Deputy Grand Master

Dr Graeme Moller

Dr Graeme Moller graduated in Medicine from Monash University in 1968. He did his residency at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and after that entered the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) having undertaken the last three years of his studies on an RAAF undergraduate scholarship.

Military synopsis

During his career he served in the Royal Australian Air Force in a number of posts, commencing in 1970 serving as a Medical Officer, then as Senior Medical Officer, as an Exchange Officer with the United States Air Force, as a junior staff officer in Canberra and subsequently Commanding Officer of two RAAF Hospitals. 

Thereafter, he was the Principal Medical Officer Headquarters Support Command and then followed a series of senior posts in Canberra as Director of Air Force Medicine, Director of Medical Plans, Deputy Director-General of Air Force Health Service and Director-General of Air Force Health Services, Director-General of Clinical Services for the Australian Defence Force and his final posting was as Surgeon General Australian Defence Force (1996 – 1998) with the rank of Air Vice-Marshal.

In this latter part of his career in the RAAF, his roles included the leadership, management and administration at the senior level in the Royal Australian Air Force Medical Branch, principally in strategic policy development, clinical policy development and military medical policy-related related fields – medical fitness assessment, medical treatment services, aviation medicine, including aircraft accident investigation, aeromedical evacuation, occupational medicine, public health medicine, nuclear biological and chemical defence, and disaster health services.

In his post as Surgeon General, he was responsible to the Chief of the Defence Force for all aspects of health policy for the Australian Defence Force.  He was the Honorary Physician to the Governor-General during his time as Director- General of Air Force Health Services and Surgeon General.  For his outstanding service, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1999.

Masonic History

He was initiated in Lodge Albert Park No 262 (Victorian Constitution) on 13 July 1982, Passed to Fellowcraft on 14 September 1982 and Raised to Master Mason on 12 October 1982.  He has a great fondness for that Lodge especially as his father-in-law was his mentor from the outset. He remained a member of that Lodge despite his posting to Canberra and visited when possible. 

With the consolidation of his mother lodge and less opportunity to visit, he affiliated with Lodge Commonwealth of Australia No 633 in 2003 and served as Junior Warden and then Senior Warden. He was installed as Master of Lodge Commonwealth of Australia for the 2004 – 2005 year. 

He completed the Preceptors course in September 2009 and has organised and attended a number of those courses subsequently.  He has organised and given presentations in men’s health of a number of occasions in the Canberra and Queanbeyan area and wrote a number of articles for the, then, regional website.  Additionally, he also attended, and subsequently organized a number of Demonstration Team presentations, locally.  He has undertaken research and presented his Masonic research paper to two research Lodges.

He was accorded the honour of conferred rank of Past District Grand Inspector of Workings in December 2009 and later was appointed District Grand Inspector of Workings for the 2012 – 2014 period.  He was accorded the honour of the conferred rank of Past Junior Grand Warden in September 2014.  He served as Master of Lodge Commonwealth again in the 2017 – 2018 period during a period when the lodge was trying to rebuild due to dwindling numbers of members. Working with the lodge members, a plan was devised to rebuild the lodge including the involvement of masons from other lodges to assist – a plan that continues to significantly assist the lodge in its progress.  He attended the Mentor Training Course in 2019 and is an active mentor to three newer masons. 

He was appointed as Regional Grand Counsellor Region 4 for the 2019 – 2021 period and has been very actively involved in the Region during that period especially with respect to achieving Building renovations and particularly membership via the MAS as it has functioned in the ACT region. This process has seen enquiries via Facebook managed and coordinated by an experienced Past DGIW who has used local masons, of appropriate rank, to interview and process such MAS applicants.
He is a member of Lodge Gowrie of Canberra No 715 and a Foundation member of Lodge Canberra Daylight 1057.  He is a Member of the Order of the Secret Monitor.  He was a member of Mark and Royal Arch Masonry but had to call off due to work commitments.

Separately, he is also a member of the Order of St John Knights Hospitaller and is the Commander of the ACT Commandery.

Medical synopsis

Immediately following his retirement from the Air Force, he took on the role of the State Director of Training for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for the ACT and Southern New South Wales region, a region which is the same as the current Region 4.  Following a change by the Federal Government to a Government-controlled organization, he worked for that organisation, namely General Practice Education and Training, as a senior medical adviser .

As an occupational physician he worked for several years as a Medical Auditor for Centrelink (and then DEWR) undertaking Work Capacity Audits and Medical Assessments.  He has worked as a tutor at the Australian National University Medical School initially on campus and then at the Clinical School located at The Canberra Hospital.  Graeme also practised in Canberra as a part-time General Practitioner and was Chair of Clinical Skills at the Australian National University Medical School for a two-year period. 

He served as a member of the Canberra Region Prevocational Management Committee in the lead up to the formation of Post Graduate Medical Committee and was Chairman of the ACT Government Professional Accreditation Committee, providing expert advice on all matters relating to accreditation, developing processes and guidelines for Post Graduate training, and advising on the institutional requirements for intern training.  He was actively involved in tutoring and mentoring at the Medical School until retirement in 2016. He has retired from General Practice duties.

His post-graduate professional qualifications are:

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians).
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Physicians (Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians).

He has been married to Alison for 53 years and they have two daughters and three grandchildren (two of whom live in Canberra and one in the UK). 

Apart from his dedicated commitment to Freemasonry and the three Lodges and one other Order to which he belongs, his hobbies include golf, photography, reading and regular travel (which usually includes the UK to see his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson).