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Senior Medical Advisor

Canberra & ACT, ACT


$$146,987 – $266,108.60 (base salary with the addition of up to 60% additional payment paid fortnightly plus Superannuation)


Medical Officer 3

$146,987 – $266,108.60 (base salary with the addition of up to 60% additional payment paid fortnightly plus Superannuation)** 

Fairbairn – ACT

 Your Role

Are you looking for a change from a role providing direct patient clinical care? Are you looking for challenging occupational medicine case work determining the medical suitability of future ADF personnel?  If so, this is the job for you.

Defence Force Recruiting’s (DFR) medical section, Directorate of Recruiting Health Service (DRHS), is seeking a motivated Medical Officer Class 3 – Senior Medical Advisor (MO3 Medical Advisor) to work in its Headquarters located at Fairbairn, Canberra.

As the MO3 Medical Advisor, you will perform complex occupational medicine work within an integrated workforce which directly contributes to Defence capability by ensuring that people who apply to join the ADF are appropriately medically suitable in accordance with current Defence policy.

Your key duties will include:

  • Provide professional practice in determining the medical fitness of DFR candidates with complex medical conditions. This includes appeals, medical fitness determinations and waiver assessments for the three Services; Navy, Army & Air Force.  
  • Provide expert medical advice regarding the medical screening of applicants to the ADF. This includes providing advice to the contract health provider, contracted personnel and other key stakeholders regarding DFR medically complex candidates and the application of Defence standards.
  • Actively manage relationships with key Defence stakeholders (Defence Force Recruiting Directorates, Joint Health Command, Single Services, Defence Legal) and external agencies (Contract Health Provider, professional colleges and individuals) to deliver DFR outcomes.
  • Identify stakeholder expectations and concerns to achieve outcomes; policy and standards review and advice; complaint management and liaison with Defence Ombudsman, Defence Legal and Complaints Resolution.
  • Lead an operational or project team, being accountable for the outcomes of the team’s work and the appropriate use of resources. This includes building team capability through coaching, providing feedback, reviewing and developing the quality of work undertaken by others within a work unit.
  • Tasks requiring a high degree of problem solving, issues management and the performance of detailed or sensitive projects that impact on strategic operational outcomes for Defence would be expected in this role.

**The additional payment is a Building Defence Capability Payment (BDCP) which enables Defence to provide a premium, in addition to the rate of salary otherwise payable under the Enterprise Agreement (EA) to some or all of the jobs within a critical occupation(s) or discipline within a workplace. Applicants engaged into a BDCP position must consider the following. BDCPs provide remuneration in addition to the Defence Enterprise Agreement (EA). This arrangement is subject to meeting eligibility criteria and is subject to annual review. Should your performance fall beyond requirements or the eligibility criteria not be met, your eligibility for the BDCP may be reviewed and ceased. It may also be ceased should you change positions or the requirement for the BDCP is no longer necessary, as determined by Defence. Should the BDCP be ceased you will be advised and your BDCP additional payment will cease.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a highly motivated Medical Advisor that exemplifies medical professionalism, along with personal drive and integrity. You will be someone that can shape strategic direction and achieve results.

To be successful in this role, you will hold an in-depth knowledge of the occupational medicine field and ideally hold knowledge of compliance with relevant legislative frameworks, government decision-making and Defence’s mission and policy requirements. This role will require you to exercise a considerable degree of independence. You will also hold the ability to cultivate productive working relationships and communicate with influence.  

We are seeking a subject matter expert. Previous military experience will be advantageous.

Our Team

As the MO3 Medical Advisor, you will work as part of a multidiscipline health team comprised of medical officers, psychologists and administrative staff. The DRHS team is directly responsible for providing direction to sixteen Defence Force Recruiting Centres for candidates who have been identified as having a complex medical condition, so as to determine their medical suitability for military service.

The DRHS regularly collaborate with Joint Health Command in reviewing and updating the health standards for ADF entry, matching scientific research against the ADF inherent requirements of service to ensure that the entry standards remain relevant. The team is often asked to investigate and respond to representations and Ministerial representations from candidates and external stakeholders on entry health standards and procedures.

DRHS also determine authority for higher level submissions (medical fitness determinations and review of decisions) and provide waiver risk recommendations to the Services for candidates who do not meet the ADF entry medical standards. The team support the quality management system for delivery of health services by contracted health personnel in DFR, including conducting regular audits.

As a valued member of this team, you will have the opportunity to take part in professional development such as training, along with attending the annual DRHS conference.

Application Closing Date: Thursday 19 November, 2020

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DPG/04620/20 on