Central Australia medical officer positions

Working for the Central Australia Health Service

Recent graduates and experienced medical professionals have many opportunities to look forward to with none more diverse and challenging as an experience in the heart of Australia.

The Central Australia Health Service (CAHS) offers a number of unique career pathways with flexible training options from three, six, 12 months or longer and for those eager to take their career to the next level, your future awaits.

Alice Springs Hospital (ASH), located 1,500 kilometres south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, serves a large but sparsely populated area exceeding a million square kilometres with a population of more than 42,000 including the tri-state area of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

The hospital caters for more than 65,000 admissions annually and with almost 84 per cent of patients being Aboriginal it cares for some of the nation’s most vulnerable people, with high levels of morbidity and mortality, and many with conditions rarely seen elsewhere in the country, with disease burden and comorbidities being disproportionally high.

The medicine is incredibly diverse, complex and interesting with a prevalence of rheumatic heart disease, bronchiectasis, and chronic liver and renal disease, along with diabetes in a young population with a median age of just 34.

Tennant Creek Hospital (TCH), located about 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs, is a 20-bed acute care hospital offering challenging remote work for medical practitioners and caters for more than 12,500 admissions annually, of which more than 95 per cent are Aboriginal.

About Central Australia

Central Australia offers spectacular natural scenery and an attractive lifestyle for both living and working, and is a tourist mecca attracting more than half a million visitors a year.

Alice Springs has a strong sense of community with a variety of sports and cultural activities reflecting its multicultural heart.

The central desert region of Australia has stunning ancient landforms that continue to hold the life-giving ancestral stories of Aboriginal people who represent more than 30 per cent of the local population.

Alice Springs, more properly Mparntwe, is on the traditional lands of the Arrernte people and the site of many important Dreamtime stories, with the region being home to 15 different language groups. It is a friendly, welcoming place suited to doctors with a sense of adventure and those interested in Aboriginal health and culture.

This guide provides information on the recruitment and training of medical officers at Alice Springs Hospital and Tennant Creek Hospital.


Medical Recruitment
Phone: +61 8 8951 7989 
Mail: PO Box 2234, Alice Springs NT 0871

Registrar applications to be lodged directly to Alice Springs Hospital
Phone: +61 8 8951 7989
Mail: PO Box 2234 Alice Springs   NT 0871

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Last updated: 23 December 2020

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