Antarctic Medical Practitioner
Here is the opportunity of a lifetime — to practice generalist medicine in one of the most challenging, rewarding and unique environments in the world — Antarctica.
As an Antarctic Medical Practitioner (AMP) you will provide complete generalist medical, surgical and emergency dental care for a remote community at an Australian Antarctic or sub-Antarctic station. AMPs also provide care during voyages and in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic field environments.
You will generally be the sole doctor or medical practitioner at the station. The AMP provides total health care services for 15 to 25 expeditioners over winter. This can increase to 120 during summer (October to March). There may be up to 130 passengers and crew on expedition voyages. AMPs are generally winter jobs (total employment 15 to 18 months, with time in Antarctica 10 to 15 months). Occasional shorter term appointments may be available as ship, summer station and field doctors, however wintering applicants are preferred.
The Australian Antarctic Division is now accepting applications for the role of AMP for commencement in mid 2021 for 2022 winter positions.
For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the ‘How to apply’ section below.
- The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $136,477 to $199,031 per annum ($5232 to $7630 per fortnight before tax).
- Additional allowances totalling $60,974 per annum are payable while working in Antarctica.
- Further allowances for recognition of prior service (up to $12,447 per annum) and working a winter season may be payable.
- You will also receive ACRRM accredited remote and Antarctic medicine training and professional development, medical indemnity and professional development support and opportunities for research and higher degrees in healthcare in remote and extreme environments. The AAD has developed, with the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments and higher awards.
- A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.
- You will accrue recreation leave at the equivalent of 20 days per annum pro rata. Please note that recreation leave is not available in Antarctica, but will be paid out on return to Australia.
For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for consideration you must be either an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or a resident of Australia with a valid visa granting appropriate work rights in Australia.
In addition, these positions require medical registration in Australia which is administered through the Medical Board of Australia. Information on how to become registered in Australia can be found on the Medical Board of Australia website. If you are an International Medical Graduate, information on pathways to become registered in Australia can be found on the Australian Medical Council website.