Central Australia Health Service specialities and rotations

Paediatric positions in CAHS


The Paediatric Department includes inpatient care on a 30-bed paediatric ward, an eight-bed neonatal nursery, and outpatient and community outreach services.

There are about 1,500 paediatric ward admissions annually with the majority being Aboriginal, who are managed for a wide variety of illnesses, often specific to the low socioeconomic status and remoteness of local communities. Exposure to interesting and high acuity cases are frequent and managed locally due to the distance to the nearest referral centre.

Annually there are about 800 births at Alice Springs Hospital with approximately 250 admissions to the neonatal unit, with the department routinely accepting delivery of neonates of less than 30 weeks gestation. However due to remoteness there are a number of very low birthweight and extreme premature babies requiring management and retrieval.

Outpatient clinics are run every day at the dedicated paediatric outpatient unit, including general paediatric clinics and behavioural and developmental clinics. About 30 remote communities receive outreach paediatric visits.

Alice Springs Hospital allows specialised learning opportunities that are well supported by a senior team.

Training and Placement

There are currently eight paediatric registrar positions available, supervised by six full-time consultant positions.

The Paediatric Department is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) for Acute/Rural General Paediatrics for Advanced Trainees and has Basic Trainees rotating from Adelaide Women’s and Children Hospital for six months at a time.

There are two accredited Community/Developmental Paediatric positions, covering community outreach, neurodevelopmental diagnosis, child protection and out-of-home care.

Contact

For further information email MedicalRecruitmentASH@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 23 December 2020

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