Why train in the NT

Rewarding, challenging and unique

Dr Jahde Dennis

GP registrar 2016.

So a really varied role was what I was chasing and I think it’s something that a lot of my peers would have liked to have done as well but I don’t think the opportunities were as prevalent elsewhere.

General practice training in the Northern Territory is highly rewarding, challenging and unlike any other state or territory in Australia.

Indigenous Australians make up over 30% of the NT population (compared to 2.4% nationally) and sadly are over represented in the health system. This means GP registrars who train with NTGPE will have components of their training focus on Indigenous health specifically.

Anyone who trains with NTGPE will spend time outside of large towns and cities in small, predominantly Indigenous communities. So, when we say training in the NT is rewarding, challenging and unique – we are not joking!

NT quick facts:

Population: 244, 900

Capital City: Darwin (pop 120,000)

Median Age: 31

Top End Dry season May to October 21°C to 32°C (humidity generally below 60%)
  Wet season November to April 25°C to 33°C (humidity above 80%)
Central Australia Summer December to February 20°C to above 40°C
  Winter June to August 3°C to 20°C