Overseas trained GPs in Australia are required to work in a District of Workforce Shortage also known as DWS. This is a geographical area in which the local population has less access to Medicare subsidised services compared with the national average. DWS is put in place by the Australian Government to achieve an equitable distribution of medical services across Australia.
The Department of Health is responsible for making DWS determinations and this is reviewed and subject to change annually. The DWS restrictions are in place for up to 10 years after you gain registration, known as the ’10 year moratorium.’
The DWS map has now changed for 2017. There have been minor changes to the DWS classifications and some regions have lost their DWS status.
There are still lots of positions available for overseas trained GPs in Australia so to discuss your circumstances further please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0131 336 0094