This is one of the most frequently asked questions we’re asked from GPs wishing to relocate.
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.
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.’
What this means for you as a GP is you are generally restricted to the outer metro suburbs of the larger state capitals, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney etc and smaller towns and cities or rural areas.
There are some exemptions to DWS, one of which is to work in an out of hours positions. Please get in touch for further information on these.
The market for overseas trained GPs is still very strong in Australia and with well over 100 GP positions to choose from there will be something there for everyone.