NEW “DWS” Areas

The new system of determining where GPs can work was launched on July 1st. Out goes the old system of District of Workforce Shortage. In comes a new “Distribution Priority Area”

The map is here: https://beta.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator/health-workforce-locator

Put in the location of interest or click “search the map”. Then tick the box for “distribution priority area” (DPA).

As expected the areas where GPs from overseas (ie UK & Irish trained GPs) can work has been pushed out from the city centres.

Having said that, there are still some vacancies relatively close to the main cities:
Adelaide: We have a vacancy in Golden Grove which should meet the requirements
Perth: Gosnells, south west of the CBD, is a DPA
Victoria: Geelong is a DPA. We are looking for vacancies there
Other areas in Victoria. We have a vacancy in Hamilton, to the west of Melbourne, which is DPA

Contact me for more information: [email protected]

The service I received from both Paul in the UK and from Monique and Martina in Australia was excellent. Initially I mainly was in contact with Paul whilst I was getting organised with registration which he helped with. He was extremely patient in answering all my questions. When I first arrived in Newcastle I was really pleased that Martina came to meet me there whilst she was visiting New South Wales (despite being based in Melbourne) and took me to my practice to meet everyone. I found this particularly helpful as I moved out here on my own knowing no-one so I was grateful to meet a friendly face. I’ve been here 5 months now and its definitely been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Dr S. G.