Top End Health Service specialities and rotations

Obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics positions in TEHS


Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a busy clinical unit at the RDH and provides a large range of services to the diverse population of the Top End.

Approximately 2000 births per year take place at RDH, with several hundred occurring at regional hospitals in Katherine and Gove. High-risk pregnancies are common, with a higher proportion of women experiencing pre-term birth, gestational diabetes, renal disease and rheumatic heart disease than in other locations.

Gynaecological services include colposcopy, urodynamic and advanced laparoscopy with an active outreach program to communities across the Top End.

There is an active program of education, audit and research available to all junior doctors who join our unit. This includes teaching for medical students from the Flinders University Northern Territory Medical Program.

Opportunities for junior doctors

RMO (resident medical officer) positions are available through the annual RDH RMO intake. Priority is given to those who will provide service to the NT population as future GPs, GP obstetricians or specialist obstetrician and gynaecologists. Prospective RMOs are encouraged to consider formal Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) certification pathways, including the Certificate of Women’s Health.

Prospective GP obstetricians considering future work in the NT should contact the Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Training directly to discuss opportunities to undertake the Advanced Diploma. These positions are highly sought after and expressions of interest are recommended prior to job advertisements.

Accredited registrar (including senior registrar and rural rotations) and unaccredited (service) registrar positions are available for existing and future specialist trainees with an interest in the diversity and challenges of the Top End. These positions are highly sought after and expressions of interest are recommended prior to job advertisements.

EOIs should be sent to the Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Training hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au with a CV and three referees.

Career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

College

Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) College website

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
  • General medical registration with AHPRA
  • Acceptance into Accredited Training position at a hospital accredited by RANZCOG

Duration

  • Six years

Exams/Assessments

Exam:

  • Written and oral during ITP training

Other Assessments:

  • Logbook, eLearning, ITAs, DOPS, research project, workshops (Foundations of Surgery, Basic obstetric skills, neonatal resuscitation, communication skills, fetal surveillance), ultrasound training
  • Learning Plan (Advanced Training)

TEHS Accredited Training

RDPH/TEHS is accredited to provide:

  • Core training –  6mths rural term for candidates on the SANT/other jurisdictions training   pathways.
  • Advanced training – senior registrar training available on a case by case basis

Unaccredited positions

TEHS offers unaccredited positions including DRANZCOG Advanced.

The following unaccredited training positions are available for those undertaking certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, GP trainees who need three to six months for their training requirements, or anyone who just wants a little more Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

  • Certificate of Women’s Health,
  • Diploma RANZCOG and
  • Advanced Diploma RANZCOG.

For further information on resident or registrar positions you can contact Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Training by emailing hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au

Paediatrics and Child Health

The Department of Paediatrics at Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospital (RDPH) is responsible for three wards: a general paediatric ward, an isolation ward, and special care nursery plus NICU with ventilated cots, and a neonatal retrieval service. It is a friendly, busy department, staffed with both full-time and part-time paediatricians, community paediatrician, local visiting specialists, visiting Interstate sub-specialists, registrars and residents.

The department has hospital positions accredited for rural training and core training in general paediatrics and positions accredited for developmental/community training by the SAC  for general paediatrics. All registrars applying for a hospital position must have completed a minimum of six months of neonatal training in a tertiary referral centre, and should ideally be an advanced trainee.

Clinical paediatric practice in Darwin is significantly different from other teaching hospitals in Australia, and the majority of our work is with indigenous children and their families. The spectrum of disease includes: severe gastroenteritis and other infectious diseases, chronic respiratory and middle ear diseases, malnutrition, very low birth weight infants, post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis and acute rheumatic fever.

In addition to acute and ambulatory medical services, the department provides outreach paediatric services to more than 40 remote Aboriginal communities in the Top End, and registrars are rostered to accompany consultants on these visits. We have an active teaching program for residents and registrars, including weekly Journal Club, Grand Rounds, radiology meeting, infectious diseases meeting as well as the opportunity to attend the lecture series at the Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR), which is on site. We enjoy a close relationship with MSHR and there are numerous research opportunities in Indigenous Child Health, as well as increasing potential to become involved in International Child Health.

We are part of the Northern Territory Clinical School which provides teaching for medical students from Flinders University and James Cook University.

You can contact the Director of Paediatric Training by emailing hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au.

Career in Paediatrics and Child Health

College

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) College website

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
  • General medical registration with AHPRA
  • an appointment to an appropriate training position at an accredited training site
  • discussed your application and received approval to apply for Basic Training from the hospital or network Director of Paediatric Education (DPE)

Basic Training positions are generally to be undertaken at RACP-accredited training sites.

Once you have secured a training position, you must prospectively apply for approval as per the Progression Through Training Policy.

Approval of training periods will be determined by the overseeing committee. To be approved, your individual training program must be consistent with the training requirements and appropriate for that stage in training.

Upon completion of each rotation or calendar year of training, the overseeing committee considers your progress according to the program requirements. If all requirements of training have been satisfactorily completed, the overseeing committee certifies the period of training.

Duration

Basic Training in Pediatrics and Child Health is the start of the minimum six-year training program to become a Paediatrician.

At the end of your Basic Training in Pediatrics and Child Health, you’ll have completed 36 months of certified training time consisting of work-based learning and assessment tools.

The Physician Ready for Expert Practice (PREP) teaching and learning activities are designed to support you in your reflective practice and self-directed learning. A variety of teaching and learning activities and assessments are used, catering to a range of learning needs, styles and situations that may arise in your workplace training.

TEHS Accredited Training

TEHS is accredited as a Paediatric Secondment Hospital to provide Level two or three requirements. The Townsville Hospital is the parent hospital.  A maximum of 12 months may be undertaken at RDPH.

For further information on resident or registrar positions you can contact the Director of Paediatric Training by emailing hospitaldoctors.THS@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 24 December 2020

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