Royal Darwin Hosiptal

Location: Rocklands Drive, TIWI NT 0810

General hospital overview

The Trauma Fellow position at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is funded by the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC), and is designed for a General Surgeon seeking to develop a broad skill-base in trauma surgery and acute care surgery outside the normal domain of a metropolitan surgeon. The Fellow is embedded within the Division of Surgery at RDH and the position also involves clinical outreach work at Palmerston Hospital, and regional hospitals in Katherine and Gove. RDH is a 360 bed public hospital and the only tertiary referral hospital in the NT. The catchment area for RDH incorporates Darwin, the East Arnhem region and the Katherine region to the South East. Patients may also be retrieved from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, as well as areas of Indonesia, back to RDH for management.

The Trauma Team at RDH is a consultative service and actively case-manages all Trauma inpatients with moderate to serious injuries, from time of admission to discharge. Approximately 800 patients each year are admitted under the RDH trauma team. Case management is provided seven days a week through a multi-disciplinary model, which includes Trauma CNCs, Social work and Occupational Therapy.

The Trauma Fellow is additionally allocated to the RDH General Surgery units for 3 or 6-month rotations throughout their contract, and is expected to participate in all activities of each unit they are assigned to. These activities include Outpatient clinics, Elective and Emergency Theatres, Scope lists and Scope clinics. The Trauma Fellow participates in a 1:4 first on-call night roster on weekdays and weekends.


Dr Jodie-Kate Williams
E: or via switch on 08 8922 8888

Trauma Post

1 x Accredited Post

Trauma Stream

General Surgery

Opportunities on the Unit

The Trauma Fellow is also encouraged to become involved in the extensive education program that NCCTRC runs throughout the year. This program incorporates numerous courses focusing on Trauma Care education, Disaster and Mass Casualty training and focused skills for Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT). The courses are held in Darwin and in a number of regional and remote centres throughout the Northern Territory. The Trauma Fellow is expected to act as instructor for Trauma care courses and also encouraged to enrol in other courses run during the course of their contract.