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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.

  • Service
    Army
  • Specialisation
    Medical and Health
  • Location
    Papakura, Waiouru, Linton, Trentham, Burnham
  • Starting Salary
    $124,489
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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.

I get quite excited about coming to work each day. Every day is a different day, the troops have different problems.

 

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Ongoing 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, on exercise 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.

If you have referred to the minimum requirements below but would like more information on this role please email specialists@defencecareers.mil.nz

SPECIALIST OFFICER INDUCTION COURSE

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do a six week specialist officer military training course to teach you the basics of being in the Army. The course is designed to assist you in your integration into the Army and although it is challenging, it’s specifically catered for specialist officers. You will be taught the basics including:

  • Navigation
  • Weapon handling
  • Leadership
  • Drill and barrack routine
  • Living in the field
  • Army Ethos and Values

After initial employment and training the NZ Army 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
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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and gain additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.

$123,297

Graduate Registered

$193,449

Vocational Registration

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Basics
Education
Fitness and Medical
Citizenship
Period of Service

Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.

You are required to hold a MBChB (or overseas equivalent), have recognised experience as a registered medical practitioner, have at least two years house surgeon experience and hold a current New Zealand Practicing Certificate.

Desirable experiences: we would like interested applicants to hold include a solid grounding in the delivery of primary care and have experience in small multidisciplinary teams. Experience in austere or expeditionary medicine is an advantage. 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.

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.
  • 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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