Antarctic Medical Practitioner

Applications for all positions supporting the 2018–19 Australian Antarctic Program have now closed. Apply now for the role of Antarctic Medical Practitioner for the 2019-20 season.

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The Australian Antarctic Division is now accepting applications for the role of Antarctic Medical Practitioner for commencement in mid-2019 for 2020 winter positions.

Overview of the role

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 station, during a voyage and in Antarctic and subantarctic field environments.

You will be the sole medical practitioner at the station, providing total health care service for approximately 15 to 18 wintering expeditioners, up to 120 during summer (October to March) and up to 130 passengers and crew on expedition voyages. Most positions available are for winter (total employment 15–18 months, with time in Antarctica 10–15 months). Occasional shorter term appointments may be available as ships’ and summer station and field doctors.

The experience of living and working in this remote region is very different from that of most suburban or rural practices and most AMPs look back on their time in this beautiful, harsh and icy environment as stimulating and rewarding.

For more detailed information about the requirements of this role and the selection process, please see the application kit below. You might also like to read more about working as an Antarctic Medical Practitioner in Antarctica.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $132,476 – $193,196 per annum ($5,078 – $7,406 per fortnight before tax).

Additional allowances totalling $59,186 per annum are payable while working in Antarctica.

Further allowances for recognition of prior service (up to $12,082 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 remote and polar medicine. The AAD has developed with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) the UTAS Masters of Public Health (Remote and Polar Health).


A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.

Recreation leave

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.


To discuss your application, please ring 1800 030 755 for general information or email for position specific matters.


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.

Application kit

The following documents contain important information you need to know about employment and related issues – please read them carefully.

Please note that if you do not demonstrate that you meet the required skills, knowledge and attributes for the role your application will not be considered further.

To apply as an Antarctic Medical Practitioner please ensure you have read all the information available prior to emailing a current CV and your responses to the application questions to Alternatively you may register your interest for future seasons below.