Dr Paul Alexander has had an extensive career in the Australian Defence Force. He is an experienced senior medical officer with 30 years experience across clinical executive posts, and has held board positions in military, private practice, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. In addition to the role of Board Chair and his philanthropic interests, Paul is the Independent Health Advisor for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Chair of UQ Healthcare Board, medico-legal consultant and general practitioner.
Paul joined the Army in 1976 and completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne in 1978. He has undertaken a varied number of command, management and clinical positions within Defence including postgraduate medical training in the UK in Sports Medicine and Tropical Medicine, commanding both Field medical units and Military Hospitals, served as Australian Exchange Officer to the US Army Health Department for three years, and was the Senior Health Advisor at Enoggera Brisbane. He deployed with the initial peacekeeping force to Bougainville on Op BEL ISI and subsequently deployed as a member of the UN Peace Keeping Force in East Timor. Paul has also served as the RMO for the Special Air Service Regiment in Perth where he successfully completed SAS selection training.
In 2000, Paul transferred to the Army Reserve and worked for seven years in full-time clinical practice. Paul was promoted to Brigadier in 2004 and assumed the position of Assistant Surgeon General Australian Defence Force – Army. He recommenced full time service with the Army in 2008 when he was promoted to the rank of Major General. In 2011, Paul was made an Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to Defence in the field of health. Paul completed his tenure as Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General Australian Defence Force in 2012, where he was responsible for the provision of healthcare to the Australian Defence Force.
Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine.
QUOTE FROM DR ALEXANDER
“The Trust recognises the important contribution of our ADF members and their families by supporting them in times of need – it is an honour to be an Ambassador and promote the great work of the Trust.”