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.
- SpecialisationMedical and Health
- LocationPapakura, Waiouru, Linton, Trentham, Burnham
- Starting Salary$119,895
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
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.
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Initial Induction Training (IIT) – Jan/Mar
(8 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp
All direct entry NZ Army Officer Cadets and selected individuals are required to complete IIT. This full-time course will introduce potential officers to the standards and discipline required to be an effective member of the New Zealand Army. It is designed to train basic individual military skills which includes:
- Physical Training
- Military Unarmed Combat
- Weapon handling
- Radio telephone procedure
Individuals wishing to conduct IIT need to be motivated, adaptable, resilient, physically fit and have a desire to be an effective leader within the New Zealand Defence Force.
Specialist Officer Induction Course (SOIC) – May/Jun
(6 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp
This course is designed for personnel who are employed by the New Zealand Army for their specialist skills. Specialist Officers are required to complete this course in their first year of employment. Those enlisting into the Territorial Force will have the option of completing this course in two modules (i.e. Module One = 3 weeks and Module Two = 3 weeks), in consecutive years. Students will learn how to utilise and integrate their specialist skills within the context of the New Zealand Army. This course provides an introduction to the military skills required of Specialist Officers which includes:
- Basic field-craft
- Weapon handling
- NZ Army Ethos and Values
- NZ Army tactics
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 and Medical
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.
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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.