Update on current DWS for Overseas Trained Doctors in Australia

As of 1st July the current DWS (District of Workforce Shortage) which determines where OTD’s (overseas trained doctors) can work is changing to the DPA (Distribution Priority Areas)

The aim is to facilitate the placement of medical practitioners in communities of greatest need across Australia.

The MMM (Modified Monash Model) will be used to assess where the need is. MM1 are the most metropolitan areas and MM7 are the most rural.

Currently, we know the following:-

  • Inner metropolitan areas are automatically deemed non-DPA;
  • MM 5 – 7 are automatically deemed DPA;

Further details will not be released until the 1st of July and until then we won’t know how this will affect MM1 to MM4 (currently there are a number of DWS areas in MM1).

Information can be found on the Doctor Connect factsheet and we will be providing updates as more details become available.

You can keep up to date with our vacancies on https://www.headmedical.com/ and if you have any queries please contact Vicki McLaren on +44 (0) 131 240 5263 / vicki@headmedical.com. 

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