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Interview with Dr Michael Hayes Medical Officer On-base at the ADF

We caught up with Dr Michael Hayes, Medical Officer (MO) On-base at the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Enoggera, Queensland (QLD). Michael talks about his career as a General Practitioner (GP), working On-base at the ADF with HCA, the most rewarding part of the job and his recommendations to other healthcare professionals looking for a career change.

Maria: Thanks for your time today Michael. Can you tell us how you started your career as a GP?

Dr Michael Hayes: After I graduated I spend a few years as a generic junior doctor in the hospital system, then another 3 years training as a GP. After I qualified as a GP I worked in a semi-rural area and then moved onto the MO position On-base in Enoggera.

Maria: How did you find the transition from working in a GP Clinic to On-base at the ADF?

DrMichael Hayes: The working environment is different, as it’s a subset of general practice and the defence system has a specific set of rules that must be followed. You are treating military members to ensure their health is at optimum level with medical exams every 2 -5 years. Besides this, it’s quite like General Practice dealing with the day-to-day sick parade of people with acute problems and sporting injuries.

Maria: What is the best part of working On-base?

DrMichael Hayes: Spending time with all the healthcare professionals, including nurses, army medics, physios and exercise therapists. It’s a great team culture and you really feel like a valued part of the team working together to achieve the same goal. Working On-base is an excellent work-life balance, so I get to spend precious time with my family.

Maria: How do you feel HCA supports you in your role?

Dr Michael Hayes: I have great support from the HCA team, I can take paid time off for holidays with the family and I can talk to HCA about any issues I’m facing. Working On-base means I don’t have worry about the admin side of running a practice and I can focus on my medical work.

Maria: What is the most rewarding part of working On-base?

DrMichael Hayes: Helping ADF members overcome physical or mental issues they face and becoming the central support network for ADF members who may not have friends or family close by. I also get to spend a lot of time with each patient and understand their needs and requirements as they progress in their own career. Overall, I enjoy being part of the military team as it really does feel like a family unit.

Maria: Would you recommend HCA to other healthcare professionals?

DrMichael Hayes: I would recommend working On-base to other GPs, nurses and healthcare staff. I have enjoyed the experience and I felt like it was the perfect cultural fit for me.

If you’re considering a career change in the healthcare industry and are considering working On-base at the ADF, register your interest and we’ll be in touch to discuss roles available and suitable for your needs.

If you would like to discuss your Aged Care Learning needs and how the HCA LMS might match your organisational requirements, contact us today.

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