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Nursing Officer

  • : Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve
  • : 09-Aug-2017
  • : Perth WA 6000


The health element of the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve (RAAFSR) is designed to provide a broad range of health services which complement and supplement those maintained in the Permanent Air Force (PAF).

If you are looking for an exciting new outlet for your nursing skills, you'll love the variety on offer in the Air Force Specialist Reserve. One day you could be providing perioperative care in modern medical facilities, and the next attending to earthquake injuries under canvas.

In this varied role you'll need to show both initiative and flexibility as you adapt to the dynamics of remote localities, new conditions and other challenges.

As a Nursing Officer in the Specialist Reserve you will be expected to perform with a high degree of skill in your specialist area, while remaining current and competent in that area of practice. Vacancies are usually most common within the specialties of:

  • Critical care nursing (including ICU and Emergency),
  • Perioperative nursing and;
  • Mental health nursing.

Other trauma related specialties will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To qualify for a position as a Nurse with RAAFSR you must:

  • Hold full AHPRA registration,
  • Possess a postgraduate qualification and at least two years’ experience in your specialty and;
  • Be working a minimum 20 hours per week in that chosen area.

As a RAAFSR member, you will perform a minimum of seven days Reserve service each financial year. However, you may perform considerably more than this on a volunteer basis as tasks and opportunities arise. The maximum number of Reserve service days a RAAFSR member may complete is 150. You will maintain a required standard of health, fitness and military preparedness, including proficiency in weapons handling. As a RAAFSR member you will be only entitled to emergency medical and dental treatment while on duty.

To be eligible for the RAAFSR, you must hold Australian citizenship and be able to complete a 10 year checkable background assessment. Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants entering the RAAFSR are required to undergo Officer training in the form of a Specialist Reserve Officer Familiarisation course which must be completed within two years of appointment. This course is currently of six days duration undertaken at Officers’ Training School, East Sale in Eastern Victoria. Following Officer training, and before you can deploy in your role with RAAFSR, you may be required to undertake: the Operational Health Support course (1 week), Aviation Nursing Officer course (2 weeks), Aeromedical Evacuation course (4 weeks), Military Critical Care Aeromedical Transport course (1 week).

Your work location in RAAFSR will be your closest RAAF Base, but you may be required to travel on occasions.

If this sounds like you, and you are ready to take on your next career challenge, please get in touch with Temara Bassett at Defence Force Recruiting on (07) 3016 2332, email tbassett(at) or reply to this job post.




Australian Defence Force Reservists are ambitious everyday Aussies seeking an additional outlet for their skills.

Some Reservists wish to complement their trade or professional work with extra training and new challenges in a dynamic team environment. Others simply want to do something different, exciting and worthwhile that's in complete contrast to their usual job, and on a part-time basis.

The one thing all Reservists have in common is a desire to 'give something back', serving the country they love and benefitting the broader community.

Reservists provide security at major sporting, religious and political events and build, protect and maintain Australian Defence Force infrastructure. They have played an integral role in the Defence of Australia and the Australian way of life for over a century. Serving in the Reserves is entirely voluntary, but in rare circumstances the Government has the power to 'call out' the Reserves.

The pay you receive in the Reserves goes straight into your pocket with no deductions for tax, and it increases as you gain seniority and experience. You'll also receive a free uniform and Reserve Allowance.  


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Nursing Officer
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Perth WA 6000
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