Resident (RMO) positions

This page provides information about Resident Medical Officer positions in both the Top End Health Service (TEHS) and the Central Australia Region (CAR). For general employment conditions, go to the Medical officers employment conditions page.

There is an annual recruitment cycle for Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) wishing to apply to the TEHS and CAR in the various specialties.

Please note the application process for both health services require separate applications.

For detailed  information, please read the below RMO's program sections.

The Central Australia Region (CAR) is accredited by the Prevocational Medical Assurance Services (PMAS) on behalf of the Northern Territory Medical Board for intern training and has a dynamic clinical training program incorporating all junior medical officers. There are more than 50 Resident Medical Officer (RMO) positions with 3, 6, 9 and 12 month rotations through a range of specialty and subspecialty areas, including rotations to Tennant Creek Hospital (TCH).


CAR provides an outstanding junior doctor training program with an award-winning team of educators and clinicians deeply committed to offering the junior doctor a rich and diverse education and training program, reflecting the challenges that come with working in Aboriginal health in rural and remote locations. Strong intern and RMO representation on the Medical Training Committee offers support to the junior doctor experience.

Junior doctors attend regular education and up-skilling sessions, covering broad areas of professional development, including simulation, with all teaching and training in the purpose-built, state- of-the-art Research, Education and Training (RED) Centre, supplemented by up-to-date junior doctor departmental teaching.

RMO rotations

Junior doctors can choose to participate in the General RMO stream or apply for a limited number of Streamed Training Pathways.

General RMO stream – participants can be in control of their own training and keep preference rotations to suit their learning needs. Whilst not a part of a formal training pathway support for specialty training program entry and development is offered.

Streamed Training Pathways – there are up to a total of four streamed training pathways for junior doctors interested in a 2-year programin the following streams:

  1. Critical care– core rotations of ICU, Anaesthetics/ICU (year 2), Emergency Medicine and General Medicine, plus a choice of elective rotations including TCH.
  2. Emergency medicine – core rotations of Emergency Medicine, ICU, Anaesthetics (year 2) plus a choice of elective rotations including TCH. In year 2 the candidate may be eligible for ED SRMO positions.
  3. Rural Generalist – core rotations of ICU, Anaesthetics, Paediatrics, O+G, Emergency Medicine, and TCH and elective term(s).
  4. Basic Physician Training – core rotations of General Medicine, Renal, Emergency Medicine, and ICU plus a choice of elective rotations, including TCH. In year 2 the candidate may be eligible for Registrar positions.

Streamed Training Pathways are open to internal and external applicants in their PGY2 year. The places for the 2-year program are competitive, offering priority access to popular rotations. Trainee development is supported by a structured program including learning objectives, mentoring, participation in additional learning activities, completion of ALS and BASIC courses, assessments such as miniCEX/DOPS/Term Assessments, and participation in research and audit activities. Those that successfully complete the program will receive support towards further training and employment with partner organisations interstate.

RMO rotations available include

Applicants must rank rotations in order of preference. Rotations include:

  • Addiction Medicine – 3 months, 4 positions
  • Anaesthetics – 3 months, 8 positions
    • preference to internal applicants and those requiring Anaesthetics for training)
  • Emergency Medicine – 3 or 6 months, includes Emergency Certificate, multiple positions
  • General Medicine – 3 months, up to 32 positions
  • General Surgery – 3 months, 8 positions
  • ICU – 3 months, up to 4 positions
    • note – for streamed training pathway candidates only
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology – 3 or 6 months, up to 24 positions
    • note - RMOs are first call and receive supervision from Consultant staff in person or by phone and require some ability to work independently
  • Oncology – 3 months, 4 positions
    • note - this is an RMO only unit with Consultant Supervision and support
  • Orthopaedics – 3 months, 4 positions
  • Paediatrics – 3 months, up to 16 positions
  • Palliative care – 3 months, 4 positions
  • Psychiatry – 3 months, 8 positions
  • Renal – 3 months, 12 – 16 positions
  • Remote Primary Care 3 months, up to 8 positions
    • you will be based in Alice Springs and participate in community visits with a Rural Generalist / Remote Medical Practitioner; visits range from day trips to 4 nights
  • TCH -- Rural Generalist Term – 3 months, up to 8 positions.

SRMO rotations

For PGY3+ only:

  • ED SRMO – 6 months preferred but 3, 9 or 12-month positions available, up to 12 positions.
    • must have completed 2 terms of Emergency Medicine since graduation
  • ICU SRMO – 6 months, only 2 positions available
    • selection will involve an additional interview with a representative from ICU.

Career Development

CAR offers many opportunities for career development for pre-vocational doctors. Rotations offer a general, well-rounded experience leading to a diverse range of vocational options. While contracts are offered on a 12-month basis, planning and pathways can be structured over one, 2 or 3 years, and take into account the needs of the individual junior doctor and tenure of employment.

Vocational Training

Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) is accredited for the following:

  • Addiction Medicine (RACP)
    • Full Accreditation
    • Accredited rotation for Physician and General Practice Training Programs
  • Anaesthetics (ANZCA)
    • Accreditation for 26 weeks Basic Training on rotation from the SA and NT Anaesthetics Training Scheme
    • Accredited rotation for Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Physician and Rural Generalist (JCCA) training programs
  • Clinical Forensic Medicine (RACP)
    • Accreditation currently pending
  • Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
    • Accredited for 18 months FACEM Training Program
      • plus rotations available for non-ED time training time including Anaesthetics, ICU, O+G, Paediatrics, Medicine, Addiction medicine, TCH
    • Accredited for the ACEM Emergency Medicine Certificate and Diploma
    • Accredited rotation for General practice, Physician and Rural Generalist training programs
  • General Practice and Rural Generalist training (ACRRM)
    • Fully accredited Core hospital training
    • AST available in Surgery (2 years), Internal Medicine (12+ months), Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics, Academic Practice and Anaesthetics (JCCA)
  • General Practice and Rural generalist Training (RACGP)
    • Fully accredited hospital time plus 6 months extended skills
    • Extended skills available in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Palliative Care, Addiction Medicine, and O+G/Women’s Health.
    • AST available in Surgery (2 years), Internal Medicine (12+ months), Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics, Academic Practice and Anaesthetics (JCCA)
  • General Surgery (RACS)
    • Accredited for 6 months on rotation from interstate training sites
  • Intensive Care Medicine (CICM)
    • Accredited for 6 months Core training
      • plus rotations available for non-core time including Anaesthesia (12 months), Internal Medicine (6 months) Emergency Medicine (6 months), Retrieval Medicine (6 months)
    • Accredited rotation for Emergency Medicine and Physician Training programs
  • Medical Administration (RACMA)
    • Fully accredited
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG)
    • Accredited for:
      • 6 months Basic Training on rotation from SA O+G Training Network - pending
      • 2 years Advanced Training
    • Certificate of Women’s Health, Diploma RANZCOG and Advanced Diploma RANZCOG
    • Accredited rotation for General Practice, Rural Generalist, Emergency Medicine, Child Health Certificate training programs
  • Ophthalmology (RANZCO)
    • Accredited for 6 months training on rotation from SA Training Network
  • Orthopaedics (RACS)
    • Accreditation application pending
  • Paediatrics (RACP)
    • Accredited for:
      • Basic Training – up to 12 months on rotation from Women’s and Children’s Hospital Network (SA)
      • Advanced Training – up to 24 months
    • Diploma of Child Health
    • Accredited rotation for Emergency Medicine, Physician, General Practice and Rural Generalist training programs
  • Physician Training (RACP)
    • Accredited for:
      • Basic Training – 12 months; application for 24 months accreditation pending 2020
      • Advanced Training – 12 – 24 months – General Medicine, Nephrology
    • Accredited for AST in Internal Medicine (Rural Generalist) and Clinical Diploma Palliative Care
    • Accredited rotation for Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, General Practice and Rural Generalist Training
  • Psychiatry (RANZCP)
    • Fully accredited
  • Public Health Medicine (RACP)
    • Fully accredited
  • Retrieval medicine (ACEM/ANZCA/CICM/ACRRM/RACGP)
    • Conjoint Committee of Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine (CCPHRM)
    • Full Accreditation from 2021

Further information for Vocational Training at ASH for each department can be found in the following links;


RMOs undertake an orientation program prior to commencing ward duties. Key elements include cultural competencies, use of electronic health systems, and an introduction to the management of complex patient presentations.

Orientation to specific departments and their teams takes place at the commencement of ward work.

CAHS JMO term dates 2023

  • Term 1: Monday 23 January to Sunday 23 April 2023
  • Term 2: Monday 24 April to Sunday 23 July 2023
  • Term 3: Monday 24 July to Sunday 22 October 2023
  • Term 4: Monday 23 October to Sunday 21 January 2024.


CAR supports workplace flexibility and shorter contracts to a minimum of 3 months can be negotiated.

For more information

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


Top End Health Service (TEHS) incorporating Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospital (RDPH), Katherine Hospital and Gove District hospital offers broad clinical experience and opportunities to improve practical skills as well as a great lifestyle, spectacular geography and unique medical opportunities. On site facilities at Royal Darwin include a beautiful 25 metre swimming pool, gym, squash and tennis courts.

On and off site accommodation is available at Royal Darwin, Katherine and Gove hospitals for up 14 weeks, longer stays may be negotiated depending on individual circumstances and the location.

RDPH supports relocation costs.

RDPH offers Resident Medical Officer (RMO) positions with rotations through Anaesthetics, ICU, General Medicine, Renal Medicine, Cardiology, Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Rehabilitation Medicine, Rapid Assessment and Planning Unit, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Psychiatry, Darwin Private Hospital, Emergency Medicine including ED Certificate/Diploma/Advanced Diploma, Katherine Hospital, Gove District Hospital including Pro start Anaesthetics training.

For more information, go to the Top End Health Service specialities and rotations page.


Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospital (RDPH) is a major teaching hospital located on two campuses. RDPH is co-located with Flinders NT University, Menzies School of Health Research and has strong links with the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.

Junior Doctors are encouraged to attend regular education and up-skilling sessions covering broad areas of professional development. Departments also have formal grand rounds, journal clubs and specific sessions such as radiology meetings each week, and junior doctors are supported in attending these. In addition, all our junior doctors receive a profession training allowance paid fortnightly to support individual training needs. Territory hospitals provide a comprehensive training program for junior medical officers. The training and experiences in PGY1 (Post Graduate Year) and PGY2 years follow the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors.

A variety of pathways are offered from PGY2 years, opportunities for rural and remote practice are a key feature of these pathways. Pre-vocational pathways offer a general, well rounded experience leading to a diverse range of vocational options, as well as tailored pathways leading to specific vocational programs. Pathways can be structured over one, two or three years.  Junior doctors can also complete the following post graduate qualifications:  Diploma of Obstetrics, Diploma of Paediatrics, Certificate in Emergency Medicine and Graduate Diploma of Indigenous and Remote Child Health. A number of junior doctors also undertake further studies such as a Master of Public Health through the Menzies School of Health Research and James Cook University.

For more information, go to the Top End Health Service specialities and rotations page.


RMOs undertake an Orientation program prior to commencing ward duties. Key elements include cultural competencies, use of the various electronic health systems used throughout the hospital, and an introduction to management of unique and complex patient presentations.

Orientation to specific departments and the team you will be attached to takes place at the commencement of ward work.

For general enquiries regarding RMO applications in TEHS, please email

2022 Top End Health Service annual RMO campaign:

  • Round 1 closed on 27 June 2021. Email with any enquiries.
  • Round 2 will open on 18 October and close on 14 November 2021.

During the campaign periods expressions of interest will not be accepted.

2023 Central Australia Region annual RMO campaign:

During the campaign period expressions of interest will not be accepted.

NOTE: Please check in the above application section, if EOIs are accepted in the relevant Health Service.

To express your interest in a medical officer position, please provide the following:

  • Application with three referees
    • NT Health will contact the referees of all short-listed applicants.
  • Cover letter outlining your application, including:
    • why do you want to work in the NT
    • any rural/remote experiences you have had
    • links to the NT (eg. family or, friends)
    • commitment to the NT
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Email your cover letter and CV to:

Please include the following in the email subject line: Medical officer EOI application (your name).

Last updated: 22 June 2022

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