The Department of Health
The Department uses the Districts of Workforce Shortage system as a mechanism to identify and address the maldistribution of the medical workforce in Australia. A DWS is an area identified as having below average access to services attracting a Medicare rebate. This is determined using population data and Medicare billing information to get a GP-to-population ratio. The DWS system is updated annually using the latest Medicare billing and population statistics. The next update will be in February 2019.
Page last updated: 13 June 2018
For further information and map showing current DWS areas for General Practitioners and selected Specialities: Doctor Connect website.
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