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Welcome to North West Regional Hospital, affectionately known as "Burnie," nestled in the coastal wonderland of Tasmania, Australia. Situated on the northern shores of this picturesque island, Burnie serves the communities of the North West Coast and the surrounding regions, encompassing both rural and urban populations. With its stunning seaside locale, Burnie is as much a treat for the eyes as it is a hub for high-quality healthcare.

North West Regional Hospital boasts 160 beds, ensuring comprehensive care tailored to meet the diverse needs of the community. Here, you'll find a myriad of medical and surgical specialties, including emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, and more. The hospital is part of the Tasmanian Health Service, offering state-of-the-art facilities, innovative treatments, and a collaborative environment that encourages both professional growth and personal fulfillment.

When it's time to trade scrubs for sandals, Burnie offers an array of tourist attractions that will have you falling in love with Tasmania. Start with a visit to the stunning Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, a floral wonderland spanning over 11 hectares, or delve into Burnie's papermaking history at the Makers’ Workshop where you can try your hand at crafting handmade paper.

Burnie’s coastline is perfect for a leisurely stroll or an invigorating swim. Don’t miss the Little Penguin Observation Centre, where you can marvel at one of nature’s smallest and cutest penguin species returning home at dusk. For those with a taste for the finer things, Burnie boasts an impressive array of restaurants and cafes, from the exquisite seafood at Fish Frenzy to decadent treats at Hellyers Road Distillery and Shady Lagoon Café.

Getting to Burnie is a breeze, even without a car. From Hobart, Tasmania's capital, you can catch a direct flight to Burnie Wynyard Airport, a mere 20-minute drive from the heart of Burnie. Alternatively, you can enjoy a scenic bus trip via Redline Coaches, which will whisk you through the charming Tasmanian countryside, right to the heart of Burnie. For those who appreciate a more leisurely journey, the Spirit of Tasmania offers a ferry service from Melbourne to Devonport, followed by a short drive or bus ride to Burnie.

Come for the career opportunities, stay for the lifestyle. North West Regional Hospital in Burnie not only promises a fulfilling and dynamic work environment but also the chance to live in a place that’s equal parts tranquil and exhilarating. Make the move to Burnie, and discover a coastal haven where medical excellence meets natural beauty.




Overall I enjoyed this placement - the team were great and I felt overall well supported by the bosses! The role was originally advertised as a Gen Surg RMO role so I was expecting more of a ward based role, however when it was more of an unaccredited Gen Surg reg job, so definitely an unexpected step up - something to be aware of! The accomodation provided was excellent, a beautiful 3 bedroom house in Somerset, 10 minutes drive from the hospital. There is plenty to do around Burnie - highly recommend Boat Harbour beach, Penguin and Stanley which are within an hour drive of Burnie. The North West coast is stunning, and great for people who appreciate the outdoors!


I enjoyed my week in Burnie for an Ortho RMO job - good workload and well supported by registrars. Having worked in THS before had no issues from a system point of view but some of the pathways for organising imaging or getting records can be a bit clunky and confusing. The accomodation options are excellent, was put up in a gorgeous private house 10 minutes walk from the hospital! Lots of cool things to see around Burnie but definitely need a car to get around so recommend asking for car hire as part of the placement. Best things to do include: runs along the foreshore, day/weekend trip to Cradle Mountain, day trips to Wynyard/Table Cape, Stanley or any of the stunning nearby hikes. During the summer a swim at Boat Harbour beach is a must-do!

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