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

Find out more about our Northern Territory placement options in the Top End and Central Australia.

Cooking class, East Arnhem Regional Council
Cooking class, East Arnhem Regional Council

Alicia Hutchinson, Occupational Therapy placement, Nhulunbuy

Occupational Therapy in Gapuwiyak: A lesson in communication and cultural responsibilities

Alicia Hutchinson a Swinburne University Master of Occupational Therapy student has taken up a Flinders NT-supported placement with East Arnhem Regional Council, Aged and Disability Services. The student grapevine was what initially attracted Alicia to seek a placement in a remote community within the Northern Territory and a desire to participate in a challenging area of service delivery. Read More...

Emma Steuten and Lisa Nguyen-Manh
Emma Steuten and Lisa Nguyen-Manh

Emma Steuten, Nutrition and Dietetics placement, Nhulunbuy

Dietetics building capacity in South East Arnhem

Emma Steuten, a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student from Flinders University in Adelaide took up a 7 week placement based in Nhulunbuy with the Top End Health Service Primary Health Outreach Team. 

Emma’s supervisor, Dietician/Public Health Nutritionist for East Arnhem Land South, Lisa Nguyen-Manh, explained the motivation behind the outreach team taking their first Dietetics student. Read more... 

Disability students with CRH Academic Annie Farthing
Disability students with CRH Academic Annie Farthing

Disability placement, Alice Springs

Disability students get ready to roll

Four students undertaking a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders University in Adelaide took the opportunity to complete part of their placement program in Alice Springs through the Centre for Remote Health

Naomi Tuckett, Charlotte Gobec, Rhianna Brooks and Kia Bedson completed their two-week placements at Gillen Primary School and Acacia Hill School. Read More...

Georgie Waite
Georgie Waite

Georgie Waite, Podiatry placement, Royal Darwin Hospital 

Just wanted to say thank you again for facilitating my placement at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). I have appreciated the help and guidance. 

Placement in the Podiatry department at RDH has been great. I have learnt a multitude about the high risk foot and how a multi-disciplinary team can work together for optimal patient treatment. I have also learnt a lot about working within a hospital, which has been valuable given I haven't worked in a hospital setting previously. Everyone I have met has been welcoming and willing to assist in my learning from day one.

Flinders were great in facilitating further learning opportunities through the cultural awareness programs and SNIPS. I would highly recommend to anyone, not just Podiatry students, to come to Darwin for placement. Darwin in a great place to be. 

Barramundi Gorge, Kakadu National Park
Barramundi Gorge, Kakadu National Park

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 with Thorny Devil
Melissa Godden with Thorny Devil

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 and Nurse Helen
Michelle Mascorella and Nurse Helen

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. Read More...

Jess Turner
Jess Turner

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. Read More...

Flinders NT Placement Locations

Darwin | Katherine | Nhulunbuy | Alice Springs | Tennant Creek