Teaching locations

The Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) has teaching sites in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy

Teaching and learning at each site reflects the local cultural and environmental context and health care delivery systems.

Each location is equipped with student and hospital-based health libraries, access to research materials and dedicated study areas.

You may spend up to two days per week in a general practice setting where consulting spaces and learning resources are offered. You will link with students and staff at other sites via videoconference.

All placement sites have been selected on the basis of their commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching medical students. Clinical supervisors are actively supported by local academic staff to enable them to be effective and efficient preceptors.

 

Darwin

Darwin harbour photo

You will experience a diverse clinical experience in Darwin, including exposure to tropical, indigenous and cross-cultural health issues.

 

Did you know?
  • Darwin's multicultural population of 120,000 people is made up of people from over 50 nationalities.
  • The traditional Aboriginal landowners are the Larrakia people.
  • Darwin enjoys warm weather all year round, with an average temperature of 32 degrees Celsius.

 

Charles Darwin University site

First and second years of the medical course are taught from a modern purpose-built building at the Casuarina campus of Charles Darwin University.

 

Royal Darwin Hospital Site

The NTMP relocated to a new Health and Hospitals funded building in 2014 on the grounds of the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). This location is used during your clinical years of study.

The hospital services a large area of the Top End and has a diverse clinical mix. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn sound clinical skills and to practice in a multi-cultural environment.

More than 50% of hospital inpatients are Indigenous. Patients from neighbouring countries also provide you with learning opportunities in tropical, indigenous and cross-cultural health. Most hospital clinicians are involved in teaching and students form an integral part of clinical teams.

 

Community Based Medical Education (CBME) Program

You will complete part of your third year clinical curriculum within general practice and community health organisations in and around Darwin.

The Darwin Urban CBME program commenced in 2008 and will provide you with the benefit of a continuous learning environment under clinical supervision.

You will follow patients from general practice to a wide range of other community health care providers and focus on the interaction of primary care with the wider health service.

The program provides an emphasis on Indigenous health issues and socioeconomic determinants of health in the NT.

Alice Springs

Alice Springs Central Clinic

A small number of third year students complete their entire third year in Alice Springs through the Longitudinal Integrated Flinders Term (LIFT) program.

Opportunities also exist for two more students to spend six months of third year in Alice Springs.

Various fourth year rotations are available at Alice Springs Hospital including a ‘Rural Package’ which consists of two rotations in Alice Springs and two rotations in Nhulunbuy.

Academic and administrative staff in Alice Springs are located within the Centre for Remote Health.

Did you know?
  • Alice Springs lies in the heart of Australia, at least 1500kms from the sea in any direction.
  • It is a thriving community of about 28,000 people.
  • The Arrernte people are the traditional owners of the area.
  • The desert weather is very hot and dry in the summer, but is cool from May to September.

 

Alice Springs Hospital

Alice Springs Hospital is a busy facility that provides services to the vast area of Australia's remote centre.

You will have the opportunity to meet patients in the Emergency Department and Outpatient Clinics and then follow them in their journey through the hospital system.

You will experience first-hand the delivery of high-quality health-care via a western medical-style hospital to patients coming from a different cultural and socioeconomic background and the many complexities stemming from this juxtaposition.

 

Central Australia Aboriginal Congress

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress) was established in 1973 and is one of the largest and oldest Aboriginal community controlled health services in the NT.

The NTMP has worked with Congress to refurbish part of its practice to dedicate to students.

In third year, you will regularly spend at least half a day a week in the main Congress clinic. You will undergo a context specific orientation by various staff including administrative workers, Aboriginal Health Workers and transport officers. Once inducted, you will see patients under GP supervision.

More information: CAAC website

 

Amoonguna Health Service

Amoonguna is an Aboriginal community of about 400 people, 20 minutes drive from Alice Springs. It has its own Aboriginal Medical Service run by Congress.

More information: Amoonguna Health Service website

 

Central Clinic

Central Clinic is a group medical practice which provides a comprehensive range of family and primary health care services as well as services to:

  • Geriatric patients at Old Timers’ Nursing Home
  • St. Mary’s clients - disabled children and adults in residential care
  • The Purple House - residence for Western Desert Dialysis Scheme and the Western Desert Ngnampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation.

 

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing (Alice Springs)

The Poche Centre's objectives are to:

  • Educate health professionals about cultural safety for working with Aboriginal people.
  • Lead in the creation of educational and clinical resources for the Aboriginal health sector.
  • Research issues important to Aboriginal people using methods that respect both Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing.
  • Recruit, sponsor and mentor Aboriginal people wanting to work or study in the health sector.
  • Communicate our goals and activities locally, nationally and internationally at forums and directly within the health sector.

More information: Poche website

 

 Tennant Creek Hospital and General Practice

Tennant Creek is halfway between Alice Springs and Katherine and has a population of about 3,500 people. Health care in the town is delivered through three services:

 

Western Aranda Health Aboriginal Corporation (WAHAC), Hermannsburg

Hermannsburg is 130kms west of Alice Springs. The Western Aranda Health Aboriginal Corporation was established in 1993 and is a regional, community-controlled health service.

More information: WAHAC website

Katherine

Katherine O''Keefe House

Katherine offers medical and allied health students a diverse range of opportunities to experience rural and remote health practice.

You will move between the Katherine Hospital, Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and Kintore Clinic. There are also opportunities to visit and experience a variety of other community based health organisations while in the region.

The Katherine site of the NTMP opened in 2006.

 

Did you know?
  • Katherine is located on the Katherine River, 300km south of Darwin.
  • With a population of 8000, it is the third largest town in the NT.

 

Katherine District Hospital

Katherine District Hospital is a 60-bed hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services. This setting will offer you an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and team practice.

There are male and female medical and surgical wards, a children's ward and a maternity ward. There are also theatre, laboratory, pharmacy, x-ray, physiotherapy, accident and emergency and outpatient clinic areas.

You can expect to gain experience in:

  • General medicine and surgery (including pre-op, post-op care and theatre)
  • Obstetrics (antenatal, postnatal and intrapartum care)
  • Paediatrics
  • Anaesthetics

More information: Katherine District Hospital website

 

Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service (‘Wurli’)

Wurli provides a culturally sensitive, bulk-billed, walk-in GP health service targeted to the Indigenous population within a 15km radius of Katherine.

Services are provided by Aboriginal health workers, Aboriginal mental health workers, a midwife, general practitioners and many other visiting health practitioners.

More information: Wurli website

 

Kintore Clinic

Katherine Kintore Clinic

Kintore Clinic is one of two private general practices in Katherine.

The practice provides fee for service consultations. GPs at Kintore Clinic perform minor procedures onsite and are involved in hospital theatre, maternity and anaesthetic services.

 

Binjari Health Centre

You may be rostered to attend GP sessions at Binjari Health Centre, located 15 minutes drive from Katherine.

The model of service delivery is typical of a small health centre in a remote Aboriginal community.

More information: Binjari website

Nhulunbuy

Cape Arnhem photo

The Nhulunbuy and the East Arnhem region will offer you diverse opportunities to experience remote medical and Aboriginal Health practice.

Opportunities to spend six months in Nhulunbuy are available for third year students.

Fourth year students have opportunity to take the NT Rural Rotation Package in Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs. This allows students the opportunity of spending two terms in Alice Springs and two terms in Nhulunbuy.

You will be based in Gove District Hospital and will have the opportunity to visit remote communities and homelands. You will participate in daily hospital rounds; join visiting consultants in surgery including orthopaedics and fracture clinics, cardiology, general medicine, respiratory medicine, paediatrics, and rehabilitation medicine. You may also have opportunities to work with clinicians in general practice and in the local aboriginal medical services.

The Nhulunbuy site operates from a new building on the grounds of the hospital which was funded by the Rural Educational Infrastructure Development funding pool.

 

Did you know?
  • Nhulunbuy, population about 3000, is the service centre for the Rio Tinto Gove bauxite mine and the surrounding Indigenous population.
  • For around six months of the year it is not accessible by road.
  • The local Aboriginal people of East Arnhem Land call themselves Yolngu.

 

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation

Nhulunbuy - Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation

Miwatj has a central clinic in Nhulunbuy and also contributes medical services to Laynapuy Homelands and Marngarr Council. This trio of services covers a large area of north-east Arnhem Land.

More information: Miwatj website

 

Endeavour Medical Practice

Endeavour Medical Practice GPs run a private rural practice and also service the local mine. They therefore have considerable experience in industrial and occupational medicine.

The practice has been an accredited training site for GP registrars for many years and has a long history of welcoming students.

 

Gove District Hospital

Nhulunbuy - Gove District Hospital

Gove District Hospital is run by a team of multi-skilled practitioners who provide on-site accident and emergency care, in-patient medical and surgical services, an obstetric service and a paediatric ward.

The hospital also provides a district medical officer service to many of the region's outlying communities and are involved in air retrievals and transfers on almost a daily basis

More information: Gove District Hospital website

More information

 

Accommodation:

Darwin

For accommodation options in Darwin, email ntmp.clinical@flinders.edu.au

Alice Springs

NTMP students based in Alice Springs for longer than a full semester will be placed in one of two fully furnished units. This share accommodation will be arranged as part of your placement.

Limited rooms are available at the hospital campus for short-term placements.

Email ntmp.asp@flinders.edu.au

Katherine

NTMP students based in Katherine for a full semester are provided with share accommodation arranged as part of your placement.

Nhulunbuy

NTMP students who are based in Nhulunbuy for more than one term live in shared accommodation arranged as part of your allocation.

Shorter term placement students will be arranged accommodation in the student housing, depending upon availability.

Contact fnt.gove@flinders.edu.au

 

About the NT:

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