Hear about the Remote and Rural Interprofessional Placement Learning NT (RIPPL NT) placement experience from some of our students


Lachlan, High Risk Foot Clinic Placement at Royal Darwin Hospital

The High Risk Foot clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital was an outstanding placement.

The supportive environment was an ideal place to continue developing my skills and learn from the helpful senior podiatrists. Not only was the placement a great place to thrive and learn about a diverse array of cultures and medical condition, the lifestyle outside was amazing. The accommodation was exceptional with the Flinders University.

A few things I did while on placement were visit Kakadu, Tiwi Island, Mindil and parap market, nightlife down Mitchell Street and lots lots more.

I would definitely recommend this placement to anyone.


James, Royal Darwin Hospital Placement

Royal Darwin Hospital was my favourite external placement as a student. The diversity in patients and skills I learnt were great and unlike other placements.

The team were so welcoming and supportive.

I would thoroughly recommend this placement to any students interested in high risk, indigenous health or something different to the norm.

Melissa Godden, Flinders University, Graduate Nurse

In love with Alice

After completing a student placement in Central Australia, Registered Nurse Melissa Godden has returned to the Northern Territory to undertake a Graduate Nurse Program at Alice Springs Hospital. She discusses the experience of going to Alice Springs for the first time and now returning to work in the town she fell in love with.

After working in Adelaide as a carer for a number of years, Melissa recognised the need to go further in her career. She felt that she had exhausted the challenges as a carer and while she was passionate about working with people with disabilities, she wanted to experience ‘something more’. Read More...


Michelle Mascorella, Charles Darwin University, Student Nurse

Two weeks in Nyirripi

In April 2017, as part of her third year Community Health placement, Michelle Mascorella was fortunate to spend two weeks in Nyirripi, a beautiful community 450km Northwest of Alice Springs.

Michelle describes her experience as being ‘beyond her wildest dreams’, filled with remote area nursing including late night call-outs as well as football grand finals, nearby bush fires, caring for joeys and gymnasium openings.


Jess Turner, Flinders NT Medical student

Strength and influence of the remote experience

Jess Turner, a Flinders NT Medical student has returned to Nhulunbuy to undertake a six week rotation at Gove District Hospital. We caught up with her to find out a little about her history with East Arnhem Land.

The Garma Festival initially sparked Jess’s interest in the region when she was sponsored to attend the event as a final year Occupational Therapy (OT) student in 2007.  Jess professes to have been on a steep learning curve with regard to the social determinants of health during that festival.