As announced during 2018-19 budget, the Government is thinking to provide incentives for non VR doctors to qualify as vocationally recognised (VR) or specialist GPs and to practice outside major cities. Warning: Please note that there are many recent changes to Medicare provider number legislations including introducing new 3GA programs and cessation of few 3GA
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
Section 19AA of the Act was introduced to recognise and support general practice as a vocational specialty, and to provide a framework for achieving long term improvements in the quality of doctors working in Australia. All medical practitioners restricted by section 19AA are unable to access Medicare benefits unless they apply to participate on anapproved