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Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
Cap badge of the RAAMC
Active 1903 – present day
Country Australia
Branch Australian Army
Nickname(s) Linseed Lancers
Motto(s) Paulatim (Latin, "little by little")
Anniversaries 1 July
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.


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.

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

Members of the RAAMC currently serve in the following units:


Order of precedence

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

See also


  • 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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