Division of Medicine
The Royal Darwin Hospital is a level
2 teaching Hospital accredited for 2 years of Basic Physician Training. It is
also accredited for advanced training in general medicine and one year of
advanced training in each of endocrinology, infectious diseases, nephrology,
haematology (laboratory and clinical haematology) and intensive care.
Darwin’s unique geographical location
leads to an abundance of fascinating pathology not seen elsewhere in Australia.
Registrars can expect broad exposure
to indigenous health issues and the practice of medicine in a remote setting.
Our proximity to South-East Asia also exposes the trainee physician to the
fascinating array of pathology seen by our nearest neighbors. The annual
scientific meeting of the Northern Territory was held in conjunction with the
doctors association of Timor Leste in 2007 further strengthening our ties with
Basic Trainees at RMO level; Medical
terms available at this level include cardiology, nephrology, haematology/oncology
and general medicine. Other terms available include intensive care, emergency
medicine, and remote area secondments. Basic Physician trainees are encouraged
to contact the department of medicine directly whether they are interested in
medical resident or registrar terms. Basic Physician trainees at registrar level
can expect to rotate through a combination of terms including general medicine
combined with each of neurology, endocrinology and infectious diseases, as well
as rotations through cardiology and palliative care medicine. For those basic
trainees wanting a two-year training programme at the Royal Darwin, rotations
though nephrology, haematology and oncology can be made available in the second
year. The Victorian Physician’s
Education Programme is available via
videoconference for those sitting the part one physician’s exam paper.
The Royal Darwin Hospital is an exam
site for the physician’s clinical examination and basic trainees are expected to
act as bulldogs.
Advanced training programmes are
available to General medicine trainees at Royal Darwin. Rotations through a
combination of general medicine/endocrinology, general medicine/neurology and
general medicine/infectious disease are available. Three to six months rotations
are also available in cardiology, nephrology, haematology, oncology and
palliative care medicine. Opportunities for general medicine trainees in
endocrinology have also been made available in the past. For trainees rotating
through nephrology, clinics to remote satellite dialysis units such as the Tiwi
Islands have proved popular. Six-month rotations in intensive care are also
available to advanced trainees. Advanced trainees in infectious diseases,
cardiology (seconded from Flinders Medicine Centre), endocrinology and general
medicine are currently working at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
A new twelve-month position exists at
Royal Darwin Hospital for an outreach registrar. The position entails six months
of Royal Darwin Hospital based general medicine (as outlined above) and six
months of remote area outreach. In their second six months in the Northern
Territory the trainee will conduct clinics in remote Top End indigenous
communities including Ramingining (made famous by the film Ten Canoes), Nguiu
and Nhulunboy, Jabiru, Elcho Island and others. They will also visit the town of
Katherine and it’s surrounding region. Senior advanced trainees in general
medicine are encouraged to apply and the year will be accredited as core general
medicine. The position may also be suitable for an elective year in infectious
diseases. Trainees under other SAC’s such as nephrology, cardiology,
rheumatology, neurology, gastroenterology and respiratory are encouraged to
consult with their SACs to ensure the year can be accredited prospectively in
The position commences in April 2008.
To express interest or to lodge an
Contact: Dr E Spencer, Director of
Physician Training Email: email@example.com
Rehabilitation Medicine became a hospital based service in 1995 with a charter
to treat all patients from the Top End. It is therefore dynamic and has a strong
multidisciplinary team approach. It provides a comprehensive inpatient service
via an 8 bed unit treating a wide variety of general rehabilitation conditions
as well as conditions unique to the tropics. There is an outpatient service with
a large patient load, which the Registrar will be able to assist with
management. The service provides Registrars with unique exposure to issues faced
by the remote indigenous population. It works closely with the Prosthetic &
Orthotic Department. It provides an Outreach Specialist Service to the regional
centres. It has also become a key player in the high risk foot service. The
service is involved in the management of the chronic pain service & the trainee
is encouraged to participate in the assessment of chronic pain patients. There
is also opportunities to perform Botox injections for adult & paediatric
spasticity. Perform medtronic pump refills. Travel down to Katherine for
There are 2 Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians employed by
Royal Darwin Hospital and 1 accredited basic or advanced Registrar training
position. A strong emphasis is placed on continued education with regular
tutorials/journal clubs. Within RDH there is access to an extensive resident
medical officer teaching program. There are strong links with South Australia &
their training program.
Division of Emergency & Critical Care Medicine
Emergency Department at the Royal Darwin Hospital is a newly built and a well
resourced environment in which to work with 24 hour access to all
investigations. The ED sees 50,000 patients a year of which 15,000 are children.
The casemix is unlike other tertiary ED's in that the patients are younger and
the levels of trauma and severe sepsis are amongst the highest in Australia.
29% of attendances are aboriginal people who account for 50% of admissions. The
ED staff are supported by a dedicated psychiatry team within the ED, dedicated
social worker, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, aboriginal
liaison, security staff and hospital police constable.
interns and medical students are supervised by registrars and consultants. There
are at present 8 consultants, 12 registrars, 13 residents, 2 interns and 2-4
medical students. The ED is accredited for 12 months adult emergency medicine
training plus paediatric log book including 6 months specials skills training in
the retrieval service. Registrars get 4-5 hours protected formal teaching time
per week and residents, interns and medical students get 4 hours. There are
separate FACEM part 1 & 2 programs. With the other critical care specialties we
run regular trauma, adult life support and paediatric life support courses in
the hospital and in peripheral hospitals. We also run a SIMMAN in a dedicated
suite to train for team resuscitations. We provide regular EMST / APLS / MIMMS
courses. We are one of only three MIMMS training centres in Australia.
Registrars are appointed for 12 months following which rotations can be arranged
to other specialties for non-ED time. There are 3 and 6 month resident
rotations. The roster for all junior doctors is 38 hours per week in 10 hour
shifts so there is plenty of time to visit the sights or study in your three
days off per week. When in the ED there is 24 hour registrar presence.
Registrars with appropriate airway skills can also work on the fixed wing
retrieval roster. Consultant staff aim to provide a supportive, enthusiastic,
educational, safe environment and are available 24 hours a day with extensive
"on the floor" presence.
our team and have the time of your life.
Intensive Care Unit
facility is the only Intensive Care Unit in the Top End of the Northern
Territory. The combined Intensive Care/High Dependency Unit is a modern 18-bed
facility commissioned in August 2003. The combined unit has 900 to 1,000
admissions each year. Paediatric admissions comprise 10% of the total. The
patient mix is very different from other tertiary units in Australia. Our
patients are young (average age 45), have a high severity of illness at
presentation and more than 50% are Aboriginal people. Many of our Aboriginal
patients come from remote communities of the Top End, where English is often a
2nd or 3rd language. The predominant admission diagnoses are pneumonia, severe
sepsis and trauma. The case mix includes tropical diseases such as melioidosis,
malaria, leptospirosis, & TB. The unit receives over 100 major traumas each
year, 20% of these receive emergency neurosurgical procedures, including
evacuation of extra-axial haematomas, intracranial pressure monitoring, and
decompressive craniectomy. While there is no cardiac surgical service in Darwin,
the unit provides facilities for full invasive cardiac monitoring, and counter
balloon pulsation. In addition a significant number of elective and emergency
thoracic procedures are performed.
medical team is led by 4 full-time intensivists. There is one senior registrar
position, 4 registrar and 4 resident positions, and the unit has 24-hour
registrar and resident cover. Royal Darwin Hospital ICU is accredited by the
Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine for 12 months core training for
advanced trainees and the senior registrar post is also accredited. Training
positions are also provided for trainees in other acute specialties, such as
Anaesthesia, General Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Registrars can
apply for 3, 6, 9 or 12-month positions. The ICU resident positions are offered
as 3 and 6-month rotations. There is a strong emphasis on teaching, with a
weekly tutorial program and a commitment to clinical teaching “on the run”. The
atmosphere is dynamic & supportive, and the doctors, nurses and all our
ancillary staff work together as a team.
at the Royal Darwin provides a unique opportunity to experience life in one of
Australia’s outposts. You will have access to the Top Ends unique natural
wonders and live a tropical lifestyle while gaining unique clinical experience
in a supportive ICU team environment. It is an opportunity not to be missed.
AIRMED – Aeromedical Retrieval Service
There are currently 4
full-time aeromedical retrieval registrar positions at the Royal Darwin
Hospital. These positions provide medical support for the transfer of patients
from smaller communities in the Northern Territory to the base hospital in
Darwin. The casemix is extremely varied and infection, trauma, paediatrics and
obstetrics are common. The majority of these transports are performed in
dedicated fixed wing aircraft but some may be by road, helicopter, seaplane or
boat. Additional critical care retrievals are provided on flights from Darwin
to major hospitals in the southern states and international retrievals into
South East Asia. Minimum requirements for these positions are 4 or more years
post registration and experience in anaesthesia and emergency medicine. Rosters
are predominantly 12 hour shifts in line with CASA guidelines and a fatigue
management program is in place. All doctors receive a formal orientation and
safety training course on commencement and participate in a weekly aeromedical
All transfers occur with the
support of experienced flight nurses and consultant backup is available at all
times for consultation and support.
An attachment in AirMed is
accredited toward Emergency and Anaesthetic training.
Division of Surgery
Division of Surgery offers excellent training experiences in surgical
– 3-6 months attachments in General Surgery and Orthopaedics includes exposure
to ENT, Ophthalmology and Maxillofacial Surgery.
positions – there are additional posts for undifferentiated RMOs to gain
experience in surgery. These posts allow supervision and support of interns and
an increased exposure to operative surgery.
Surgical Education and Training Year 1 (SET 1) – There are four accredited
SET 1 positions. The attachment includes options for 3 months terms as a
general surgical resident medical officer or junior registrar, Orthopaedic
junior registrar, Emergency resident, ICU resident and a relieving term.
Unaccredited Junior registrar posts – In addition there are some junior
registrar posts in general surgery and orthopaedics suitable for doctors
committed to training programs in rural general practice or doctors
contemplating a career in a subspecialty of surgery who need a year of wide
surgical experience before specialisation.
Surgical Education and Training Years 2 to 4 (SET 2,3,4 OR 5) – There are
accredited training posts in general surgery (3), maxillofacial surgery (2), ENT
(1) and Ophthalmology (1). These are rotating positions from the training
schemes based in Adelaide, Sydney and North Queensland.
Senior Registrar – There is a post-fellowship training in rural surgery.
This offers invaluable experience to a newly qualified General Surgeon who
wishes to gain competence and confidence in subspecialty surgery as practiced by
diverse responsibilities extend to providing specialist services to Gove and
Katherine Hospitals and other smaller Top End Centres.
Department of Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgery is accredited towards Advanced
Surgical Training by the RACDS. With approximately 300 facial trauma per year,
and about 60 cases of head and neck malignancies, alongside benign conditions of
the head and neck, this is a busy Department.
Senior Fellow in Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgery - The Senior Fellow is
expected to be someone with skills in microvascular surgery, and broad exposure
to head and neck malignancies and facial trauma. The position carries training
opportunities at the AO course, and it is anticipated that the incumbent will be
actively involved in clinical research.
Previous Fellows in this Department have included a Plastic Surgeon and an ENT
Registrar in Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgery - Registrar in
Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgery - The position of AST is available to dually
trained persons with College registration. The second position of Registrar is
available to any surgically trained person with significant interest in the
region of the head and neck.
is significant potential for enhancing all aspects of maxillofacial and Head &
Neck surgical skills in this training position, and it is expected that the
Advanced trainee will present at least two papers in International conferences
during the one-year tenure.
The training positions available in Anaesthesia offer a range of experience hard
to match anywhere else in Australia. The Department has 8 Registrar positions
and 3 Resident positions.The positions are accredited for training with the
Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Four are for rotating
trainees from the South Australian/Northern Territory Training Scheme in
Anaesthesia. Additional positions are for RACGP advanced rural skills training
in anaesthetics . The Anaesthetic RMO positions are for 3 or 6 month terms.
Weekly anaesthetic tutorials are conducted with Three hours of protected
teaching time. Special tutorials for the Primary and Final Examination can be
The Department provides Anaesthesia for a wide range of surgery including all
specialities except cardiac. Approximately 15% of cases are paediatric and there
is a large amount of faciomaxillary surgery allowing development of fibre-optic
intubation skills. There is also a large amount of trauma including neurotrauma
managed completely within the hospital. Many of the obstetric cases are
complicated including patients with severe rheumatic heart disease.
Division of Maternal and Child Health
The Department of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology is a busy clinical unit at Royal Darwin Hospital. There are
three full time specialists and one outreach specialist who also works part time
in the department. There are five registrar positions two of which are
rotations within the South Australian RANZCOG program and one position rotates
with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Resident medical officer posts of 3,
6 and 12 months are available for general experience in obstetrics and
gynaecology and to pursue the diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology (DRANZCOG).
There is also one position accredited for the advanced DRANZCOG (12 months).
The birth rate at Royal
Darwin Hospital is circa 1600 deliveries per annum. The delivery rates do not
truly reflect the clinical workload. Casemix is varied and includes a high
preterm delivery rate (15%) and serious maternal morbidity with diabetes
mellitus, renal disease and rheumatic heart disease. The doctors in training
gain valuable clinical exposure to Aboriginal health and high risk medical
The department is a teaching
unit for medical students from the Northern Territory Clinical School, which is
affiliated with Flinders University of South Australia and James Cook
University, Queensland. We have an active teaching program for medical officers,
including tutorials relevant to the diploma examination, journal club, weekly
registrar teaching videolinks with the Women and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
and monthly dedicated departmental education seminars.
Fellow in Indigenous Women’s
Health: This 12 month registrar position, based at royal Darwin Hospital is
attached to the Specialist Obstetrics & Gynaecology Outreach Program of the Top
End of the Northern Territory. The position provides clinical service to rural
and remote indigenous communities and has a dedicated research component.
Priority is awarded to senior RANZCOG trainees or post Fellowship candidates.
For further information. Please contact Dr Martha Finn, Director Obstetrics &
Gynaecology email Martha.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of
Paediatrics is responsible for three wards at the Royal Darwin Hospital: a
23-bed General Paediatric ward, an 18-bed Isolation ward, and an 18-cot Special
Care Nursery with 5 ventilated cots. There are 3 full-time Paediatricians, 1.5
academic Paediatricians, 2 Visiting Specialists, 5 Visiting Interstate
Sub-Specialists, 7 Registrars and 5 RMOs. We have an active teaching program for
RMOs and Registrars in Paediatrics, including weekly Journal Club, Grand Rounds,
Xray meeting and RMO meeting as well as the other hospital meetings.
The clinical paediatric
practice in Darwin is very different from other teaching hospitals in Australia
due to the high prevalence of gastroenteritis with biochemical disturbances,
malnutrition, infectious diseases and chronic respiratory, middle ear and renal
diseases. We also benefit from excellent laboratory, radiology and allied health
services. The Department has a very community-oriented approach, with
Paediatricians visiting rural Aboriginal communities on a regular basis. We have
an active research program in conjunction with the NT Clinical School and
Menzies School of Health Research, collaborating on research projects on
diarrhoeal disease, malnutrition, low birthweight, iron deficiency, Rheumatic
fever, intussusception, chronic lung disease, middle ear disease and renal
disease in Aboriginal community children. With the NHMRC Centre of Clinical
Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Menzies School of Health Research, we are
collaborating on research projects on diarrhoeal disease, malnutrition, low
birthweight, chronic lung disease, middle ear disease and renal disease in
Aboriginal community children. The Department’s chief priorities over the next
few years are to extend the teaching program for the NT Clinical School
(affiliated with Flinders University), to rural sites, to carry out high quality
intervention studies in Aboriginal Child Health and to improve the quality of
Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services are rapidly developing in the Northern Territory.
Northern Territory Mental Health Services are able to offer accredited positions
in basic training for fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of
Psychiatrists. It is anticipated that training positions will be available at
Darwin and Alice Springs in 2008.
The training offers unique and valuable experience in psychiatry and is
supervised by the Director of Training who is responsible to the Royal
Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Northern Territory Training
Committee. It involves time for individual supervision with Consultants as well
as participation in psychiatric theory training via teleconference with a major
interstate training scheme. There is one RMO/Intern position available in each
term for Darwin.
The Pathology Department at
Royal Darwin Hospital comprises Anatomical Pathology, Forensic Pathology,
Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Chemical Pathology and Microbiology.
Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Chemical Pathology have been grouped together
to form the Clinical Laboratory. The Microbiology Laboratory comprises
Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Serology, Virology and Molecular
The Microbiology Laboratory
is accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia for two years
of special training in microbiology and one year for general pathology
candidates. The Microbiology Laboratory is happy to also accept medically
qualified trainees in infectious diseases, public health and sexual health who
are seeking one year of laboratory experience. Trainees can expect to see a
wide range of tropical clinical microbiology as well as basic microbiology.
The Anatomical Pathology
Laboratory is accredited for two years of special training in anatomical
Royal Darwin Hospital at present, there are 16 interns and approximately 48
prevocational trainees. The basic terms in the internship year are Medicine and
Surgery. In addition to the latter, the interns choose two further three month
terms in Emergency, Psychiatry, Orthopaedics and, if available, Obstetrics and
Paediatrics. The infrastructure of intern training includes a general three –
five day orientation prior to commencement of the year, an individual
orientation to the particular department where the interns works and supervision
by a nominated intern supervisor during his/her term in that department.
The Intern Supervisor is not
necessarily the consultant of the team to which the intern is attached but
rather the overseer of training in the department and may be responsible for up
to three interns. A "Term Description" is prepared by the intern supervisor to
facilitate guidance and feedback on the intern’s progress during that term.
This document contains the philosophy of the unit, an outline of the intern’s
responsibilities and goals. The latter includes an outline of the skills and
clinical conditions, that the intern at the end of the term should be able to
confidently manage with varying levels of supervision to independent
performance. The Term Description is not exhaustive, to allow recognition of the
value of the basics and the unique nature of learning by clinical exposure in
varying settings. The key to intern training is supervised apprenticeship, with
clearly defined goals and provision of feedback on clinical and professional
Complementary to the
training within the individual departments, is a general education program for
the resident medical officers (interns and other prevocational doctors). This
consists of weekly tutorials and monthly workshops. They are interactive
sessions based on practical problems encountered in clinical practice e.g. "The
They have been designed by
resident medical officers for resident medical officers. The workshops include
a cultural awareness program, advanced CPR, interpretation of electrocardiograms
and chest xrays, a trauma course, stress management and workshops on ENT,
ophthalmology and other disciplines.
is an active General Clinical Training Committee which oversights the training
and includes representatives from a wide range of areas.
There are active training
programmes for junior medical officers in addition to the general education
program referred to above under “Interns” which consists of weekly tutorials and
monthly workshops and is available to all rmo’s. There are 6 positions in
Diploma of Obstetrics and 4 positions in Graduate Diploma of Indigenous and
Tropical Child Health. A number of rmo’s undertake MPH studies through Menzies
School of Health and James Cook University. There are also programs designed for
urban and rural general practice training. All posts are recognised by the
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for Fellowship Training. For
information on assistance with study leave refer to the “Condition of Service”
The terms accredited for
Specialist training are General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine,
Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Mental Health, Microbiology, Anatomical
Pathology, General Pathology (Microbiology year), Paediatrics, Obstetrics,
Orthopaedics, Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Anaesthetics, Emergency Medicine,
Rehabilitation Medicine, ICU, ENT and Radiology.
Employment at Royal Darwin
Hospital gives the opportunity to develop broad clinical experience and
improvement in practical skills in all these areas.
Royal Darwin Hospital and
Alice Springs Hospital are teaching hospitals for the Northern Territory
Clinical School of the Flinders University School of Medicine. There are
academic appointments at Royal Darwin Hospital in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics
& Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, and Allied Health. Clinicians in
Emergency Medicine and Anaesthetics have academic status. At Alice Springs
Hospital, there are academic appointments in Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery and
Obstetrics. There are 16 students from Flinders based in Darwin for their third
year of the Graduate Entry Medical Program and 8 students from James Cook
excellence, education and research the team at Menzies School of Health Research
is discovering ways to reduce the impact of disease and improve the health and
well-being of people living in Australia and beyond.
As the nation’s leader in
Indigenous and tropical health research, our discoveries are being used to
better prevent, treat and diagnose disease. Our researchers are also making a
difference by showing how the social and physical environments in which we live
and in which health care is delivered can be improved for better health
The problems associated with
poor health and disease don’t stop at international borders - that is why
Menzies’ researchers work with governments and communities in our region and
across the globe to offer their expertise and contribute our unique perspective
gained from over twenty years of ground breaking research.
Working within our seven
Divisions our priorities include:
– we are working to combat ear, lung and skin infections that stunt the
growth and development of Indigenous children and are focusing on the links
between health and education from pre-birth to leaving school.
Healing and Resilience
– our researchers are helping to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illness
and substance misuse in Indigenous people.
- we are world leaders in research into major health problems in our region
including rheumatic heart disease, malaria and tuberculosis.
Disease – we
are working to discover the causes of chronic disease including diabetes,
heart and kidney disease, and find the best ways to diagnose and prevent
Tropical and Emerging
– the Menzies team are unearthing new health threats so we can improve
treatments, prevent the spread of disease and help develop vaccines.
Services, Systems and
Society – our
researchers are finding out what we are doing right and what can be changed
so we can improve the health care system and social and physical
– we are training the researchers and policy makers of the future to help
fight disease, injury, disability and death and improve the quality of life
of disadvantaged Australians.
With its main base on the
Royal Darwin Hospital campus in Darwin, Northern Territory, Menzies employs
around 200 staff – a high proportion of whom are Indigenous. We also operate a
smaller unit in Alice Springs and have a joint facility with the Indonesian
Department of Health in Timika, Indonesia.
At Menzies we have
world-class laboratory facilities where we conduct ground-breaking research
including analysis of snake venom, soil samples for melioidosis, scabies mite
drug resistance, malaria and deadly bacteria.
We work in more than 40
Indigenous communities across Australia and our work touches the lives of many.
Our researchers are discovering better ways to treat the common problems and we
are teaching local people how to improve the health of their communities.
Menzies employs some of the
nation’s best researchers and we are recognised as a regional leader in
education and research. We are using our unique knowledge and know-how to
discover solutions and help disadvantaged people around the world.
Interaction with Darwin Private Hospital
Darwin Private Hospital is situated adjacent to the Royal Darwin Hospital and
the hospitals are connected via walkways at 2 levels. Darwin Private Hospital, a
108 bed acute medical and surgical facility, is the only private hospital in the
whole of the Northern Territory and it plays a significant role in the provision
of health care to Territorians.
A wide cross section of Surgical and Medical staff have appointments in both the
Public and Private Hospitals.
Opportunities exist for Residents and Registrars to work with Consultants and
gain valuable practical and academic experience within Darwin Private Hospital.
Residents and Registrars appointed to Royal Darwin Hospital are granted
assisting rights (on request) to the Private Hospital.
A wide range of specialties
are catered for at Darwin Private Hospital, and a major step in health care for
the “Top End” has been the development of a Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
by Darwin Private Hospital in conjunction with the Flinders Cardiac Centre from
Life In Darwin
Darwin boasts a relaxed
lifestyle, a cosmopolitan population and magnificent sunsets. It is a young and
vital city-on-the-move. Darwin is well planned, clean and green, boasting
modern amenities and beautiful parklands. As the capital of Australia’s
Northern Territory, Darwin is the centre of government and the major
administrative and commercial centre. It is as close to Singapore and Manila as
it is to Sydney and Melbourne and is increasingly making its mark as a major
gateway for Asia.
Darwin is probably the most
cosmopolitan in Australia with more than 60 nationalities and some 76 ethnic
groups. Just over one quarter of the Northern Territory population identify
themselves as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
The estimated resident
population of Darwin and nearby Palmerston is 95,000.
Darwin is a young town and
the median age is just 31 years.
The Top End has a rugged
landscape and many natural wonders. Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National
Park and Katherine Gorge are all within half a day’s drive and are quite
The defence industry has
become a major contributor to the Darwin economy and is playing an increasing
role in everyday life, with some 3,500 defence people already playing an active
part in the local community.
Darwin’s weather is perfect
from May to September. The days are mild and the nights are balmy and cool.
This is the Dry Season, when the days are characterised by gentle southeast
trade winds and blue skies are the norm. Being a monsoonal climate there is a
distinctive Wet Season period, with most rain falling between December and
March. There can be high intensity storms at this time, often providing quite
spectacular lightning displays.
Shopping facilities in
Darwin are excellent. In addition to the airconditioned shops, markets have
become a way of life in Darwin and a popular feature for both visitors and
Sport is a way of life in
the Top End, with 110 different sporting and physical activities available. Art
and cultural activities are an important aspect of Darwin’s unique lifestyle.
There are many opportunities to be involved in performing and visual arts,
crafts, festivals, dance and music, or alternatively to take it easy, sit back
and be entertained.
RDH On Campus Accommodation and Recreational Facilities
Furnished accommodation is available on the Royal Darwin Hospital campus for
periods ranging from 3 to 12 months and is allocated according to determined
criteria and availability. Accommodation available is in the form of bedsitters,
1-2 bedroom units and 3-4 bedroom houses.
are recreational facilities available on the RDH campus, ie a half size olympic
swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, basketball courts and a gymnasium.
Rotations to Rural Hospitals
3-6 monthly Rotations are
available, to Gove, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs Hospitals. RMOs
should anticipate a rotation to one of these localities. Refer to the following
pages for information on each of these hospitals.
In addition, short term
placements with Aboriginal Medical Centres and to remote communities such as
Borroloola and Maningrida are available under the Pre vocational General
Practice Placement Program (Rural & Urban).
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