November 21, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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The opportunity to be a Medical Officer with the Australian Air Force is as exciting as it is challenging. Air Force Medical Officers work in two very distinct job settings. The first is providing healthcare services during non-emergency times to Air Force personnel at various Air Force bases. The second is in the capacity of deployed officers providing emergency care following major natural or manmade disasters. Deployed medical officers are highly trained medical professionals who apply their specialist skills in the areas of aerospace medicine and aero-medical evacuation to assist ADF members on deployment as well as civilian persons in need.
To apply for the graduate program you must be between 17 and 56 years of age inclusive on entry.
The maximum age for entry into the graduate medical program is such that you must be able to obtain your degree and complete your residency as well as your initial minimum period of service obligation before you turn 60, which is the compulsory retirement age.
The maximum age for entry as an undergraduate is such that you must be able to complete your degree as well as any periods of postgraduate experience or professional development placements as well as your initial minimum period of service obligation before you reach the compulsory retirement age of 60.
You can apply to serve as a Medical Officer in the Australian Defence Forces only if you are an Australian citizen and you have obtained the necessary security clearance. Permanent residents of Australia may be considered only under special circumstances and subject to having obtained the necessary security clearance.
As part of the process for applying to the Air Force, you will be required to successfully complete a series of aptitude tests including verbal tests, spatial tests and a general maths test. These aptitude tests are designed to determine whether or not you are suitable for the Defence Force and for a few specified medical specialties.
As part of your medical degree, you will be required to undertake residency training of up to two years. This will be undertaken at an Air Force approved hospital in Australia.
During your first posting, you will undergo training in certain specialties that will allow you to progress from Medical Level 1 to Medical Level 2. These specialist fields include aero-medical evacuation, occupational medicine, aviation medicine, trauma management and operational health support.
As a Medical Officer in the Australian Air Force, you can expect to be posted at any Air Force base within Australia or even overseas.