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Intern Information

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Applications for 2017 Intern positions open May 2016.

Offers to successful applicants will commence July 2016. 

Successful applicants will be given 48hrs to respond to the offer, any offer not accepted after this period will be withdrawn.  The NT supports the National Allocation of Intern placements and all offers will be made in accordance with guidelines established by the working party.

If you are looking for opportunities in your medical career, then the Northern Territory is the place for you. Whether you are a junior doctor just embarking on your medical career, a registrar seeking positions for accredited specialist training, a general practice trainee wishing to become a rural medical officer in a rural remote setting, or a specialist just looking for a change, the Territory has something to offer you in one or several of its five hospitals.

The Northern Territory offers a great lifestyle, spectacular geography and unique medical opportunities not available elsewhere in Australia.  Working in Northern Territory Hospitals offers broad clinical experience and opportunities to improve practical skills in all specialty areas.  Territory Hospitals provide a range of services often not seen in similar sized hospitals due to the wide range of medical conditions, crosscultural blend of patients, and combination of rural and remote locations. Our hospitals also have a strong focus on medical education and training, and employment packages can include specific training programs and rotations.

How to Apply

Applications for Intern positions for 2017 open May 2016.  Please complete the online application click on the "Medical Officer Opportunities Apply Online" link below and forward your CV to hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au

Applications are made to the Northern Territory Hospitals Networks. Interns may choose to work at Royal Darwin Hospital or Alice Springs Hospital.



Applications for 2017 Intern positions open May 2016.

Intern positions are available to graduates  of an Australian or New Zealand university.  All other applicants should apply through the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) application process.  RMO applications for 2017 open June 2016.

Referee Report

Please ensure you nominate three referees in your application. 

The NT Department of Health will contact the referees of all short-listed applicants. 

National Audit of Internship Acceptances for Clinical Year 2017

In order to assist States and Territories with the filling of intern positions for 2017, a national audit of internship acceptances for clinical year 2017 will occur. Information disclosed will be restricted to name, date of birth, university attended or attending, student number, Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA) Registration number, email address, contact number, and residency status.

The information will not be used to influence or determine the outcome of an applicant's application. This information may be used by States and Territories to determine whether applicants have accepted multiple positions. Specific information will not be disclosed to persons not involved in the audit.

Applicants who are identified as having accepted more than one position will be contacted and asked to confirm, by a certain date, which position they plan to take up for the internship commencing in 2017. Applicants are able to access any of the information held on them.

For general enquiries regarding intern applications please contact hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au

Service & Registration

Interns are in postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and are provisionally registered by the Medical Board of the Northern Territory. Full registration is granted after successful completion of 48 weeks of service, which includes a minimum of 10 weeks in each of the core terms of:

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery (or orthopaedics at Alice Springs Hospital (ASH))
  • Emergency Medicine (8 weeks from 2014)

Intern year at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) consists of 5 terms of 10-11 weeks duration so you will undertake two further elective terms; new terms are under development to accommodate an expanding workforce, with the following available in 2017:

  • Cardiology
  • Head & Neck surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal

Intern year at ASH consists of 4 terms of 12-13 weeks duration so you will undertake one further elective term from:

  • ICU
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Renal
  • Or repeat a core term


Interns undertake up to a 10 day Orientation program prior to commencing ward duties. The orientation is largely hands-on and interactive. Key elements include Skills session utilising the simulation lab, cultural competencies, use of the extensive electronic health systems used throughout the hospital, and an introduction to management of unique and complex patient presentations.

Orientation to specific terms and the team you will be attached to takes place towards the end of Orientation week.

RDH 2017 Orientation commences 9th January 2017.


All junior medical officers are supervised to enable them to develop the capacity to practice independently. Each department has a term supervisor who is responsible for coordinating and ensuring intern training and supervision. Each intern has a clinical supervisor who is a member of their team and who provides supervision in their day to day work.

Interns will meet with their supervisors at the start, middle and end of each term to ensure goals are shared and achieved. The end of term assessment is a formal assessment which contributes to gaining full registration at the end of your intern year.

Your supervisors are available to advise on professional issues as well as patient management.


Alice Springs and Royal Darwin Hospitals are teaching hospitals, with strong links to the Flinders University NT Medical Program and James Cook University Medical School, and provides a comprehensive training program for junior medical officers. You will be expected to attend weekly protected training sessions tailored to immediate needs as well as covering broader areas of professional development.

In each of the terms you undertake during the year, you will receive weekly formal and informal teaching sessions from consultants and registrars. Most departments will have formal grand rounds, journal clubs and specific sessions such as radiology meetings each week, and you will be expected and supported in attending these.

There is a general focus for training and experience in PGY1 and PGY2, enabling you to consolidate your knowledge, skills and experience, as well as provide you with opportunities to explore potential careers. The training and experiences in these two years follow the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors. In PGY2 and beyond you will be offered the opportunity to follow pathways that prepare you for vocational training programs. Opportunities for rural and remote practice are a key feature of these pathways.

Junior Doctors are encouraged to attend regular education and up-skilling sessions covering broad areas of professional development. Most departments also have formal grand rounds, journal clubs and specific sessions such as radiology meetings each week, and junior doctors are supported in attending these. In addition, all our junior doctors receive a profession training allowance paid fortnightly and to support individual training needs. Territory hospitals provide a comprehensive training program for junior medical officers. The training and experiences in PGY1 and PGY2 years follow the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors.

For general enquiries regarding intern applications please contact hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au