SHIELD - Expression Of Interest

Expression of interest - Medical Officer in AFP Canberra SHIELD Hub

EOI details

EOI closing time and date

Applications close at 11.30pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, 10 March 2021 (see further information on application process below)

Contact officer

EOI Contact Officer

Lodgement details

EOIs must be lodged by email to:

Documents to lodge

The below documents should be lodged before the EOI Closing Time and Date:

Thank you for your interest in joining the newly established AFP SHIELD journey that will implement health and wellbeing services for the AFP.

Being a medical officer in the Canberra SHIELD Hub is a perfect opportunity to positively impact and shape the future of health and wellbeing for the AFP.  SHIELD will embed evidence-based health and wellbeing services into the day-to-day operations of the AFP for the benefit of AFP employees, former AFP employees, reservists and their families, by focusing on regional service provision and a risk-based approach.

The AFP will only accept applications from individuals (including sole traders) or firms that primarily exist to provide the services of an individual, and will not accept applications from other entity types, including recruitment companies or large-scale medical service providers.

What is SHIELD?

AFP high-performance health centres, known as SHIELD, will be set up across the country to help AFP employees perform to their best. From recruits to AFP employees to those who are deployed overseas, from corporate services to counter terrorism teams, SHIELD will provide a personalised model of health care that aligns with all roles performed by all AFP employees.  

SHIELD will be established in each regional command over the next four years. It will begin in Western Australia (Perth) and South Australia (Adelaide) this year. Each SHIELD health centre will be a one-stop centre employing multi-disciplinary health care professionals.

SHIELD services will include dedicated teams of clinical resources focussed on building trust with AFP employees, early intervention, preventing injuries, treatment, transitional support and improving operational performance. AFP employees will be able to access locally-based health care professionals who understand the nature of the work undertaken by AFP employees with minimal wait time.

SHIELD encompasses six elements:

  1. Education: focussed on physical and psychological injury prevention, mental health and trauma literacy and support for shift workers.
  2. Prevention: health assessments, specialist assessments that are role specific, physical and mental health exercise programs, wearable technology and access to dieticians and occupational therapists.
  3. Early Intervention: peer support network, critical incident debriefing and early intervention programs.
  4. Treatment: assessment, diagnosis and care planning for physical and psychological injuries and illnesses, case management support, referrals to external service providers for management and rehabilitation of physical and psychological injuries and illnesses, and return-to-work support after injury or illness.
  5. Transition Support: to help with pre and post-retirement, recruitment/on boarding, and pre and post-deployment.
  6. A Centre of Excellence: that will produce research to guide the health and wellbeing delivered through SHIELD.

What we are looking for?

The AFP seeks to engage a highly driven medical officer who is passionate about change, making a difference to the health and wellbeing of first responders.  This position provides the opportunity for the successful applicant to play a pivotal role in driving forward healthcare reform in the AFP and shaping the future of healthcare and wellbeing for the AFP. 

Applicants must meet the Mandatory Requirements set out in this EOI (see below), and should:

  • have highly developed professional skills;
  • be experienced in working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary medical team; and
  • be experienced in taking responsibility for delivering medical support and healthcare activities in support of broad organisational objectives.

Applicants must have an outstanding track record in delivering high quality medical care in a complex and sensitive environment, excellent stakeholder management and communication skills, be adept at building relationships in a large, complex and fast-paced environment and take the appropriate clinical approach to difficult issues.

The AFP’s Ideal Applicant Key Skills and Competencies

The AFP’s ideal Applicant will have the following key skills and competencies:

  • Proven background and experience in primary health care, public health and occupational health setting;
  • Proven background working in complex operational (command and control setting) environments for example Defence or other first responders;
  • Proven skills with working with senior leaderships teams in a health care and operational setting;
  • Proven experience in working collaboratively within, providing clinical oversight and guidance to a multi-disciplinary medical team;
  • Proven highly developed professional skills in healthcare;
  • Proven experience and track record in delivering medical support and delivering high quality medical care in a complex and sensitive environment;
  • Well-developed analytical skills in a medical context;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills;
  • Proven experience in building and maintaining relationships in a large, complex and fast-paced environment; and
  • Proven experience in taking the appropriate clinical approach to difficult issues.

Mandatory Requirements

To be considered as part of this EOI process, Applicant must satisfy each of the below mandatory requirements.  If an Applicant is unable to meet any of these requirements, their application will not be considered.

The AFP will only accept applications from individuals (including sole traders) or firms that primarily exist to provide the services of an individual, and will not accept applications from other entity types, including recruitment companies or large-scale medical service providers.

  • Applicant is an Australian Citizen
  • Applicant has a minimum of 5 years’ post graduate experience in primary health care, public health and occupational setting
  • Applicant has a current unconditional and unrestricted registration as a Medical Practitioner, General in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Applicant has a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) or Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or vocational registration
  • Applicant has recently participated in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities in accordance with AHPRA
  • Applicant has the ability to obtain an AFP Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance (refer to the Security Vetting Gateway page on the AFP website for further information)
  • Applicant is an individual (sole trader) or part of a firm that primarily exists to provide the services of an individual; and
  • Applicant holds or is willing to hold the insurances as stated in this Expression of Interest.

Information about the Positions and Process

The AFP is looking to engage a medical officer on a part time basis in Canberra.  The medical officer must have experience in primary health care, public health and in an occupational health setting to perform a range of clinical health services onsite at the AFP Headquarters within Canberra. The medical officer is also required to have demonstrated experience in complex operational (command and control setting) environments for example Defence and other first responders.

SHIELD is a new health care capability and the medical officer will be required to work with the AFP to establish, develop and build the healthcare capability within their location.

The medical officer will report directly to the AFP’s Chief Medical Officer and will lead the SHIELD multi-disciplinary team in their geographical location (Canberra).

Part Time Hours: The medical officer is required in the AFP Canberra Office for up to 2.5 days or 5 sessions per week (a session = half a day).  Applicants will need to be flexible around the nature of the part time arrangement as it is anticipated the requirement will build as SHIELD operations increase.
As the new health care capability is established and builds momentum, the medical officer may be required to work additional hours as agreed with the AFP. 

The Duties: These duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • work with the AFP to establish, develop and continually build the healthcare capability within their geographical location;
  • act as the case manager for AFP employees they are treating within their geographical location;
  • perform a leadership role and support the AFP senior executive leadership team;
  • be available as soon as reasonably practical to AFP management, the Chief Medical Officer or an AFP nominated representative to discuss any health issues that may impact on their  geographical operational activities;
  • provide health guidance to all areas within their geographical location with the intention of protecting the AFP from litigation, excessive absences from the workplace, and excess Comcare claims;
  • provide advice to AFP business areas on individuals’ ‘fitness for continued duty’;
  • provide clinical oversight, guidance and leadership to the SHIELD multi-disciplinary team (including allied health professionals) within their  geographical location;
  • conduct regular and role-specific physical examinations to enable early intervention in physical injuries and chronic health conditions;
  • the delivery of preventative medical care, assessment, triaging, diagnosis and care planning for injuries and illnesses for AFP employees;
  • referral of AFP employees to external service providers for treatment, management and rehabilitation of injuries and illness;
  • undertake/oversee medical assessments and clearances of AFP employees, including but not limited to:
    • oversight and/or undertake medical clearances for overseas travel both long and short term (a requirement of Comcover insurance); and
    • provide medical clearance to attend Operational Safety Assessment (OSA) training. The OSA is an annual process used to assess and certify AFP appointees in fitness and competence to hold a valid operational safety qualification;
  • work within a multidisciplinary health team setting to support AFP employees returning to work;
  • monitor AFP employees that have been identified as part of a high-risk cohort;
  • develop and maintain professional networks within the AFP and other relevant agencies;
  • provide health related briefings or informal advice and guidance to AFP employees and their families in preparation for overseas deployments; and
  • other duties as required by the AFP from time to time.

Process and Engagement Details

The AFP seeks to enter into a contract with the successful applicant by 14 May 2021, pending AFP security clearance requirements.

Applications must be submitted using the Application Form, and received by the EOI Contact Officer by the EOI Closing Time and Date, as specified above (Application Requirements).

The AFP will only consider applications received in accordance with the Application Requirements, and may develop a shortlist of preferred applicants from whom it may request further information, interviews, and proposals, and/or engage in contract negotiations with.

Applicants are advised that as a Commonwealth entity, the AFP is subject to a range of legislative and policy obligations that will influence the manner in which it conducts this process. Further information on how the AFP intends to conduct this process can be found in the Terms and Conditions.  

The AFP anticipates the contract with the successful applicant will have an initial term of three (3) years, a 90 day probation period, and extension options of up to 24 months.

Information concerning proposed fees and charges may be invited by the AFP from shortlisted preferred applicants in a further proposal.

For the avoidance of any doubt, the successful applicant (if any) will be engaged by the AFP as an independent contractor, and not as an employee of the AFP under section 24 of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 (Cth).


Applicants should be aware that this role may require domestic or international travel from time to time.   

Security Arrangements

This role will require an AFP Security Clearance or the ability to obtain one.

Applicants should be aware that the security clearance process can take some time to complete and applicants must be Australian citizens. 

The successful applicant will be determined to be an AFP appointee under section 35(2) of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 (Cth).

Insurance Requirements

Applicants must maintain the below level of insurances:

  • Workers compensation as required by law;
  • Public liability insurance for an amount (per claim) not less than $10,000,000; and
  • Professional negligence insurance for an amount (per event) not less than $5,000,000, with an insurer registered with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and who meets the minimum product standards that apply to all medical indemnity insurers as defined in the Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003 (Cth).

Application Requirements

If you would like to be part of shaping the future of health and wellbeing for the AFP and are an individual with the suitable skills, experience and qualifications required to perform this role, the application requirements are set up below.
To apply for this EOI process please complete and return the Application Form to by the EOI Closing Date and Time.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants should be aware of the terms and conditions for this EOI process that can be downloaded:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ DOCX 55KB, FAQ PDF 130KB) has been developed for this EOI process and will be updated to provide any questions asked and AFP responses provided as part of this EOI process.

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