Chief Medical Officer
Australian Antarctic Division
Dr Jeff Ayton commenced with the Australian Antarctic Division as Chief Medical Officer in 2002 with responsibility for the Australian Antarctic Program medical support and leadership of human biology and medicine research including space analogue research. The AAD has had a longstanding collaboration with NASA since 1993 collaborating on research and operational matters. He is current Australian delegate to Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research(SCAR) Life Sciences Scientific Group and SCAR COMNAP Joint Expert Group of Human Biology and Medicine. Dr Ayton is Founding Director of the Centre for Antarctic, Remote and Maritime Medicine (CARMM) (www.carmm.org.au)
In 1992, Jeff wintered at Casey Station, Antarctica, as a remote generalist medical practitioner responsible for the comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care for 16 expeditioners isolated for the 9 month winter period without hope of evacuation. Whilst overwintering he undertook immunology and epidemiological research. He has subsequently gained varied experience in other rural and remote medical practices as a procedural general practitioner obstetrician/anaesthetist including Rural Australia, Norfolk Island, South Pacific, and Papua New Guinea.
From 2009-2011, Dr Ayton was elected President and Chair of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)- a world leading college training rural and remote generalist medical practitioners and continues representing as Chair of ACRRM Rural and Remote Digital Innovations Group . Other roles include global medical assistance, afterhours general practice and triage, and remote and extreme medicine, telehealth practice, standards and innovation. Dr Ayton is an Adjunct Associate Professor at both University of Tasmania and James Cook University.