The Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, Australia

Royal Darwin HospitalRoyal Darwin Hospital


Royal Darwin Hospital is the acute tertiary care facility for the tropical Top End of the Northern Territory. It serves a population of over 140,000 including greater Darwin, plus many scattered smaller indigenous communities across Arnhem Land and surrounding islands. The hospital is well-equipped and has around 300 medical beds catering for medical and surgical sub-specialties, paediatrics, obstetrics, intensive care and Emergency. It is affiliated with Flinders University Clinical School in Adelaide.


Hospital resident / registrar. Most hospital positions are accredited for Australian specialty college basic and advanced training.

Duties & Medical experience:

The job description is similar to other training hospital medical positions throughout Australia. However, Royal Darwin Hospital also offers the following opportunities:

  • Exposure to the unique medical and social issues of indigenous Australians, often from isolated rural communities, and who make up a significant proportion of the patient population
  • Exposure to tropical disease / infectious diseases unique to Northern Australia / South East Asia - e.g. melioidoses, Norwegian scabies, rheumatic heart disease, snake bites, trauma
  • Rural rotations - opportunities for rotations to Alice Springs, Gove, Katherine and Tennant Creek for residents.
  • Rural clinics - opportunities exist for senior registrars to undertake supervised medical/surgical clinics in rural communities, giving first hand experience of the difficulties of providing health-care in quite remote settings
  • Air retrieval service - anaesthetic / intensivist trainees have the opportunity of taking part in the Emergency Air retrieval service roster,
  • Research - the hospital has strong links with the Menzies School of Health Research which is a well funded body with research interests stretching the breadth of Indigenous health, infectious diseases and public health medicine.


Varies according to position. Based on Northern Territory HMO Award. Generally residents / registrars work one late night a week, and one weekend day every 3-4 weeks.


Need to have Northern Territory medical board registration.


The climate of Darwin is monsoonal tropical with well defined Wet and Dry Seasons. The Wet (October to March) is noted for its intense downpours and spectacular electrical storms, lush tropical vegetation and crocodile spotting obsession. Whilst the Dry is an excellent time to explore, hike and camp in the amazing landscapes of the surrounding National Parks - Litchfield, Katherine Gorge and Kakadu - which are only a day trip away. Darwin itself is lined by a beautiful coastline, and is characterized by a warm sense of community most obviously expressed by popular markets, and frequent cultural and sporting events. The Tiwi Islands are accessible by chartered plane, and frequent commercial flights to East Timor, Bali and the rest of South East Asia are available.


Hospital Contact:

Resident Medical Officer positions:
Dr Vino Sathianathan
Deputy Medical Superintendent
(08) 8922 8133

Registrar/HMO positions:
Division or Departmental Heads through the Switchboard
(08) 89228888.

My Contact Details:

Ashwin Swaminathan
RDH Medical Registrar 2004
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