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Nursing in the Northern Territory

Nursing in the Northern Territory
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Darwin is the northern-most city in Australia, with a population of only 210,000, it offers a warm, relaxed lifestyle, and some of the most amazing scenery in the country is within a three-hour drive, including Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge. You can learn all about the history of Darwin, including its part in World War II and the impact of Cyclone Tracy, from its many museums and monuments, and if you love seafood, Darwin is definitely worth a visit!

Alice Springs is the second largest centre in the Northern Territory, with about 30,000 permanent residents and ten times that number of tourists visiting each year. It is known as ‘the heart of the red centre’ because it lies closest to the centre of Australia and is a good place to base yourself while you check out attractions like Kings Canyon and, of course, Uluru, the most visited site is the country.
If you are looking for work in a hospital, the Royal Darwin Hospital is the largest teaching hospital in the Northern Territory, with approximately 363 beds and more than 1700 staff, providing a full range of services in all speciality areas to the people of Darwin, as well as being a referral centre to the population in the top end of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and South-East Asia.

Royal Darwin Hospital is recognised as Australia's National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and won international recognition for its role in the retrieval, treatment and transfer of victims of the 2002 Bali bombings. It also treated victims evacuated following the second Bali bombings in October 2005 and treated victims evacuated from East Timor in 2006.

The Alice Springs Hospital is a 189-bed facility supporting an impressive 1.6 million square kilometre area. Not surprisingly, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is based in Alice Springs, providing aerial medical support over this vast area.

The Northern Territory offers some unique and life-changing nursing opportunities, both in the larger centres and in remote areas. From both Darwin and Alice Springs, you can rotate into one of over 50 remote, government-run health centres, which are supported by aerial retrieval services. Apart from the professional experience you will gain from remote area nursing, the benefits are numerous and include airfares, accommodation, six weeks annual leave, a special study leave program and ongoing professional development.


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