Graeme Shirtley Oration – Air Vice-Marshal (Dr.) Tracy Smart AO

Air Vice-Marshal (Dr.) Tracy Smart AO, BMBS, DAVMED, MPH, MA, FRACMA, FACASM, FAsMA, FCDSS, FCHSM (Hon), joined the RAAF as a medical undergraduate in 1985. She served as a Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer at bases around Australia, had postings with the RAF and USAF, and was the first female Commanding Officer of the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. Her operational experience includes Rwanda, Timor-Leste, the Middle East and Lebanon, and she received a CAF Commendation for her role in a fatal air accident investigation in Malaysia. AVM Smart also served as Officer Commanding, Health Services Wing in which she commanded all Air Force health units and dispatched health teams on operations and in response to natural disasters.

AVM Smart was promoted to Air Commodore in 2009 and undertook a succession of Director General roles within Joint Health Command including responsibility for management of health care at over 70 locations on Defence bases throughout Australia. She was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and assumed the positions of Commander Joint Health (CJHLTH) and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force (SGADF) in December 15. As CJHLTH she is responsible for the provision of health care to members of the ADF and the health preparedness of the ADF for operations. As SGADF she is responsible for providing strategic health advice to the ADF and technical oversight of operational health across the ADF. AVM Smart is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health, the Board of Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.

AVM Smart was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, Military Division, in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.