Commander Robert Curtis

Commander Robert Curtis joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1979. As a medical sailor he served in numerous ships and establishments; the highlights of which were an exchange posting with the Royal Navy and service in HMAS Sydney during the first Gulf War. He attained his commission from the rank of Chief Petty Officer Medic in 1994 and has since held a number of health training, management, operational planning and command positions within his Medical Administration primary qualification.

He was the Fleet Operational Medical Support Officer in Australian Fleet Sea Training Group in 2001-2004, during a period of extremely high operational tempo, readying the medical departments of minor and major warships for operational deployments.

In 2004-2006, whilst again on exchange, he held the position of Director US Navy Telemedicine Business Office in Bethesda, Maryland. In this role he was responsible for the governance of all telemedicine projects and programs for the USN and USMC. Upon his return to Australia he was seconded to the University of Queensland as the inaugural e-Health Officer and adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Military & Veterans Health. He completed the Australia Command and Staff Course (Joint) at the Australian Defence College in 2009.

In 2010 he held the position of Staff Officer Health Intelligence, within the Defence Intelligence Organisation, responsible for the development of environmental and disease threat assessments for the ADF operations overseas. He became the inaugural Director for Complex Case Services - Navy, now titled Member Support Coordinators in January 2011.

Between December 2014 and February 2017 he was the Assistant Director for Health Operations (Domestic/Regional) in Headquarters, Joint Operations Command. Until November 2017 he was the Director for Navy People Strategy & Reporting in the Navy People Branch in Canberra.

Commander Curtis holds a MA (Strategy & Management), a GradDip (Defence Studies), GradCert (Maritime Studies), GradCert (Health Management), GradCert (Health Informatics) and a BAppSc (Environmental & Occupational Health). He assumed command of Navy Headquarters - Tasmania in December 2017.