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Australian Defence Force - Army

Orthopaedic Surgeon ARES

Australian Defence Force - Army

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Job Posted: 06/11/2017

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Job Category:

Medical, Nursing & Healthcare / Medical Specialist

Job description:

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.

The Australian Army Reserves now seeks Medical Procedural Specialists to fulfil a number of part-time positions across Australia. You must be qualified and unconditionally registered as a medical practitioner with AHPRA in your specialisation in a State or Territory of Australia.

  • Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon
  • Facio-Maxillary Surgeon
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • General Surgeon
  • Anaesthetist
  • Intensivist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Ophthalmologist


Your initial military training will consist of a one Module course completed over a period of 9 days. The Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course (SSO FAC) is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides 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. Remuneration for an Army Reserve SSO Captain commences at $217.89 per day and increases to $527.81 per day on promotion to Major. If deployed in your specialisation, you will be entitled to a higher rate of pay and pay rates continue to increase, based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank.

To be 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. All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake their volunteer service until the age of 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service. Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time.

Most Specialist Medical Officers will be initially posted to either a General Health Support Battalion or a Health Support Battalion, which have elements located in all capital cities. Depending on rank and experience, due to geographical location there is scope for travel to be approved, in order to allow specialist from regional areas to travel to capital cities.

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 appointment. 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. The specific age requirement for employment is that officers should not have attained 60 years of age prior to appointment.



The Australian Army is a versatile and modern fighting force that helps maintain the security of Australia. We also provide critical support to communities in need, both here and overseas, employing a range of personnel in medical specialisations in the Army Medical units. Specialist Medical Officers are allocated to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

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 or sea, to humanitarian situations, major international activities and on Operations. Your patients will vary from fit healthy adults to refugees and battle casualties.

If you are already a degree qualified professional, and looking for a part-time job that offers satisfaction, excitement and a challenge, then you may wish to consider a career as a Specialist Service Officer (Medical Procedural Specialist) in the Australian Army Reserve. The Army Reserve will also provide you with the opportunity to utilise and further develop your management and leadership skills. Join the Army and you’ll be rewarded with an exciting career, unique lifestyle and experiences you won’t find anywhere else.


For more information about the role of a Medical Procedural Specialist please click on the APPLY NOW button below.

Please contact Temara Bassett at Defence Force Recruiting to discuss your application directly on (07) 3016 2332 or