Registered Nurses – Australian experienced Registered Nurses are needed at local hospitals and some nursing homes. Within the aged care sector there is a shortage of candidates with key skills and relevant experience. Specialist Renal Dialysis nurses are especially in demand.
Cardiac Sonographers – This is a specialised role where there is little candidate movement between organisations and these professionals are hard to come by, particulalry in the Northern Territory.
Dentists and Dental Assistants – These roles are frequently advertised but suitably qualified candidates are rare, especially in the Northern Territory.
General Practitioners – It remains an ongoing challenge to find GPs as they are in very high demand and near impossible to find. Again this is particularly challenging in the Northern Territory.
Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists – These specialists are in demand but once again very difficult to find, especially on a contract/temporary basis.
Qualified Social Workers – Despite being in demand, employers are unwilling to recruit newly qualified Social Workers due to their limited experience.
Remote Area Midwives – Again, the demand is for experienced Midwives to work in remote locations. Short-term contracts are also on offer for these professionals.
Mental health professionals – There is continued demand for mental health professionals, including Support Facilitators, Mental Health Clinicians and Intake Officers. This demand is due to the ‘Partners in Recovery’ program. Vacancies are available on both a permanent and temporary basis.
The majority of the roles available are on a permanent full-time basis. Employers are open to looking at interstate candidates and are flexible with job requirements in order to widen the candidate pool.
However in the Northern Territory employers can also be hesitant when considering interstate candidates who haven't got a set date to arrive in Darwin. This is due to candidates sometimes changing their minds about relocating once an offer has been made.
Candidate levels differ depending on the role and the location of the job. Roles in remote locations, such as Katherine or Alice Springs, can be extremely difficult to fill due to candidates’ reluctance to relocate and a shortage of available housing in those areas.
The Northern Territory is also affected by the transient nature of the workforce in the area. However this does seem to be improving as more quality candidates are becoming available when partners choose to make a career move to Darwin. Healthcare in the Northern Territory is definitely job rich and candidate poor - once an experienced candidate is found they can be easily placed.