GP CAPT Geoff Robinson
Group Captain Robinson joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1981 as a Nursing Officer having completed his Registered Nurse training at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and then worked in the civilian health sector prior to joining.
After initial officer training he was posted to 3 Hospital at RAAF Richmond followed shortly after by a three and half year posting to 4 Hospital, Butterworth; Malaysia. During this period he worked mostly in the operating theatres, his Nursing speciality.
On return from Malaysia he completed postings at Richmond, East Sale and Laverton and Point Cook before attending RAAF Staff College in Canberra, 1997. During these years he completed a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) at Monash University. Following Staff College, he became Staff Officer to Head Strategic Command which became the first of a number of out of category positions both as a Wing Commander and Group Captain. Positions such as Staff Officer to Head Collins Submarine Sustainment Program, Director Personnel (J1) HQ Joint Operations Command and the Senior Rebasing Officer and Project Director at Al Minhad Airbase, United Arab Emirates have contributed significantly to his career advancement and genuine love of the Air Force.
During his posting to Joint Health Command, Canberra he also became the Director of Defence Force Nursing, the first male to have attained this position. From there he was appointed as the Director of Personnel in HQ Joint Operations Command, Chief of Staff at the Centre for Military and Veterans Health and Staff Officer to Commander Joint Health Command. He is passionate about his nursing specialty and retains membership of the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian College of Health Service Management.
In his 34 year career thus far, he has been deployed on a number of operations including both Gulf Wars and immediately following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Banda Aceh, Sumatra. He holds a Nursing Services Cross conferred in the 1996 Queens Birthday Honours list, a CDF Commendation and United States Navy Unit Commendation. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Graduate Diploma of Management, Diploma of Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Vocational Training Systems.
Group Captain Robinson has held two command positions during his career. The first being Commanding Officer of No 3 Combat Support Hospital located at RAAF Base RICHMOND and he was appointed as Officer Commanding Health Services Wing in January 2013 and held this position until 5 February 2015.
Group Captain Robinson retired from the Air Force on 10 March 2015, however, has transferred to the Air Force Specialist Reserves and remains with Health Services Wing in that capacity to undertake project work. The Wing provides Expeditionary Health support to aerospace operations both nationally and internationally as well as training all health specialties for their operational and aeromedical duties. The Wing also supports joint and coalition operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Group Captain Robinson retains an interest in wood working, fishing, scuba diving and travel. He has 2 adult children and 2 wonderful grandchildren.