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Working in healthcare

NT Health is focused on achieving the best health and wellbeing for all Territorians.

The Territory presents unparalleled career opportunities and challenges for nursing, medical and support staff. Healthcare in the Territory promises career progression and training in specialist areas such as emergency, theatre, and medicine.

The department consists of three entities which collectively make up Northern Territory Health (NT Health):

  • Department of Health (DoH)
  • Top End Health Service (TEHS)
  • Central Australia Health Service (CAHS)

NT Health places a strong focus on support and growth within their team. Combined with the diversity of presentations through both TEHS and CAHS, nursing in NT offers unique opportunities to rapidly develop skills and experience in areas such as trauma, chronic disease, tropical medicine, and Aboriginal and rural health.

Healthcare opportunities

NT Health is in search of hard-working, talented administrators.

These opportunities vary from entry-level officer positions through to senior management roles.

Administration roles within NT Health are well-suited to people with fantastic interpersonal skills and experience interacting with diverse cultures. To learn more about administration roles with the Northern Territory Government head to our administration page .

There’s a fulfilling career in Nursing and/or Midwifery waiting for you in The Territory.

The skills and experience you will gain with NT Health are as diverse as the Territory itself and limited only by your ambition. We are committed to supporting our team to achieve their full potential and gain development in areas including but not limited to:

  • Trauma
  • Chronic Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Tropical Medicine and
  • Aboriginal and Remote Health

To be considered for a full time, part time or casual Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife opportunity within NT Health we welcome applications through our expression of interest. Once you have applied, your application will be assessed as suitable opportunities matching your skills and experience arise. The relevant recruitment team will be in touch to discuss your applications’ progress.

For more information, visit NT Health's Nursing and Midwifery career page.

Medical Officers in the Northern Territory can engage with the community and make a real difference, all while exploring The Territory and enjoying the dynamic and eclectic lifestyle on offer.

You can find out more about Medical Officer positions and recruitment with NT Health at

Recruitment is currently underway for employees to manage and support the Centre for National Resilience at the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility.

With a variety of roles available across fields including Allied Health, Nursing and Medical, this once-in-a-lifetime career development opportunity will allow you to make a real difference to the lives of Australians returning home, all while enjoying the Top End's relaxed lifestyle.

You can find out more and register your interest here.

Working conditions

All applicants for nursing and midwifery positions must hold current Australian registration.

Further information on registration can be found on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

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

Before starting work nurses and midwives must provide immunisation records. For more information see the Staff Immunisation Assessment Form.

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

For more information and to apply go to:

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

For information about Australian registration for overseas practitioners go to these websites:

For information about living and working in Australia go to the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration website.


For information about career structure, salary and remuneration packages go to the NT Government’s Office for the Commissioner for Public Employment (OCPE).

Hospitals in the Territory

Royal Darwin Hospital is a 360-bed teaching hospital affiliated with Flinders University in South Australia and Charles Darwin University in Darwin. The largest hospital in the Territory, Royal Darwin Hospital services an extensive area and is the primary location for trauma response and remote care.

Royal Darwin Hospital is home to the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. Established after the hospital’s assistance following the 2002 Bali bombings, the centre is responsible for critical emergency care and response to incidents both nationally and across our close neighbours in South East Asia.

Royal Darwin Hospital is also home to a variety of specialist services including the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre.

Palmerston Regional Hospital is a brand new 116-bed hospital specialising in rehabilitation and geriatric evaluation and management services as well as having a 24-hour emergency department, medical ward, day surgery, maternity, and outpatient clinics. The hospital is set to open in mid-2018.

The Katherine District Hospital is a non-specialist public hospital that services Katherine and the surrounding region and remote areas. A 60-bed facility, Katherine District Hospital offers a 24-hour emergency department, maternity ward, and general medical and surgical services.

Gove District Hospital in Nhulunbuy services the remote areas of East Arnhem region.

This 30-bed acute care facility provides medical, surgical, paediatric, respite and maternity services. Patients from 15 remote communities are referred to the hospital for inpatient, outpatient and specialist care.

A district medical officer also services the region giving medical advice and organising patients to be admitted to hospital or evacuated by air to Royal Darwin Hospital.