Summer boating
Summer boating (Photo: Dr John Smith)

Antarctic Medical Practitioners spend an initial three months at the AAD's headquarters at Kingston in southern Tasmania before leaving for Antarctica or sub-Antarctic locations. During this time they participate in both general expedition and specific medical training.

A structured pre-departure medical training program supplements experience by training doctors in environmental and occupational health (particularly cold injuries), anaesthetics, laboratory techniques, radiography and radiology and physiotherapy.

Dental problems occur commonly in Antarctica despite pre-departure dental checks of expeditioners. Training in routine basic dentistry is carried out during a formal two-week course at the Royal Dental Hospital in Melbourne.