About Joint Health Command

Surgeon General Australian Defence Force
Commander Joint Health

RADM Sarah Sharkey has served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 25 years

Sarah began her service under sponsorship while an undergraduate medical student at the University of Queensland; and has enjoyed a range of postings both at sea and ashore with her clinical background being mainly in submarine and diving medicine.  In her more recent career, Sarah has served at the Director General level in Joint Health Command, and as the Head of the Navy Health Community.  In December 2019, Sarah was promoted to Rear Admiral and assumed the role of Surgeon General Australian Defence Force and Commander Joint Health

Sarah has a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery, Masters in Business Administration, and a Masters in Politics and Policy.  She is a Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. 

Sarah is a recipient of the Australian Defence Medal, Australian Service medal with Solomon Islands Clasp, and the Defence Long Service Medal.  She has been awarded a Chief of Army Commendation in 2001, a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours.  In 2020, Sarah was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (Military Division) in the Queens Birthday Honours for exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in the management of health care. 

Sarah is married to Frank and together their biggest achievement is being the proud parents of Samuel, Bridget, Patrick and Daniel.

Joint Capabilities Group Organisational Chart

JCG Organisational Chart (PDF 543.78 KB)