Evaluation of the University Departments of Rural Health Program and the Rural Clinical Schools Program

RCS Site Profile: Northern Territory Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail

Name and Address of main site

Northern Territory Rural Clinical School (NTRCS)
Centre for Remote Health
Cnr Simpson and Skinner St
Alice Springs NT 0870
(PO Box 4066, Alice Springs NT 0871)

Number and location of additonal sites (with office space and personnel)

2 additional sites. Katherine - O'Keefe House, Katherine District Hospital
Nhulunbuy - Miwatj Aboriginal Health, Nhulunbuy
Note: Director & Executive officer, plus administrative assistant are located in Darwin

Start date

2005 - first student intake January 2006

Total staffing numbers

11.16 FTE funded through NT RCS funding, excluding those funded through other sources.

Student numbers

Long term placements (6 months, as per parameter for NTRCS)

2006: 4

2007: 6

2008: 14

Capital works and facilities as at July 2008

NT Rural Clinical School Facilities: (note all sites have access to Health Libraries at local hospital as well as online access to Flinders library)

In Clinical teaching Practices (AMS and mainstream general practice) students have use of individual consulting room and small library of medical books, with limited access to dedicated teaching area (or none).


Student Housing

Staff Housing

IT & T


Student Study, Support and Administration


1 x 3 bedroom house1 x 3 bedroom houseVideoconference Facility
= dedicated lecture/meeting room
Conferencing unit
2 vehiclesPremises leased - includes student support facility

Student lounge room with access to IT facilities

Alice Springs

2 x 3 bedroom townhousesPremises leasedShared videoconference facility in lecture rooms1 4WD vehicleShared with CRH - (expanded dedicated premises under construction)
2 dedicated offices
Shared access to computer lab, meeting room and lecture room
Negotiations finalised for the construction of facilities at Alice Springs Hospital (joint project with Baker IDI)


1 x 3 bedroomhouse1 x 3 bedroom house1 4WD vehiclePremises leased -
student support facility: Open plan office space with several computer stations, partitioned office space, reception and kitchen facilities, plus table for meetings.

Rural Darwin

- - - -

Site training capacity

Nature of training site

Anticipated student capacity

Alice Springs

Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (AMS), Central Clinical (GP)12


Katherine District Hospital, Wurli Wurlinjang (AMS), Kintore Clinic (GP)6-8


Gove District Hospital, Miwatj Aboriginal Health, Endeavour Clinic (GP)4-6

Rural Darwin

Humpty Doo General Practice, Laynhapuy Homelands Health Service, Howard Springs General Practice2-6
In addition to above, students at all sites attend remote clinics (minimum of two per six month placement) - Air Med, AMS, RFDS etc.

Currently NTRCS is in the process of building capacity ie space (clinical teaching sites and student accomodation), teaching faculty/supervision (numbers and competence) to expand student numbers. This expansion is in collaboration with NTGPE (RUSC and John Flynn placement students plus pre-vocational general practice placements and registrars) plus UDRH (allied health and nursing) students who complete for teaching/supervision space. Further expansion depends on further funding for clinical teaching efficiency e.g. clinical skills labs and purpose built clinical teaching primary care facilities and both student and staff accomodation.

Main areas of research interest

  • Clinical
  • Rural and remote medicine in particular
  • Indigenous Health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Chronic disease
  • Injury and trauma
  • Rural and remote medical education
  • Medical workforce
  • Health service delivery
  • Community engagement