Medical Officer

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.  To achieve this the NZDF medical officer is expected to provide high quality care to defence personnel at home 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 be expected to provide this care to NZDF personnel, as required 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, Aviation Medicine etc however these are not exclusive to any particular service.

You should be committed to providing high quality care to NZDF personnel at home and 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 at home and on operations.  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.

If you have referred to the minimum requirements below but would like more information on this role please email

Your initial remuneration will be based on previous experience and skill level. This is negotiated on a case by case basis. As your career continues, remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade

Registration with the NZ Medical Council in the general scope of practice for a minimum of 12 months.

Desirable experiences we would like interested applicants to hold include a solid grounding in the delivery of primary care, experience in small multidisciplinary teams; and experience in austere or expeditionary medicine.  Medical officers should have a solid grounding in the delivery of primary care, experience in aspects of acute care including ICU, ED, prehospital medicine, retrieval medicine or anaesthetics, with previous military experience preferred.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

First you’ll complete a 21 week Initial Officer Training Course at RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim). This will commence in either January or July. Here you’ll find out if you’ve got what it takes to be in the Air Force, and will cover various subjects including:

  • RNZAF Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Law
  • Military Field Skills and Weapons Training
  • Defence and Strategic Studies
  • Personnel Administration
  • Communication Skills
  • Command, Leadership and Management
  • First Aid

Training as a medical professional is developed case by case in consultation with the Director of Medicine for the Air Force.

Woodbourne, South Island