How can a non-DWS medical practice apply for 19AB spousal exemption? Practices located in District of Workforce Shortage Statistical Area2 (SA2) can get 19AB exemption for overseas trained doctors. DWS status can help the OTD to fulfil the requirements under section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act, 1973. However, non-DWS area practices do have some
District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) is the geographical area in which access to Medicare-subsidised medical services for local population is less as compared to national average. Previously, medical practices have to formally apply for District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) status.
Is there a difference between DWS and Area of Need? This question comes to the mind of every overseas trained GP who is searching for a GP jobs in Australia. There seems to be a confusion between these two terms. Let’s try to find out if there is any difference between DWS and Area of
A district of workforce shortage (DWS) is an Statistical Area (SA2) in which the local population has less access to Medicare-subsidised medical services when compared to the national average. District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) areas are identified using the latest Medicare billing statistics and the latest residential population as per the ABS.
Section 19AB of the Act restricts access to Medicare benefits and requires overseas trained doctors (OTDs) and foreign graduates of accredited medical schools (FGAMS) to work in a district of workforce shortage (DWS) for 10 years from their first Australian medical registration in order to access Medicare benefits arrangements. All section 19AB exemptions are location