Northern Territory

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Northern Territory

View training regions to guide your term placement choices.


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Northern Territory
The Northern Territory region is remote territory blessed with outback desert landscapes, sparkling waterfalls, lush waterholes and cultural experiences . It is home to Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and the Kakadu National Park.

General practice training in the NT is highly rewarding, adventurous and unlike anywhere else in Australia. You'll enjoy a laid-back outdoor lifestyle and the challenges of one of Australia's most culturally and linguistically diverse populations. 

By working in the NT, you'll be able to test your rural GP skillset and make a real difference to the health of aboriginal communities  in the region. 

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Darwin and surrounds

The Darwin and Surrounds sub-region includes the Northern Territory capital city, Darwin. This vibrant area captivates travelers from all over the world who are drawn to its tropical lifestyle. Rich in history and Top End biodiversity, Darwin has a celebrated culture, food, and adventure scene. 

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Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land subregion is an expanse of wilderness and rare biodiversity over 97,000 square kilometres. Its wealth of Aboriginal culture, knowledge and customs continue to nurture its woodlands and waters. Famous as a prime fishing destination, Arnhem Land has some of the most pristine coastlines in the country.

In Nhulunbuy there is a mix of mainstream GP services and Aboriginal health services, as well as the Gove Regional Hospital. Outside of Nhulunbuy, all services specialise in Aboriginal health.

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Katherine Region

Katherine region is a tropical subregion in the Northern Territory, full of gorges, waterfalls and hot springs. Popular activities include market gardening, bushwalking and camping in the bushland and national parks.  

Katherine town offers a mix of mainstream general practice and Aboriginal health services as well as the Katherine Regional Hospital. Surrounding towns like Ngukuur, Urapunga, Jilkminggan, Minyerri, Timber Creek and Lajamanu are classified MMM7 (the highest possible classification of remoteness).

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Barkly region

The Barkly subregion is timeless outback country – hot, dry, red and rugged. Known as the Golden Heart of the Northern Territory, it boasts a wealth of Aboriginal culture, a thriving arts scene and a close-knit, culturally diverse local community.

There is a small hospital in Tennant Creek, a mainstream general practice and an Aboriginal health service that looks after Tennant Creek and the surrounding Barkly region. All Barkly health services are classified as MMM7.

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Central Australia region

Central Australian region is NT’s largest region, covering 42% of the total land area. It is known as the Red Centre for its red landscape hues and its location in the heart of the nation. The area is rich in natural resources and natural beauty, with attractions such as Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Uluru and MacDonnell Ranges.

There is a mix of mainstream general practice, a hospital and Aboriginal health clinics in Alice Springs, classified MMM6. Aboriginal health centres outside of Alice Springs are classified MMM7.

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