Recruitment

Job opportunities are available throughout the Northern Territory (NT) for enrolled:

  • registered nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • registered midwives.

Applications are made through the NT Government Employment Opportunities Online website.

Search for available jobs with the keyword 'nurse'. If you have a preferred location, you can add it to the location field.

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Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration

All applicants must hold current Australian registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board.

For more information, go to the Nursing and Midwifery Board website.

Immunisations

NT Health is committed to ensuring that all health care workers are protected from vaccine preventable diseases.

You must provide immunisation records before starting work.

Criminal history check and working with children

If you're offered employment you will need to submit a national criminal history record check and a working with children clearance (WWC) also called an Ochre Card, at your own expense.

National police check (NPC) issued by third party providers (such as Fit2Work, Healthoutcomes Australia and National Crim Check) are not accepted.

To apply for a WWC and NPC, go to the Safe NT Online services website.

International applications

All health professionals wishing to practice in Australia must hold Australian registration, have appropriate levels of education, skill and experience.

For more information about registration, go to the Nursing and Midwifery Board website.

You must also have the appropriate visa to work in Australia.

For more information about working visas, go to the Australian Governments Immigration and citizenship website.

Salary

To find out more about career structure, salary (rates of pay) and remuneration packages go to the Northern Territory Government's Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment website.

View the NT Health service location map PDF (783.4 KB).

About the Central Australia region

The Central Australia region covers the largest geographic area of all the regions in the NT, spanning some 550,000 square kilometres and stretching to the Western Australian, South Australian and Queensland borders. The region is home to approximately 40,000 people, 42% of whom identify as Aboriginal. Alice Springs, located on Arrernte Country, is the major township and home to approximately 27,000 people. The balance of the population in the Central Australia region reside across 16 town camps, 27 remote communities, over 200 outstations, and on cattle stations and mining operations.

The region has a semi-arid climate, offering hot sunny days most of the year, with winter nights able to drop below freezing, and the possibility of witnessing spectacular spring storms. You won’t be able to resist the impulse to explore spectacular ranges, gorges, swimming holes and ancient desert landscapes under endless blue skies.

For more information about exploring the Central Australian region, go to the Northern Territory website.

About the Barkly region

The Barkly region stretches over more than 320,000 square kilometres, reaching from Barrow Creek in the south, to Newcastle Waters in the North, and east across to the Queensland border. This vast desert landscape has a population of only 8,000 people, over 70% of whom identify as Aboriginal and representing more than 15 language groups. Three thousand five hundred people reside in the main township of Tennant Creek on Waramungu Country, located 500km north of Alice Springs and 1,000km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway, with the rest of the population distributed across the town of Elliott, 13 remote communities, 74 outstations, pastoral stations, and mining operations.

Though the region is considered semi-arid with 4 seasons, the Barkly region sits above the Tropic of Capricorn and often experiences sub-tropical weather similar to the Top End - days are hot and sunny, while winter nights remain mild, and spring can bring spectacular thunderstorms and cool evenings. The awe-inspiring desert landscapes, rock formations and endless blue skies will tempt you into the great outdoors.

Read more information about exploring the Barkly region on the Northern Territory website.

About the Big Rivers region

The Big Rivers Region is the 3rd largest region in the NT, covering some 350,000 square kilometres. It stretches west to the border with Western Australia, south to Elliott, east to Numbulwar and north to Hayes Creek. There are 18,600 people residing in the region, and the population is highly diverse with 56.7% of residents identifying as First Nation people, contributing to a culturally expressive community. The main township is Katherine, with a population of approximately 9,700 residents, marking the point where the traditional lands of the Jawoyn, Dagoman and Wardaman people converge, and the remainder of the population live across more than 20 remote communities, 100 outstations, cattle stations, and mining sites in the region.

The region is predominantly tropical with heavy monsoonal downpours and spectacular lightning displays in the wet season, and the clear skies, and perfect temperatures the dry is famous for, tempting you out to explore spectacular surrounds, including national parks, gorges and swimming holes.

Read more information about exploring the Big Rivers region on the Northern Territory website.

About the East Arnhem region

The East Arnhem region covers the north-east corner of the NT, incorporating Groote Eylandt and Elcho Island. There are 14,500 people residing across the East Arnhem region with over 70% of residents identifying as First Nation people. The main township of Nhulunbuy is located on the Gove Peninsula with a population of approximately 3,240 people, and the rest of the population is spread across 10 remote communities and over 70 outstations.

The Yolŋu people are the traditional owners of the East Arnhem Region. Yolŋu Matha is the main language spoken, and with more than a dozen different dialects is representative of the linguistic diversity of the region generally. The East Arnhem region experiences a tropical climate, stretching from the heavy monsoonal downpours and spectacular lightning displays (as well as increased cyclone activity) of the wet season, to the clear skies, mild sea breezes and perfect temperatures of the dry, tempting you out to explore breathtaking rugged coastlines, extensive white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and awe-inspiring rock formations.

Read more information about exploring the East Arnhem region on the Northern Territory website.

About the Top End region

The Top End region covers the north-west of the NT, and includes the Greater Darwin, Daly, Tiwi and West Arnhem areas, stretching from the remote communities of Wadeye in the west to Maningrida in the east. Of the approximately 166,000 people living in the region, 148,000 reside in the highly multicultural Greater Darwin area - 12% identify as Aboriginal, and 25% were born overseas. Across the rest of the Top End region Aboriginal people represent 75% of the population, which is distributed across 6 townships, 17 remote communities, 4 town camps and 138 outstations.

The Top End experiences a tropical climate, stretching from the heavy monsoonal downpours and spectacular lightning displays (as well as increased cyclone activity) of the wet season, to the clear skies, mild sea breezes and perfect temperatures of the dry tempting you out to explore spectacular parks, coastlines, waterways, waterfalls and water holes.

Read more information about exploring the Darwin and surrounds on the Northern Territory website.

The Northern Territory (NT) covers a vast land area and is home to only 1% of the total Australian population, with Aboriginal people representing about a third of all Territorians. The median age of our population is 34 years (compared to 38 years nationally), and over 43% of the NT population live in remote or very remote areas (compared to 22% nationally). Seventy per cent of people who live remotely are Aboriginal and reside in one of 600 communities or remote outstations, and language and culture are diverse with over 200 languages spoken.

Midwives in the NT cared for approximately 3,400 women and pregnant people on their pregnancy journey in 2021. Birthing services in the NT are provided in 4 geographical locations (Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, and Nhulunbuy). Antenatal, postnatal, and the occasional surprise intrapartum care is delivered right across the NT and can range from urban hospital-based clinics, to outreach clinic care - to the unmatched opportunity to live and work with mothers and babies in a remote community. When was the last time you took a light aircraft or 4WD to get to your clients?

Opportunities to advance your midwifery career abound and the lifestyle benefits across the NT are countless - come and join us for a unique adventure!

If you have any questions about working as a midwife in the NT or would like more information about working in a specific region, email us at nursingmidwifery.doh@nt.gov.au or call 1800 000 648 - we would love to hear from you.

Read about the hospital services in regional hospitals below.

Central Australia

The Central Australia region is serviced by the 183-bed Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) and health care encompasses acute care services, primary and public health care, and mental health and alcohol and other drugs. ASH provides emergency services, surgical and medical care, paediatrics and obstetrics.

Alice Springs and the Central Australia region are also serviced by 29 health clinics (some managed by Aboriginal community controlled health organisations including the Central Australia Aboriginal Congress, and others by NT Health).

The ASH maternity team assists approximately 800 women per year in their birthing journey, and care is offered across several models to address the variable needs of the population:

  • public hospital maternity care
    • antenatal care provided by midwives and/or doctors
    • intrapartum care provided by midwives with obstetric support as required
    • postnatal care provided by midwives and/or doctors both at ASH and in the community
  • midwives outback
    • provide care coordination for women living in remote communities
    • monthly travel to remote communities to provide antenatal/postnatal clinics
    • provide antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care for remote women when they travel in to Alice Springs
  • midwifery group practice
    • antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care provided by a publicly funded team midwifery or caseload model
    • collaboration with doctors in the event of identified risk factors
    • care can be provided in the hospital or home
  • privately practicing midwives
    • NT Health is currently working on policy, guidelines and a credentialing process to support endorsed midwives to practice across the NT
    • this includes establishing processes for private practicing midwives working for Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

Barkly

The Barkly region is serviced by Tennant Creek Hospital, a 20-bed hospital (6 paediatric and 14 adult) with a 7-bed emergency department, a 17-chair renal dialysis unit, and an ambulatory care unit which hosts outpatient services, the GP clinic and visiting specialists. Tennant Creek and the Barkly region communities are also serviced by remote health clinics, some run by NT Health, and others by Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

Though there aren’t any planned birthing services in the Barkly region, antenatal and postnatal maternity care is provided and coordinated by midwives - 3 midwifery group practice midwives based at Tennant Creek Hospital and 2 providing remote outreach care to remote communities. The midwives work closely with the Alice Springs Hospital obstetric team, and women transfer out of region for intrapartum care (generally to Alice Springs or to Mount Isa in Queensland) - though there are 5 to 10 unplanned births per year in Tennant Creek.

Big Rivers

The Big Rivers region is serviced by Katherine Hospital, a 60-bed hospital with a mixed paediatric and adult Emergency Department which provides a broad range of medical, surgical, emergency, paediatric, and maternity services to the Big Rivers region population. The hospital is staffed with ruralist general practitioners who specialise in anaesthetics, obstetrics or are generalists. Staff specialists from Royal Darwin Hospital and visiting specialists provide a range of services including ophthalmology, cardiology and gynaecological services. The region also encompasses urban and remote primary and public health care, and mental health.

The Katherine township and the surrounding communities are also serviced by one private general practice, a small number of NT Health-run remote clinics, and 3 Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) - Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service, Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, and Katherine West Health Board. The majority of health centres in the Big Rivers region are governed by the ACCHO sector.

The Katherine Hospital maternity unit is a small, low to medium risk, woman-centred service that shares the birth journey with approximately 240 women per year. Maternity care is provided through a shared GP-obs/midwifery model, and the service is linked very closely with ACCHO partners in case coordination and collaboration, ensuring the best outcomes for our First Nation people. Midwifery care at Katherine Hospital encompasses antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care and enables midwives to work to their full scope of practice. The unit promotes a culturally safe environment in which to work with and learn from a culturally diverse population.

East Arnhem

The East Arnhem region is serviced by Gove District Hospital, a 30-bed hospital which provides a broad range of medical, surgical, emergency, paediatric, respite and maternity services to the East Arnhem region population. The hospital is staffed with ruralist general practitioners who specialise in anaesthetics, obstetrics or are generalists. Staff specialists from Royal Darwin Hospital and visiting specialists provide a range of services including ophthalmology, cardiology and gynaecological services. It has a 5-bed Emergency Department seeing approximately 30 patients a day.

Nhulunbuy and surrounding communities are also serviced by one private general practice and 3 Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) - Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, and Marthakal Homelands Health Service. There are 10 remote health centres in the East Arnhem region with over 70 outstations. The majority of health centres in the East Arnhem region are governed by the ACCHO sector with support from retrieval and government services as required.

Maternity services at Gove District Hospital offer a dynamic and friendly workplace that provides collaborative GP-obs/midwifery woman-centred care to women from across the East Arnhem region. The maternity unit is a small, low to medium risk service that shares the birth journey with approximately 150 women per year. The service works in partnership with ACCHOs across the region to provide care that is both clinically and culturally safe. The small nature of the unit allows the midwives to truly connect with women and their families and share in the cultural journey that is pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

Top End

The Top End region is the largest healthcare provider in the Territory and encompasses acute care services, including Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospital (RDPH), primary and population health care, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, oral health, hearing health and cancer screening.

Royal Darwin Hospital sits on Larrakia Country and is the main tertiary teaching hospital (a level 6 tertiary referral hospital), with 360 beds. Palmerston Regional Hospital consists of 116 beds and offers a 24/7 Emergency Department, day surgery and extensive rehabilitation and outpatient services. There are 23 primary health clinics within the Top End region, with 8 clinics managed by Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) and 15 managed by NT Health.

We assisted families in the Top End region in their journey to birth approximately 2,300 babies in Darwin in 2021, and we have a number of different maternity models of care in recognition of the multicultural population and the varying needs of our clients:

  • public hospital maternity care
    • antenatal care provided by midwives and/or doctors in onsite or outreach clinics
    • intrapartum care provided by midwives in collaboration with obstetric support as required
    • postnatal care provided by midwives and/or doctors in onsite or outreach clinics and in the community
  • midwifery group practice (MGP)
    • antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care provided by a publicly funded team midwifery or caseload model
    • collaboration with doctors in the event of identified risk factors
    • care can be provided in the hospital, community, home or birth centre
    • MGP teams in Darwin provide targeted care for:
      • remote Aboriginal women travelling in to Darwin for acute or birthing care
      • clients with complex medical or psychosocial needs
      • clients planning a homebirth
  • privately practicing midwives
    • NT Health is currently working on policy, guidelines and a credentialing process to support endorsed midwives to practice across the NT
    • this includes establishing processes for private practicing midwives working for ACCHOs
  • remote outreach midwives
    • provide support to remote community-based midwives
    • provide case management for pregnant clients when the remote community does not have a community-based midwife
  • GP shared care
    • antenatal and postnatal care provided by client’s GP
    • intrapartum care provided by public hospital maternity care team
  • private obstetric care
    • Darwin Private Hospital.

Full-time positions are available for Registered Dialysis Nurses with a minimum of two years recent dialysis experience at:

  • Alice Springs Hospital
  • Tennant Creek renal services

A relocation allowance is provided to successful applicants.

Nurses with postgraduate qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Other employment is available across a network of locations in both government and non-government services in Central Australia, the Top End and the cross-border regions of South Australia and Western Australia.

For more information about Kidney and Dialysis services in the NT, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Contact

For further information and to express your interest contact:

Registered mental health nurses are currently sought by the NT Health's Mental Health Services.

Six to 12 month contracts and permanent positions are open in community and inpatient settings. Subsidised short-term accommodation and a relocation allowance may also be available.

Sponsorship for international nurses and midwives is not available.

Frontline nursing and midwifery positions in primary health care are currently available in NT Health.

For locations of remote health services in the NT, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

The Primary Health Care Branch provides health care services in:

  • remote primary health care clinics
  • outreach teams
  • urban community care centres
  • schools
  • police watch houses
  • correctional centres.

Frontline roles provide direct nursing and midwifery care including:

  • clinical assessment and management
  • case management
  • care coordination
  • primary health care programs (child health, women's health, chronic disease)
  • urban and remote community visits
  • after-hours emergency response.

Contact

Top End

phcrecruitment.doh@nt.gov.au
Phone: 08 8922 7183

Central Australia

recruitment.carhs@nt.gov.au
Phone: 08 8951 7586

NT Health is committed to the major program of expanding the numbers of nurse practitioners (NP) and increasing the range of clinical environments in which they practice.

Nurse practitioner role and function

NPs possess the legal authority to practice both independently and autonomously at a level of practice that is beyond that of a registered nurse.

A NP has the ability to assess and diagnose health problems, order and interpret diagnostic investigations, formulate and assess response to treatment plans, prescribe medicines and refer to other health professionals within their individual areas of competence.

Nurse practitioner candidates

In recognition of the significant investment and our commitment to ‘grow our own’ NT Health established a Nurse Practitioner Candidate Program.

NP candidate appointment is provided as an option against most NT Health NP recruitment actions with candidate applicants considered where there are no endorsed NP applicants.

Credentialing

To ensure and maintain safe, quality care NPs within NT Health are subject to departmental credentialing.

The NP Credentialing Sub-committee is a function of the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer.

For all enquiries, email nursing and midwifery in the Northern Territory at NursingMidwifery.doh@nt.gov.au or by calling 1800 000 648.


Last updated: 05 October 2022

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