Royal Australian Army Medical Corps

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Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
Cap badge of the RAAMC
Active 1903 – present day
Country Australia
Branch Australian Army
Nickname Linseed Lancers
Motto Paulatim (Latin, "little by little")
Anniversaries 1 July
Colonel-in-Chief General Sir Peter Cosgrove
Major General Sir Neville Reginald Howse

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 since then. The "Royal" prefix was granted in 1948.


The Australian Army Medical Corps was formed on 1 July 1902 by combining the medical services of the Colonial armies.[1] 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.[citation needed] The "Royal" prefix was granted in 1948.[1]

Two soldiers from the 1st Health Support Battalion during an exercise in 2007


Together with the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps and the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, the RAAMC is responsible for providing the Australian Army's health capability. The corps is tasked with providing the Army with a range of medical services, ranging from pre hospital care including emergency battlefield care, initial wound surgery, post operative care, rehabilitation, and preventive and aviation medical support.[2] Soldiers and officers perform a variety of functions, with graduates of the 18-month first appointment course at the Royal Military College, Duntroon filling command, leadership and management roles as general service officers tasked with facilitating the efficient co-ordination, administration and management of specialist troops including medical officers, pathologists, radiographers, operating theatre technicians, paramedics, and medics.[3]

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, the provision of ambulance and field transport, and with ensuring that it is adequate and in good order, as far as funds at their disposal will permit.[citation needed]

All combat units such as infantry battalions, armoured regiments, artillery and engineer units include RAAMC personnel.[3] Additionally, members of the RAAMC currently serve in the following units:


Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
Australian Army Catering Corps
Australian Army Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Australian Army Psychology Corps

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dennis et al 1995, p. 513.
  2. ^ Dennis et al 1995, pp. 512–513.
  3. ^ a b "Royal Australian Army Medical Corps". Who We Are. Australian Army. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  • Dennis, Peter; et al. (1995). The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (1st ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand. ISBN 0-19-553227-9. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Butler, A. G. (1938). The Australian Army Medical Services in the War of 1914–1918 (2nd ed.). Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australian War Memorial. OCLC 3954904. 
  • Tyquin, Michael (1993). Gallipoli: The Medical War. Sydney, New South Wales: University of New South Wales Press. ISBN 9780868401898. 
  • Tyquin, Michael (2003). Little by Little: A Centenary History of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. Sydney, New South Wales: Australian Military History Publications. OCLC 819680082. 
  • Tyquin, Michael (1998). "Sir William 'Mo' Williams – Creator of Australia's Army Medical Service". Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society (Sydney, New South Wales). Vol. 84. OCLC 148279326. 

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