The recent federal election in Australia saw Labor form the country’s new government. With policies focused on improving primary care through additional funding and services, it is likely that new opportunities will become available.
In 2019, a raft of restrictions from the government were put in place to slow the rate of international recruitment into General Practice. These included an overhaul of the DWS system being replaced by DPA, which was hugely more restrictive, pushing internationally trained GPs into regional/remote/rural areas. Recently there have been successful DPA appeals which have resulted in some outer metropolitan areas being granted DPA for 6 months.
In light of the Labor win on 21 May, it is looking positive that more outer metro areas will be granted DPA and allow increased recruitment of overseas GPs. The Labor government is also planning to open Urgent Care Centres and permit the recruitment of overseas GPs to staff them. We have already heard from several of our clients around the country who are looking to recruit UK GPs and demand is increasing.
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