The annual update of the DPA will be available on 1st July 2020. The DPA is updated annually based on the latest available billing data and population statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The aim is to ensure the distribution of medical practitioners in communities of greatest need.
What does this mean for GP’s?
If an area gains DPA status (the area has now been assessed as not receiving adequate services for the needs of the community), practices in the area will now be able to employ Overseas Trained Doctors.
If an area loses DPA status (the area has now been assessed as receiving adequate services for the needs of the community), GPs who hold an existing exemption under section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 can continue to practise at their location provided they continue to meet the conditions of their exemption.
To find out whether a location is deemed a DPA you can click here or search the Distribution Priority Areas map on www.doctorconnect.gov.au
If you are considering a move to Australia, we would recommend getting in touch to discuss options before the new DPA is published on the 1st July 2020. We currently have opportunities in city, regional and rural communities of Australia.