurse or doctor.
This encompasses advanced first aid, prehospital emergency care, advanced life support, evacuation of casualties, resuscitation, hospital treatment and skilled nursing care for sick and wounded. They must be able to cope with conventional/unconventional injuries and illnesses in a variety of situations both controlled or austere working independently and effectively under Defence emergency conditions for prolonged periods.
All combat units include a medical element consisting of members of the RAAMC so that healthcare and emergency medical care is available to soldiers from the point of injury in battle back through to medical treatment facilities as their condition demands.
Medics work in five broad fields:
- Professional practice
- Critical reasoning
- Clinical practice/patient care
- Health administration and
- Team work and leadership
The Medic is employed in either a medical or non medical unit with the requirement to:
- Protect the rights of individuals and groups
- Perform health administration
- Provide health logistic support
- Care for in-patients
- Care for outpatients
- Provide basic emergency response
- Meet patient needs
- Promote health and well-being for personnel
- Conduct training
- Provide safe practice in the workplace
- Participate in the deployment of an operational support facility
- Participate in professional development
- Demonstrate effective communication
- Perform advanced life support
- Work independently and remote from higher level medical care and support
- Develop health plans for activities
- Management and coordinating role in the field or health facilities
- Involved in the day to day running of a medical facility
- Conduct health training including instruction and
- Supervision of subordinates
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Preparing for Your Recruitment Process
This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.
Salary & Allowances
In the Army you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.
In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.
Medics are employed in three major locations within Australia. These locations are Townsville, Darwin and Brisbane.
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).
Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age.
Education & Experience
Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics
Note: Consumer Mathematics, Mathematics in Society and similarly 'modified' mathematics are not suitable for entry to the RAAMC.
Applicants with overseas education
Candidates are required to have completed five (5) years (full-time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English in a recognised country, as a registration requirement.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website provides more detailed registration requirements.
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.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.
Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
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.
Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral 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.
The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:
Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.
NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.
All General Entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the Recruit Course.
Total Duration: 80 days.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Recruit training is the same for all entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.
Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.
During Military (Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.
The training continuum for Army Medics consists of seven modules of training over 76 weeks. Upon successful completion of training soldiers may obtain a Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled/Div 2) and a Diploma in Paramedical Science (Ambulance). The training will be delivered using a combination of military and civilian contracted staff.
Location: Army School of Health, Bonegilla, VIC.
Soldiers will achieve national registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Military instructors will cover two modules that include an overview of the history and structure of the ADF health services, Geneva Conventions, advanced first aid, infection control principles and practice, primary health care, resuscitation bay duties, ADF health documentation, specific treatment protocol policies, instructional and assessment qualifications, and many other micro skills associated with health delivery within the military.
Two modules will include the delivery of training from the Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled/Div 2) and the Diploma in Paramedical Science (Ambulance). Medics will attain national registration as Enrolled Nurses with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board. Additionally, two modules combined with the Diploma training involve clinical placements as a hospital nurse and as an ambulance paramedic.
The final module delivers Army specific training and experiences covering such areas as delivery of health care in a deployed setting and preventive medicine techniques.