Release type: Joint Media Release


Exploring the possibility of the territory's own medical school


The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care
The Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Education
Natasha Fyles
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Senator The Hon Malarndirri McCarthy
Senator for the Northern Territory
Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians
Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health

The Albanese Government is providing $2.8 million to fund preliminary exploratory work on the establishment of a new medical school in the Northern Territory.  
The NT has persistent challenges attracting and retaining a medical workforce, with many doctors travelling from other parts of Australia or internationally, rather than living long-term in the Territory.
To help address this challenge, the Albanese Government will provide Charles Darwin University CDU with the funding it needs to seek the accreditation required to establish an end-to-end medical school, so doctors can access the training they need to stay and work in the community.
There is substantial evidence that shows doctors who train in rural and regional Australia are more likely to stay and practise in rural and regional Australia after they graduate.
By investing in the training of medical students we encourage the uptake of exciting careers in rural, regional and remote health care.
CDU’s work towards establishing a new medical school will complement existing medical training arrangements in the NT.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“We know that doctors that train in rural and regional Australia are more likely to stay and set up shop in rural and regional Australia.
“The Albanese Government will use all possible levers to encourage doctors and other health workers to be where patients need them to be – outside of cities and in areas of need.
“We want students from the NT and beyond to have more opportunities to study medicine and get the ongoing training they need to put down roots in the community.”

Quotes attributable to Minister Clare:
“The Albanese Government is backing in the Territory and helping Charles Darwin University establish its first medical school to start training doctors and nurses.
“This investment will allow Charles Darwin University to apply for Commonwealth support medical places in its own right and not have to rely on other education partners across Australia.
“The Government will continue to consider what further investments can be made to support the provision of high quality medical training in the Northern Territory.”
Quotes attributable to Northern Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles:
“The Federal Government understands how important it is from the Northern Territory to grow our own medical workforce.
“This funding will assist in the accreditation needed to establish a new medical school. My Government will continue to support Charles Darwin University to make sure we get our fair share of investment.”
Quotes attributable to Senator McCarthy:
“Giving more people the chance to study medicine in the Northern Territory will be a gamechanger in getting great doctors into the communities they are most needed in.”
“Locally trained doctors understand the challenges and needs of their community and play such a critical role ensuring more people can live longer, healthier and happier lives.”