Royal Darwin Hospital

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Royal Darwin Hospital is the main teaching Hospital in the Northern Territory with approximately 300 beds.  It provides a broad range of services in all specialty areas to the Darwin urban population as well as serving as a referral centre to the whole Top End of the Northern Territory.  The Top End population serviced by the hospital is approximately 150,000.

Royal Darwin Hospital is a University teaching hospital and one of five public hospitals located within the Northern Territory with approximately 363 beds.  Our vision is to be recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for the provision of high quality healthcare to our community and fulfill our role as the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.  It provides a broad range of services in all specialty areas to the Darwin urban population as well as serving as a referral centre to the whole Top End of the Northern Territory.  The Top End population serviced by the hospital is approximately 150,000.

 

The hospital has a new Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit and Palliative Care Hospice.  The Rapid Admission and Planning Unit (RAPU) expanded to fully operational with 24 medical and surgical beds.  A self contained Birth Centre also opened this year.  The main ward block is currently undergoing refurbishment.

 

Each department has been fitted out with the latest technology which places the hospital on an equal level of the finest hospitals in Australia. Included in the design and function of the redevelopment is a decontamination suite and allowances have been made in the Emergency Department for the hospital to cope with major disaster situations should another situation similar to the Bali disaster occur.

 

The bridge link to the Darwin Private Hospital will encourage co-location of services and shared ventures which in turn will see the development of new services in the Territory.

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 this region.

 

Basic Trainees:

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 Trainees

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.

 

Outreach Registrar

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 this way.

 

The position commences in April 2008.

To express interest or to lodge an application:

Contact: Dr E Spencer, Director of Physician Training Email: emma.spencer@nt.gov.au

 

 

Rehabilitation Medicine

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 Outreach clinics.

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 Medicine

The 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.

RMOs, 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.

Join our team and have the time of your life.

Intensive Care Unit

This 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. 

The 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.

A post 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 training program.

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

The Division of Surgery offers excellent training experiences in surgical specialities.

Intern – 3-6 months attachments in General Surgery and Orthopaedics includes exposure to ENT, Ophthalmology and Maxillofacial Surgery.

RMO 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 General Surgeons.

The diverse responsibilities extend to providing specialist services to Gove and Katherine Hospitals and other smaller Top End Centres.

The 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 Surgeon.

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.

There 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.

Anaesthetics

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 arranged.

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

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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 obstetrics.

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.finn@nt.gov.au.

Paediatrics

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 neonatal medicine.

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.

Pathology Department

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 Microbiology.

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 pathology.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES

Interns

In 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 development.

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 Breathless Patient". 

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.

There is an active General Clinical Training Committee which oversights the training and includes representatives from a wide range of areas.

Resident Medical Officers

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” booklet.

Registrars

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.

Medical Students

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 University.

Research

Through scientific 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 outcomes.  

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:

  • Child Health – 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.
  • International Health - we are world leaders in research into major health problems in our region including rheumatic heart disease, malaria and tuberculosis.
  • Preventable Chronic 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 them.
  • Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases – 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 environment.
  • Education and Training – 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 Adelaide.

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 spectacular.

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 residents.

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.

There 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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