|Royal Australian Army Medical Corps|
Cap badge of the RAAMC
|Active||1903 – present day|
|Motto(s)||Paulatim (Latin, "little by little")|
|Colonel-in-Chief||Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia|
|Major General Sir Neville Reginald Howse VC, KCB, KCMG|
The Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) is the branch of the Australian Army responsible for providing medical care to Army personnel. The AAMC was formed in 1902 and has participated in every Australian Army operation. The "Royal" prefix was granted in 1948.
|Corps of the Australian Army|
|Combat Service Support|
History[edit | edit source]
The Australian Army Medical Corps was formed on 1 July 1902 by combining the medical services of the Colonial armies. The Corps' first deployment was to the Second Boer War, where it provided a field hospital and a stretcher bearer company. The Corps has seen service during all subsequent Australian Army deployments, including wars, peacekeeping missions and exercises. The "Royal" prefix was granted in 1948.
Today the administration and command of the RAAMC is vested in the Director-General, who is responsible to the General Officer Commanding for the drill, discipline, efficiency, and statistics of the Medical Service. The Director-General is also responsible for the supply of medical and surgical field equipment, ambulance, and field transport, and that it is adequate and in good order, as far as funds at his disposal will permit.
Members of the RAAMC currently serve in the following units:
- 1st Health Support Battalion, (Holsworthy, New South Wales);
- 2nd Health Support Battalion, (Enoggera, Queensland)
- 3rd Health Support Battalion (Keswick, South Australia)
- Army Logistic Training Centre, (Albury-Wodonga)
- 1st Parachute Surgical Team, (Ingleburn, New South Wales)
- 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion (Townsville, Queensland)
- 7th Combat Service Support Battalion, (Brisbane, Queensland)
- 8th Combat Service Support Battalion, (Dundas, New South Wales);
- 9th Combat Service Support Battalion (Warradale, South Australia)
- Medical Centres, located at Kapooka, New South Wales, Bandiana, Victoria, and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
- Army Malaria Institute (Enoggera, Queensland).
- Australia's Federation Guard Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Colonels-in-Chief[edit | edit source]
- HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1953–2002 (Widow of King George VI)
- Major General Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC 2007 – 2008 (Governor General of Australia)
- HE Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO 2008 – Incumbent (Governor General of Australia)
Order of precedence[edit | edit source]
Australian Army Catering Corps
|Australian Army Order of Precedence||Succeeded by|
Australian Army Psychology Corps
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- M. Tyquin, Little by Little: a Centenary History of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, AMHP, Sydney, 2003.
- M. Tyquin, "Sir William 'Mo' Williams – creator of Australia's Army Medical Service", Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Sydney; vol. 84, 1998.
- A. G. Butler, The Australian Army Medical Services: the Gallipoli Campaign, (2nd edition), Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1938.
- M. Tyquin, Gallipoli: the Medical War, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1993.
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