Zamri Burns
Sub Lieutenant
Medical Branch
Royal Australian Navy

Medals and Awards

Australian Active Service Medal, clasps ICAT and IRAQ 2003
Iraq Campaign Medal
Australian Operation Service Medal – Border Protection
Australian Operation Service Medal – Greater Middle East Operations
Defence Long Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal
St John Service Medal
NATO non-article 5 medal – Afghanistan
US Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Fleet Commanders Commendation


I am a New Zealand-born Aboriginal man, a proud descendant of Yarramundi of the Booroberongal Tribe of the Dharug Nation. My heritage is deeply rooted in the traditions and history of my ancestors, and it shapes who I am today. Family is the cornerstone of my life. My wife, Kate, is my rock, supporting us with unwavering love and respect. Together, we are raising two young Gulyangarri (children), our daughters. I hope they grow up to be strong Aboriginal women, proud of their heritage and confident in their identities. I strive to impart to them the values and traditions that have been passed down through generations.

For the past 23 years, I have dedicated my life to serving Australia in the Royal Australian Navy as an Underwater Medic. This career path has been a calling and one I continue to enjoy immensely. My role has taken me to various operational theatres of war across the globe and on numerous humanitarian missions closer to home. These experiences have been both challenging and transformative, exposing me to the depths of human suffering and the heights of human resilience. They have shaped me into the person I am today, deepening my commitment to service and healing.

In war zones, I have seen the devastation of conflict and the incredible strength of those affected. On humanitarian missions, I have witnessed the profound impact of compassion and aid. These experiences have strengthened my resolve to continue serving as a Medical Officer.