Top End Health Service specialities and rotations
Emergency medicine positions in TEHS
- For general employment conditions, go to the Medical officers employment conditions page.
- Go to the Specialist jobs page to apply for positions.
The Emergency Department at the RDPH sees about 70,000 patients a year of which about 25% are children. The case mix is unlike other tertiary EDs in that the patients are younger and the levels of trauma and severe sepsis are amongst the highest in Australia. Indigenous Australians account for 30% of attendance and 50% of admissions. The emergency department staff are supported by a psychiatry team, social worker, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, indigenous liaison officer, security staff and hospital police constable.
RMOs, interns and medical students are supervised by registrars and consultants. Staffing of the department consists of consultants, registrars, residents, interns and medical students.
The roster is 40 hours per week in 10 hour shifts so there is plenty of time to visit the sights in and around Darwin on your three days off per week. When in the ED there is a 24 hour registrar presence. Consultant staff aim to provide a supportive, enthusiastic, educational and safe working environment. They are available 24 hours a day with extensive "on the floor" presence.
For general information about positions contact:
Formal teaching opportunities include:
- Weekly RDPH Hospital Grand Rounds
- Weekly RDPH ED Resident teaching (Rostered)
- Exam focused training program
- Wellness program
- Weekly simulation training
Emergency Medicine Certificate positions
Emergency Medicine Diploma and Advanced Diploma positions
Prevocational Doctor placements
- Intern – 7 positions (avg 10 week rotations)
- RMO – 17 positions (avg 13 week rotations)
Provisional Training (12 months total)
Advanced Training (48 months total)
Candidates are only allowed 3 attempts at each part of the exam (written and clinical).
TEHS Accredited Training
You can complete your entire specialist training in emergency medicine in Darwin although we recommend you train in multiple sites.
Other courses of study available
Emergency Medicine Certificate (EMC) PGY2+
Emergency Medicine Diploma (pre req - EMC or equivalent)
Emergency Medicine Advanced Diploma (pre req - EMD or equivalent)
RDPH ED is maximally ACEM accredited for specialist training as a Major Referral Hospital (24 months adult emergency medicine training and the paediatric log book). There are well established rotations to intensive care, anaesthetics, medicine and retrieval. Other rotations (e.g. paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, surgery, psychiatry, orthopaedics) can be arranged on an individual basis.
Registrars are rostered four hours of protected teaching time each week. There are separate teaching programs focusing on primary and fellowship exam preparation. Weekly simulation training is incorporated into the teaching program. The program is supported by three Co-Directors Emergency Medicine Trainees, a wellness program, a mentoring program and a gender equal consultant workforce.
National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) is located in Darwin. The NCCTRC conducts the following courses:
- Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST),
- Advanced Life Support (ALS),
- Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS),
- Australian Trauma Team Training (ATTT) and
- Major Incident Medical Management Support (MIMMS).
Hospital resident rotations through the ED are for three to six months at a time and can be arranged through hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au
For RMOs who want more emergency medicine experience (6 to 12 months) or want to enrol in the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Certificate (six to nine months) or Diploma (six to 18 months) applications can be made through TEHSEMDocJobs.DoH@nt.gov.au
Residents in Emergency Medicine rotate through our majors, resuscitation, fast track, paediatric and extended emergency care areas.
RMOs will also rotate through the Palmerston ED which opened in August 2018. RMOs are rostered three hours of protected teaching time each week incorporating practical workshops, invited speakers and high fidelity simulation training.
There is additional training for ACEM Certificate and Diploma candidates.
Last updated: 22 December 2021
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