Teaching hospitals

Tennant Creek Hospital

Tennant Creek Hospital is a 20-bed acute care hospital that offers challenging remote work for medical practitioners. 

The Emergency Department sees 14,000 patients per annum, and a brand new facility will open in 2012.

There is a general ward and a paediatric ward and a nurse-run renal dialysis unit.

There are visiting clinics in various specialities and eye theatre monthly. The hospital also runs telehealth consultations. 

Maternity care, excepting delivery, is provided to the community by hospital midwives. Patients requiring advanced care or imaging are generally transferred by road or by air to Alice Springs Hospital.

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek township is located 510 km north of Alice Springs, 1000km south of Darwin, and 700 km west of Mt Isa in Queensland. The Barkly region that is serviced by the town and the hospital covers about 300,000 sq km. Industry includes pastoral stations, tourism and mining. 

There are 3200 people in Tennant Creek and about 7500 in the Barkly. The town is 70% indigenous, representing 12 language groups. The hospital works together with the Royal Flying Doctor and the Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal corporation to secure primary health care for the population.


Medical officers are recruited from PGY5 onwards. The work at Tennant Creek Hospital can be challenging but this makes it rewarding. Many doctors would say that we practice 'real medicine' at Tennant Creek. 

Applicants must have at least 6 months rural or remote ED experience, at least 3 months post graduate paediatrics, and at least one advanced life support course in the previous 3 years. Doctors who do not meet these criteria need not apply. GP experience is most helpful as is previous exposure to indigenous health issues and patients.

The hospital is accredited for ACCRM Primary Rural and Remote Training, the RACP Renal Stream, and RACGP. RVTS supervision can be delivered locally, and the hospital has modern videoconferencing facilities to allow networked medical education delivered by the Department of Health, Flinders University, and other providers. 

The hospital is enthusiastic about the Rural Generalist program and expects to be accredited to deliver basic remote experience as well as the Emergency Medicine certificate and diploma from 2013. Registrars under the Rural Generalist program will be able to start at Tennant Creek in PGY 4.


Accommodation is available on campus but pets cannot be accepted, and in general the hospital struggles to house families. A pool vehicle is available for short trips.


Email the Director of Medical Services Dr Samuel Goodwin at Samuel.Goodwin@nt.gov.au.

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Last updated: 24 June 2020

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