Central Australia Health Service specialities and rotations

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a small but busy clinical unit at Alice Springs Hospital. 

The birth rate at Alice Springs Hospital is approximately 800 deliveries per annum. 

About 60 per cent of women delivering at Alice Springs are Indigenous. The delivery rates do not truly reflect the clinical workload. The case mix is varied and includes a high pre-term delivery rate and serious maternal morbidity with infectious diseases, diabetes mellitus, renal disease and rheumatic heart disease. 

Doctors in training gain valuable clinical exposure to Indigenous health issues and high risk medical obstetrics, as well as a first-hand experience of varied and specific challenges faced in providing health care to a population as diverse as that found in the Northern Territory.


The Department Of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a teaching unit for medical students from the Northern Territory Clinical School, affiliated with Flinders University of South Australia. The teaching program includes:

  • Once weekly education session: may be on topics relevant to Certificate of Women’s Health/ Diploma, or journal article review
  • Once weekly case presentations discussing perinatal morbidity
  • Quarterly perinatal mortality audits

Other specific learning opportunities are provided by:

  • A dedicated Early Pregnancy Clinic: runs on a daily basis, and provides an opportunity for performing hands-on supervised ultrasound examination in the first trimester, as well as gaining confidence in the counselling and management of complications in the first trimester. Trainee registrars rate this clinic highly in achieving its teaching goals.
  • Opportunity to learn basic obstetric ultrasound
  • Opportunity to learn colposcopy within the general gynaecology clinics
  • Outreach visits to Indigenous community clinics and district hospitals: complements the experience of understanding the challenges of health care faced by health care providers in the NT.
  • Elective Gynaecology theatre session attendance: provides an opportunity to both perform and assist in routine gynaecological surgery


Alice Springs is currently accredited with the Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for advanced training, but not basic ITP (Integrated Training Programme) training

Resident medical officer posts of three, six and 12 months are available for general experience in obstetrics and gynaecology and to pursue the diploma, advanced Diploma, and Certificate of Women’s Health in obstetrics and gynaecology. 


For further information email MedicalRecruitmentASH@nt.gov.au.

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Last updated: 07 December 2019

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