Top End Health Service specialities and rotations

RDH pathology positions in TEHS

The RDH Pathology Department offers tertiary level care to patients throughout the Northern Territory. We accept referrals from Katherine, East Arnhem, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

We are the NATA/RCPA accredited Category GY laboratory within the Northern Territory Government Pathology Service (NTGPS) that consists of laboratories located at hospitals in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Gove, and Tennant Creek.

Our service includes microbiology (bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, molecular microbiology, parasitology, and serology), anatomical pathology, haematology, chemical Pathology and blood transfusion.

A PC3 laboratory has recently been officially opened. Tests that cannot be performed on-site are referred to experts interstate. The tropical location combined with our patient population ensures medical staff will be exposed to a wide range of interesting and varied Pathology presentations.


The RDH Pathology Department occupies Building 13. It is a separate building linked to the main hospital by a Lamson pneumatic delivery system. Blood gas analysers managed by the Pathology Department are also found in ICU, ED and SCN.

Outpatient collection centre is located on the ground floor of the main hospital block.



There are currently consultant positions covering each discipline: Director of Pathology, Director Anatomical Pathology, Director Microbiology, Director Forensic Services.


We have anatomical Pathology trainees and microbiology trainee. The Colleges currently recognise up to two years of service as part of their training program.

Medical Laboratory Scientists

We have a Supervising Scientist for each discipline as well as a manager for our client services area. Each area has a manager for our client services area. Each discipline has a range of scientific and technical staff.

The director or a deputised alternative is available at all times through the hospital switchboard.

Haematology Registrar

The haematology position at RDH is unique. It is a combined clinical and laboratory training experience affording excellent exposure to a wide range of malignant and non-malignant haematological diseases. Additionally there is an active Territory wide transfusion service.

The Royal Darwin Hospital is a major trauma centre and the haematology department provides high-level transfusion medicine input into this integrated service.

Imported malaria is of major public health interest in the Top End due to our geographical location. Trainees have the opportunity to improve their malaria microscopy skills.

The trainee participates in consultant lead outreach haematology clinics to Alice Springs.


You can Dr Ferenc Szabo, Haematologist by emailing

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Last updated: 09 December 2016

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