RANR Graeme Shirtley served as the Surgeon General Australian Defence Force (SGADF) for just over three years. During that time he was Patron of the Australian Military Medicine Association and provided great support for its development, aims and objectives.

RANR Graeme Shirtley passed in 2012. As a mark of AMMA’s appreciation to the late Graeme Shirtley’s support to AMMA over the years, there is a Graeme Shirtley Oration in each AMMA Conference.