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RAAFSR – Physiotherapist


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

Physiotherapists are responsible for providing physiotherapy services for ADF personnel in a variety of environments which may include on-Base ADF facilities, in support of personnel on exercises or operational deployments.

During your service you can expect a variety of employment roles:

·         Physiotherapy duties in a static hospital caring for pre and post-operative cases;

·         Physiotherapy of patients in a field environment, including inpatient and ICU patients;

·         Rehabilitation of patients after extensive surgery or illness;

·         Sports medicine physiotherapy, (ie sports injuries management and prevention), to units and Defence sports; and

·         Depending on postings, some physiotherapists may deploy with their units to remote areas.

To be appointed as an Air Force officer under this stream, you must have completed a Degree in Physiotherapy from a recognised tertiary institution and have at least 2 years postgraduate experience, preferably in sports or an allied area. You must also be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

To be eligible for the Specialist Reserves, you must hold Australian citizenship, be able to complete a 10 year checkable background assessment and be cleared medically and physically by the Defence Force Recruiting medical team. 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 Specialist Reserve 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, all Health Specialist Reserve members must complete the Operational Health Support course which is of two weeks' duration, located at RAAF Base Richmond. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the deployable health capability and equipment. You may also have the opportunity to complete the Aeromedical Evacuation course.

Once appointed into the Specialist Reserve, you will service an initial appointment of five years (including a probationary period of two years) followed by extensions (subject to approval) of five year periods. Compulsory retirement age is 65 years.

If you are seeking the opportunity to challenge yourself, travel and help communities in need, then a rewarding career in the RAAF Specialist Reserve is waiting for you. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Temara Bassett at Defence Force Recruiting in Brisbane on (07) 3016 2332 and visit to learn more.



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