Antarctic Medical Practitioner

Employer: Australian Antarctic Division
Location: Antarctic 

The Australian Antarctic Division is now accepting applications for job opportunities supporting the 2017–18 Australian Antarctic Program.

Applications will close at midnight AEDT on 27 January 2017 (Hobart time). Please note some positions are not open for the current recruitment round.


The Australian Antarctic Division is now accepting applications for the role of Antarctic Medical Practitioner for commencement in mid-2018 for 2019 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.