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NZDF health is tasked with maintaining, improving and restoring the health of the Defence Force in order to maintain the operational effectiveness of the NZDF.
- SpecialisationMedical and Health
- Starting Salary$120,104
About the role
To achieve the task, the NZDF medical officer is expected to provide high quality care to defence personnel at home, on exercise, and on operations.
The Defence Medical Officer is a generalist with a diverse role that includes aspects of primary care, occupational medicine, sports/musculoskeletal medicine, expeditionary medicine, prehospital medicine and acute care. The NZDF medical officer will provide this care to NZDF personnel, as required, be it on land, at sea or in the air.
NZDF health is committed to providing opportunities to develop and maintain the skills and experience required to deliver this care. Individual services may provide opportunities to acquire specific occupational knowledge or skills including Dive Medicine and Aviation Medicine, however these are not exclusive to any particular service.
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Career progression and training
As a Medical Officer in the New Zealand Army, you will be able to take your existing skills to the next level. The comprehensive training you will receive as an Officer will allow you to lead teams of people, in all kinds of situations.
You should be committed to providing high quality care to NZDF personnel at home and overseas, on exercises and on operations. You will sometimes be expected to work in diverse and challenging environments often in small multidisciplinary teams. Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain strong teams will be a key attribute.
You should be adaptable enough in your clinical practise to work with confidence, often in austere environments on land, at sea or in the air. Health provision to defence is complex involving aspects of primary care, occupational medicine and emergency medicine. You should be willing to acquire and continually develop skills across this broad spectrum of experience.
Officer Cadet School
(12 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp
Initial training begins in early January. Attendees at this training will be a mixture of Regular Force General List Officer Cadets, Regular Force Special List Officer Cadets, and Reserve Force Special List Officer Cadets.
The training will be split into three modules and attendance at Modules One, Two and Three is required for all Regular Force Officer Cadets. Reserve Force Special List Officer Cadets must attend Modules One and Three; this can be in the same year or in consecutive years.
Module One: 9 January - 4 February
Module Two: 4 February - 4 March
Module Three: 13 March - 9 April
- NZ Army Ethos and Values
- Physical Training
- Basic field-craft
- Military Unarmed Combat
- Weapon handling
- Radio telephone procedure
- Weapon handling
- NZ Army tactics
Training as a Medical Officer is developed case-by-case in consultation with the NZDF’s Chief Medical Officer and the senior Medical Officer at your local Defence Health Centre.
The training programme may consist of a combination of “on the job” experience, readings, completion of a series of prescribed tasks (a workbook), and discussions with other Defence Health professionals, to ensure you are familiar with Defence Force policies and systems.
After initial employment and training the Defence Force may provide funding and study leave for Medical Officers to complete further professional study. Options may include, but are not limited to:
- Early Management of Severe Trauma Course
- Sports Medicine Course/Diplomas
- Musculo-Skeletal Medicine Course
- Dive Medicine Course
- GPVTP Registrar (RNZCGP Supervised)
- RNZCGP Supervision and oversight post GPVTP part 1
- Tertiary study
Salary and benefits
Remuneration for Medical Officers is benchmarked against the DHB, with military factor and superannuation contribution (if joining a scheme) in addition. Candidates will be assessed individually for their starting remuneration step based on post graduate qualifications and experience. The figures below are only an indication of salary.
All full time members of the NZ Defence Force receive an added portion to their salary known as Military Factor. This additional compensation recognises the unique nature of military service and the commitment you make to serve your country. This can include short notice postings around the country and overseas. You will be directed at times to be continuously alert, undertake arduous and hazardous duties, and be exposed to adverse working environments exclusive to military life. This also includes the exercise of military skills not recognised by market comparisons. The part you play in our Defence Force and your commitment to our country will be financially rewarded.
Free and subsidised medical and dental care
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.
- Registration with the NZ Medical Council
- Must have completed postgraduate year 2 (PGY2)
Desirable qualifications and experiences:
- Experience in the delivery of primary care,
- Vocational qualification and registration in a primary healthcare speciality (general practice, acute care and occupational health),
- Clinical experience in pre-hospital emergency care (PHEC),
- Experience in sports and exercise medicine,
- Experience in occupational health.
Applicants would also benefit from experience in small multidisciplinary teams, austere or expeditionary medicine, and/or previous military service.
The New Zealand Army provides a Fellowship training programme to enable training towards the Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice. A selection and prioritisation process is used for acceptance on this pathway. The NZ Army may also support vocational training in other disciplines such as sports, occupational and emergency medicine.
- You must be medically fit for service.
- You must meet the minimum entry fitness standards.
- Colour perception restrictions may apply.
There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required SV security clearance for this trade.
Find out if you’re eligible here.
There may be a return of service period for this trade.
Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.
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