Find out what opportunities are available in the NT for health students 


Charles Darwin University

Apply your passion for tackling real-world challenges in public health, nursing, exercise and sport, psychology or social work, and focus on research and practice in the areas of Indigenous, tropical, local and global health at Charles Darwin University.

Flinders University NT

Flinders NT runs a medical program and provides student placement and workforce support through the Remote and Rural Interprofessional Placement Learning NT. It also co-manages[AA1] the Centre for Remote Health and manages other initiatives including the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in Alice Springs.

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

The Batchelor Institute sits uniquely in the Australian educational landscape as the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dual-sector tertiary education provider.

Online study

There are other ways to complete university study, including online university courses. You can find a range of flexible options on Open Universities Australia.

University Rural Health Clubs

Rural health clubs have a multi-disciplinary focus. They run activities to help their student members learn more about rural health. The rural health clubs in the NT are:

Students Association for Rural and Remote Health

Central Australian Remote and Aboriginal Health Club

You can find out about clubs in other states on the National Rural Health Student Network website.


High School to Health Careers Program

What's the program?

The High School to Health Careers Program gives students an opportunity to:

  • learn about the diverse range of health professions in NT
  • participate in the Flinders Remote Health Experience, a three-day cultural immersion experience with 80 other health students
  • visit high schools in the Top End and deliver hands-on workshops that promote health careers to school students
  • visit medical clinics and learn from health professionals and their experience
  • gain an understanding of what barriers people can face in remote areas around going to university or doing further studies

What does the program aim to do?

The program aims to:

  • provide positive examples to high school students in remote areas on overcoming barriers to pursue a career in health
  • emphasise the multidisciplinary aspect of health careers
  • encourage school students in remote areas to stay at school and attain the best possible education
  • promote healthy lifestyles and healthy choices to school students.

How to apply

Applications for next year’s High School to Health program will open in March 2022.

John Flynn Placement Program

Following the 2021 Federal Budget announcement, the John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) will cease with funding being redirected to expanding rural training opportunities for junior doctors.

  • As a result of the 2021 Budget announcement, there will be no further intake for the JFPP.
  • This means the 2021 application round scheduled for 17 May 2021 – 26 May 2021 will not proceed.
  • The Department of Health and the Rural Workforce Agency Network (RWAN) will work together to ensure a smooth transition to program closure, with final JFPP placements occurring this year.
  • Rural clinical training opportunities for medical students are available through universities participating in the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

What this means for current JFPP scholars

We will work with the current JFPP Scholars until the program ceases on 31 December 2021. All scheduled and intended placements that are due to take place up to 31 December 2021 will be progressed.

We are awaiting further information from the Department of Health to understand the next steps for JFPP Scholars at different stages on their JFPP journey. Further information will be provided as it is received.

We will be in direct contact with all Scholars, Mentors, Hosts and Community Contacts with more information from Monday 24 May 2021. While we understand you may have questions, we will be better placed to respond after Monday 24 May 2021.


Clinical placements in the NT

Flinders University supports clinical placements in rural and remote locations in the NT for health science students from universities across Australia.

Placement experiences are challenging and rewarding and can vary between remote clinics and practices to large tertiary hospitals, isolated desert communities or multi-cultural centres of Darwin and Alice Springs. Placement is a great opportunity to learn and get involved in local communities and make a positive difference to the health of our population.

Learn more about how to organise a placement in the NT on the Flinders University website.