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.
You will experience a diverse clinical experience in Darwin, including exposure to tropical, indigenous and cross-cultural health issues.
First and second years of the medical course are taught from a modern purpose-built building at the Casuarina campus of Charles Darwin University.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 is a group medical practice which provides a comprehensive range of family and primary health care services as well as services to:
The Poche Centre's objectives are to:
More information: Poche website
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:
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 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.
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:
More information: Katherine District Hospital website
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 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.
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
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.
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 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 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
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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.
NTMP students based in Katherine for a full semester are provided with share accommodation arranged as part of your placement.
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.