Central Australia Health Service specialities and rotations

Obstetrics and gynaecology positions in CAHS

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a small, but busy, clinical unit at Alice Springs Hospital, with about 800 deliveries annually.

About 60 per cent of women delivering at the hospital are Aboriginal, however 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 Aboriginal 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 diverse population.


The department 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 sessions on topics relevant to the 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 providing an opportunity in the first trimester to perform hands-on supervised ultrasound examinations, as well as gaining confidence in the counselling and management of complications. 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 Aboriginal community clinics and district hospitals complement the experience of understanding the challenges of health care in the NT.
  • Elective Gynaecology theatre session attendance provides an opportunity to both perform and assist in routine gynaecological surgery


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

Print all pages in this section

Last updated: 23 December 2020

Give feedback about this page.

Share this page:

URL copied!