As a Medical Officer at the Navy Hospital, you will provide medical surgical services to Navy, Army and Air Force personnel, diving medicine service to civilians and occupational medicine for civilian employees of the Navy.
- SpecialisationMedical and Health
- Starting Salary$123,297
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
Training requirements will depend on previous skills held, but all candidates for this role will be required to complete some initial military training.
Junior Officer Common Training Course (JOTC)
(22 weeks) Location: Devonport Naval Base
This course covers the following subject areas:
- RNZN customs
- Drill and parades
- Military law
- Weapons training
- Basic mariner training
- Defence and strategic studies
- Communication skills
- Command, leadership and management
Training as a medical professional is developed case by case in consultation with the Director of Medicine for the Defence Force.
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
Careers in the Navy are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.
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
Fitness and medical
Period of Service
- Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade
- Be medically fit for service
- Be of good character – assessed by study of testimonials and a police record check
- Be free of any criminal convictions for the previous two years
- Like all Officers, you must also pass a two day final officer selection board (for senior / specialist applicants this may be replaced by a panel interview)
In addition to the above pre-joining general requirements, to be eligible for this role you should be qualified to be registered as a New Zealand medical practitioner for at least two years, and hold a current annual practising 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.
Medical Officers will be enlisted on fixed term engagements from 3-15 years.
- 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.