Retrieval Registrars 2022

$108,630 - $175,708 yearly
  • NT Health - Central Australian Retrieval Service
  • Alice Springs NT, Australia
Full time Health Care

Job Description

If you are looking for a unique, exciting and challenging role whilst working in some of the most remote locations in Australia, then you should join us at the Central Australian Retrieval Service!

6 month full time positions - 1 available in February 2022 and 2 in August 2022.

The Central Australian Retrieval Service covers an area of 1.6 million square kilometres and performs 800 fixed wing and road retrievals per year (28% critical care), ranging from pre-hospital primary missions to long distance (1500km) critical care inter-hospital transfers. The combination of pathology and geography presents a unique challenge.

 You will see some of the most interesting and challenging medicine in Australia, including:

  • Severe sepsis in both adults and children requiring commencement of critical care treatment in remote nurse-only clinics before transport. 
  • Major trauma, including multi-casualty motor vehicle accidents on remote highways.
  • Complex medical patients with rheumatic heart disease, bronchiectasis and renal disease.
  • Around 20% paediatric patients, predominantly with respiratory, GI tract and soft tissue infections.
  • Obstetric emergencies such premature labour, pre-eclampsia and PPH. 
  • Psychiatric and behavioural emergencies requiring sedation for safe transport.

The Retrieval Service is based at Alice Springs Hospital, providing us with the opportunity to follow the entire patient journey from the first point of contact by phone, through retrieval to hospital admission and discharge. Our Registrars have the unique opportunity to work in the Medical Retrieval and Consultation Centre (MRaCC), taking calls from remote clinics as well as cattle stations, mines and roadhouses with supervision and support from Medical Retrieval Consultants, and gaining experience in the clinical co-ordination aspects of PHRM.

We offer weekly paid teaching and the opportunity to contribute towards research, audit and service improvement projects. We are accredited for the Retrieval component of the DipPHRM.

The opportunity to put your clinical skills to the test in remote, resource-limited settings exists right here, in the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia!


  • Advanced trainee, preferably in the last two years of a critical care training programme (ACEM, CICM, ANZCA, ACCRM, RACGP).
  • Minimum experience of 6 months in Emergency Medicine, 6 months in Intensive Care, and 3 months in Anaesthetics.
  • Excellent communication and team working skills.
  • Ability to work in complex cross cultural environments.

Alice Springs is in a beautiful and unique part of the world with good schools, a diverse and multicultural community, eclectic arts and entertainment, as well as many sporting opportunities, all within a backyard that many travel across the world to see and experience. It is a regional town of approximately 27000 people nestled between East and West MacDonnell Ranges. Blue skies prevail most of the year making it the perfect base for mountain biking, hiking and camping enthusiasts.  Highlights of the social calendar include Parrtjima, Finke Desert Race, Camel Cup, Redback MTB, West Macs Monster, and various arts and music festivals including The Desert Festival, Desert Mob and Wide Open Space.

Remuneration will be in accordance with the Northern Territory Public Sector Medical Officers Enterprise Agreement.

For further information, please contact Dr Simon Ho ([email protected]) or follow our Twitter account (@RedOzRetrieval).

To apply for a position, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected].

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