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.

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 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 specialists@defencecareers.mil.nz

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 are required to hold a MBChB (or overseas equivalent), have recognised experience as a registered medical practitioner, to 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, 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.

The New Zealand Army provides a Fellowship training programme for those training towards their Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice. The NZ Army also supports vocational training in other disciplines such as sports, occupational and emergency medicine.

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

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 will provide funding and study leave for Medical Officers to complete further professional study for a number of different courses including:
 

  • 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
  • Concurrent postgraduate diplomas