Dr Jeff Ayton

Dr Jeff Ayton

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)

Dr Jeff Ayton MBBS MPH&TM FACRRM FACTM FFEWM AFFTM DRANZCOG DA(UK) is Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Antarctic Division, leading the Australian Antarctic Program comprehensive medical support, and human biology and medicine research programs since 2002. Clinical practice includes remote generalist medicine, Antarctic medicine, and general practice obstetrics and anaesthesia. He supports through telemedicine some of the most remote and isolated communities on Earth. Australia’s Antarctic Program medical and research activities, are a recognised space analogue, and can inform the human challenges and healthcare delivery for future long term missions to Moon and Mars.

Dr Ayton has previously held office and leadership positions including Chief Officer of the SCAR(Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research) COMNAP(Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs) Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine. He has experience in rural and remote procedural medical practice, telemedicine, triage and global medical assistance.

He is a Past President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, current chair of ACRRM Rural and Remote Digital Innovations Group and representative on various generalist workforce, scope of practice, quality and standards and point of care testing committees.

He holds Adjunct Associate Professorships, at the College of Health and Medicine University of Tasmania, Hobart and at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville Australia

Dr Ayton is founding Director of the recently launched Centre for Antarctic Remote and Maritime Medicine(CARMM) which delivers education and clinical support for healthcare in remote and extreme environments.