Unlike any medical career in the civilian world and unrivaled in its variety, you will practice all aspects of medical care and train other medics and aircrew.
- ServiceAir Force
- SpecialisationMedical and Health
- LocationWhenuapai, Ohakea, Woodbourne
- Starting Salary$119,895
About the role
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.
Career progression and training
RNZAF Officer Commissioning Course (ROC)
(26 weeks) Location: RNZAF Base Woodbourne
All individuals selected to become Commissioned Officers in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) are required to complete this course. It is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience necessary for commissioned service and the beginning of a career in leadership. This course 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 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
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 medical and dental
5 weeks annual leave
Access to additional compensation and housing allowances
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Defence discounts at selected stores and services
Fitness & Medical
Period of Service
- 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.
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.