Dr Robyn Walker

Rear Admiral Robyn Walker AM MBBS, FRACMA, DDHM, GAICD

Robyn Walker qualified as a medical practitioner in 1982 and worked in the public health system in Queensland, Australia until 1990. Rear Admiral Walker joined the RAN as a direct entry medical graduate in 1991 with the intent to continue her career in diving medicine.

Early postings in the Royal Australian Navy included HMAS ALBATROSS (the Naval Air Station), the Submarine Escape Training Facility at HMAS STIRLING, the Submarine & Underwater Medicine Unit at HMAS PENGUIN and HMAS WESTRALIA.

In January 1996 Lieutenant Commander Walker assumed the position of Officer in Charge of the Submarine & Underwater Medicine Unit and remained there until her promotion to CMDR in July 2000. On promotion she posted to Maritime Headquarters as the Deputy Fleet Medical Officer which included significant Sea Training Group responsibilities.

In July 2002 Commander Walker posted to Defence Health Service Branch in Canberra as Director of Preventive Health prior to her posting on promotion in January 2003 to CAPT as Chief Staff Officer Health (J07) at Headquarters Joint Operations Command in 2004. In this position she was responsible for coordinating the health care to ADF operations in Iraq, Solomon Islands, East Timor and for the Banda Aceh tsunami response.

On 04 July 2005 she took up, on promotion, the position of Director General Strategic Health Policy and Plans in the Defence Health Services Division. Commodore Walker was posted to the position of Director General Garrison Health Support within Joint Health Command on 11 August 2008 and to Director General Health Capability on 01 February 2010. Commodore Walker has also been dual hatted as the Director General Navy Health Service since August 2008.

Commodore Walker was appointed as a member in the Military Division of The Order of Australia on 26 January 2010 for exceptional service as a medical officer in the ADF. She was named as the ACT Telstra White Pages Community and Government Business Woman and overall Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year in September 2011.

Rear Admiral Walker assumed the position of Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General Australian Defence Force in December 2011.

Rear Admiral Walker is a qualified medical practitioner, a specialist medical administrator, has a Diploma in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the author of a number of scientific publications relating to diving medicine and is co-author of a major international diving medicine textbook. She remains an avid recreational diver.