Working in the NT

Are you looking for employment in primary health care in the Northern Territory?

Northern Territory PHN's (NT PHN) NT Health Workforce branch provides recruitment, retention and support services to health professionals and organisations across the Northern Territory of Australia.

We provide a personalised recruitment service that makes recruiting health professionals easier, whether you are looking for a job or a new employee. We are funded to ensure that health professionals are well supported in rural and remote settings.

Working in the Northern Territory will present you with a variety of exciting new experiences, both professional and recreational. There are opportunities to work in unique settings amongst different cultures which are both challenging and rewarding. The NT offers the chance to enhance your career by developing your skills in chronic disease, tropical medicine and Aboriginal and rural health.

Location

NT PHN has a variety of GP vacancies that suit individual and family lifestyles. Positions are available in practices in the tropical city of Darwin and the rural towns of Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Tennant Creek as well as Aboriginal Health services which are usually located in remote communities across the outback.

The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful and range from coastal sunsets to stretches of desert. The Northern Territory also offers plenty of activities to keep the family entertained, including camping under the stars, swimming in natural waterfalls, bushwalking and fishing.

The Work

Practising medicine in the Northern Territory is varied, interesting and challenging, requiring adaptive and innovative work practices and a multidisciplinary team-based approach.

This work brings great reward and there are opportunities to really make a difference. In rural areas the arrival of a new doctor can make a noticeable impact on the health of the community.

Climate

Darwin
Darwin, in the far north, is in the monsoon belt, where there are just two seasons; hot and wet (when floods can occur) and hot and dry. The climate of Darwin is mainly tropical, with the dry months ranging from May to September and the wet months usually from December to March. Temperatures range from 25-33°C (77-91F) in the Wet season and 20-30°C (69-88F) in the Dry season. The average rainfall 321mm (13 inches) in the Wet season and 2mm in the Dry season.

Alice Springs and Uluru - The Red Centre
The Red Centre is mainly dry all year round, with summer temperatures ranging from 20-35°C and from 6-20°C in winter.

Katherine
Mainly tropical much like Darwin, the Katherine climate sees dry months from May to September and wet months from December to March. Temperatures range from 25-33°C (77-91F) in the Wet season and 20-30°C (69-88F) in the Dry season. The average rainfall is 321mm (13 inches) in the Wet season and 2mm in the Dry season.

Arnhem Land and Gove Peninsula
Much like the Darwin and Katherine regions, Arnhem Land and the Gove Peninsula experience mainly tropical conditions; with dry months from May to September and wet months from December to March. Temperatures range from 25-33°C (77-91F) in the Wet season and 20-30°C (69-88F) in the Dry season. The average rainfall is 321mm (13 inches) in the Wet season and 2mm in the Dry season.

For more information on the Territory's climate, visit the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology »

Northern Territory PHN acknowledges the traditional owners of the country on which we work and live and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to elders both past and present.