Welcome from the Clinical Dean
The NTMP was established in 2011, with its first cohort of 24 medical students in year 1. The NTMP is the result of a tripartite agreement between Flinders, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Government (NT & Commonwealth). The NTMP builds on the strength of the NTCS, the NTRCS and the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) over the last 15 years. The NTMP received funding to build a preclinical facility on CDU campus and a new clinical school facility at RDH. Students are encouraged to use all of our facilities at CDU, RDH & Palmerston Super Clinic in Darwin, Katherine, Gove and at Alice Springs: CRH, NTRCS & Poche centres. The NTMP is a leader in providing health education.
On behalf of all the academic and administrative staff of the Northern Territory Medical Program I would like to welcome you to the Northern Territory and this new and exciting phase of your studies. We are confident that you will find this a unique learning experience both personally and professionally. The diversity of the case mix, the issues of Indigenous Health, and the Territory's multicultural population all offer a unique academic opportunity.
We hope that during your leisure time here you will get a flavour of life in the Territory and all it offers including the world famous national parks and their imposing scenery as well as the renowned Darwin sunsets & multicultural markets.
The staff of the NT Medical Program are committed to making your time during this placement a rewarding and productive one. If there is any information or assistance that you require we recommend you approach the administrative staff in the Clinical School office in Darwin or at your Remote Clinical School site or your academic supervisor.
The NT Clinical School is committed to enhancing the health workforce and practices in the NT through the provision of an academic environment enabling high quality, appropriate, culturally safe, clinical education to medical and allied health students, reflecting the social, political, economic and geographic contexts in which health care is delivered in the NT.
The Northern Territory Medical Program: Clinical School
The Northern Territory Clinical School (NTCS) was established in 1996 by a grant from the Northern Territory Government to Flinders University to provide training for medical students in the Territory. The strategic goals of the NTMP are to enable local students who have completed a degree to study medicine through the Flinders University School of Medicine program, to facilitate a positive and meaningful clinical learning experience, to impart an appreciation for the unique health issues of the NT, and to cultivate a supportive professional network for students and faculty. NTMP is principally based at the Royal Darwin Hospital. The NTMP teaches Flinders Year 3 and Year 4 graduate entry (MD) students and James Cook University (JCU) Year 5 and Year 6 undergraduate medical students.
The Northern Territory Medical Program has also had an allied health student placement support program in place since 2003. The program has specifically focussed on the disciplines of speech pathology, audiology and nutrition and dietetics. Students in these disciplines can undertake placements at Northern Territory hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community based services.
The Northern Territory Remote Clinical School (NTRCS) allows both third and fourth year Flinders University students to spend up to six months in a rural location. The communities of Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy support the NTRCS program. Year 3 students of the Rural Clinical School program will spend six months in Darwin either before or after their placement in Katherine or Alice Springs; Year 4 students of the program will spend six months (four terms) in combination at Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs. The NTRCS is funded under a separate grant from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
Our goals at the Northern Territory Medical Program are to:
- Provide high quality medical teaching and training to medical students to prepare them for future medical practice in rural and remote areas of Australia, particularly the NT;
- Provide high quality pre- and post-graduate support to allied health students to prepare them for future practice in rural and remote areas of Australia, particularly the NT;
- Contribute to the evolution of clinical and allied health education through innovative curriculum development and identification of contextual learning opportunities in the NT;
- Undertake in its own right, and collaborate with other organisations, in research activity that will contribute to improved health outcomes and quality of life for Northern Territorians;
- Enhance the workforce stability, capacity and diversity of the NT in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings;
- Promote rural and remote medical and allied health practice as positive and rewarding career options for all students of the School; and
- Maintain an organisation that reflects best practice and excellence in administration, people management and operational efficiency.
A new development in late 2011 saw the establishment of the Poche Centre in Alice Springs from the generous donation by Mr Greg Poche AO. The Poche Centre focuses on Aboriginal Health and Education & Research.
Other Student Resources
View the NTCS DVD on Health Student Training in the Northern Territory test (11 minutes).