Training and education for health professionals

NT medical school

The Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) is an exciting collaboration between the Northern Territory Government and Flinders University's School of Medicine.

The program is based at Charles Darwin University and the Royal Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine Hospitals, with outreach to general practices and community clinics across the Northern Territory (NT).

There are a number of ways to get into the NTMP. The program also provides training for Flinders University and James Cook University medical students, with placements for allied health and interstate medical students.

For more information about the NTMP go to the Flinders University website.

Graduate entry 

The four-year graduate entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) is delivered by Flinders University through the NTMP.

Twelve graduate-entry places for domestic students are available each year and graduates from any undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply, however places are sponsored by the NT Government and preference is given to NT residents. 

Students taking up these places will be required to work in the NT through a Return of Service Obligation (RoSO) for four years following graduation, this includes their intern year.

Indigenous entry stream

The NTMP offers Indigenous graduates who live in the NT the opportunity to undertake the study of medicine closer to home, through the Indigenous Entry Stream (IES).

Through the IES Indigenous graduates may apply directly to Flinders University rather than through GEMSAS (Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System) and applications to the IES do not require GAMSAT results.

Undergraduate entry

The NTMP offers a double degree in Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine (MD). 

Students can complete this double degree in six years straight from high school. 

Applicants must complete the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) and apply directly through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

James Cook University medical students

James Cook University (JCU) medical students in the fifth and sixth years of their six-year undergraduate course can apply for the NTMP.

The first four years of this degree are based in Townsville and the focus of study is mainly on basic sciences.

In years five and six approximately 10 JCU students join the NTMP for their clinical training, rotating through placements at Royal Darwin Hospital and general practices in the community.

For more information go to the James Cook University website.

NT Remote Clinical School

The Northern Territory Remote Clinical School (NTRCS) is an exciting component of the NTMP that allows students to spend six months or more in a rural location.

NTRCS campuses are in Katherine, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy, where students are exposed to a unique learning environment that adds to their broader clinical experience.

The curriculum at each campus has been designed to provide high quality learning opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete their training. 

Allied Health student training

There are currently three allied health professions incorporated into the NTMP: 

  • speech pathology
  • audiology 
  • nutrition and dietetics.

Nutrition and dietetics students from the Northern Territory can study the first and second year of the Flinders University course through cross-institutional studies at Charles Darwin University.

Students undertaking placements in any of the four centres of Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy are supported by our academic and administrative staff. 

Elective placements

NTMP elective placements are primarily offered to students from Australian universities. 

Placements are offered for a minimum period of four weeks and are available at Darwin and Alice Springs Hospitals, as well as in remote communities.

Objectives

The primary goal of the NT Medical Program is to improve the quality of health care in the NT through education and research, with specific emphasis on remote and Indigenous communities.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • provide high quality medical teaching and training to medical students to prepare them for future medical practice in rural and remote areas of Australia, particularly the NT
  • provide high quality pre and postgraduate support to allied health students to prepare them for future practice in rural and remote areas of Australia, particularly the NT
  • contribute to the evolution of clinical and allied health education through innovative curriculum development and identification of contextual learning opportunities in the NT
  • undertake education and research activity that will contribute to improved health outcomes and quality of life for Territorians
  • enhance the workforce stability, capacity and diversity of the NT in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings
  • promote rural and remote medical and allied health practice as positive and rewarding career options for all students of the program
  • maintain an organisation that reflects best practice and excellence in administration, people management and operational efficiency.

How to apply

All entry streams to the Northern Territory Medical Program must apply through Flinders University.

For details on how to apply go to the Flinders University School of Medicine website

Contact 

Email the NTMP at medadmissions@flinders.edu.au or phone (08) 8946 7488.

Yellow Building 4
Charles Darwin University NT 0909
Fax: (08) 8946 7599

Mail

CDU
PO Box U362
Charles Darwin University
Casuarina NT 0815

Royal Darwin Hospital
PO Box 41326
Casuarina NT 0811

Alice Springs

Centre for Remote Health Building
Cnr Simpson and Skinner St
Alice Springs NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8951 7982
Fax: (08) 8951 7556

Mail

PO Box 4066
Alice Springs
NT 0871

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Last updated: 21 December 2016