Central Australia Health Service specialities and rotations

Intensive care positions in CAHS

Alice Springs Hospital is home to a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit treating more than 600 patients per year, and is approved for six months of accredited training by all colleges.

Seventy per cent of the patients are Aboriginal with complex undifferentiated pathology, including a high rate of infection, renal disease, diabetes, rheumatic and ischaemic heart disease, bronchiectasis, and alcohol misuse. Ninety per cent of admissions are emergent with little post-operative elective work.

With the complex emergency undifferentiated medical case load it is a great learning environment for medical trainees in emergency and intensive care.

As there are few specialist services in the hospital it allows trainees to develop problem solving skills, aided by telephone assistance from specialists, and exposure to a greater number of technical skills than would normally only be covered in larger hospital intensive cares.

Training and positions

The small unit of four consultant staff allows a strong training relationship to be developed between trainee and consultant, and trainees with minimal prior experience in intensive care are offered six-month terms, with three to six-month terms for those with more experience.

A three-month rotation as a PGY2/3 RMO forms part of the two-year critical care JMO stream, which is planned to commence in 2021.


You can contact Dr Penny Stewart or Dr Paul Secombe by emailing MedicalRecruitmentASH@nt.gov.au for further information.

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Last updated: 23 December 2020

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