Annual DWS update is due now, What to do ?

A district of workforce shortage (DWS) is a geographical area in which the local population has less access to Medicare-subsidised medical services when compared to the national average.If you are overseas trained doctor and within 10 year moratorium (10 year from the date of your first AHPRA registration), you can only work in District of

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New DWS classification is live on Doctor Connect Website now..

Department of Health has updated District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) status for the entire Australia last night. Practices can check doctor connect website to see if they are currently in DWS or not. Please visit http://doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator and put your practice address after selecting second layer ‘District of Workforce Shortage’. On the same map, practices can

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What is District of Workforce Shortage (DWS)?

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. 

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Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973

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

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