David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

GP Distribution Priority Area exceptional circumstances assessment launched

September 9, 2021

Maranoa MP David Littleproud has encouraged General Practice to apply for ‘exceptional circumstances’ exemption for the Federal Department of Health’s Distribution Priority Area (DPA) classification system to allow additional recruitment pathways for practices to source more GPs.

“I’ve heard loud and clear the concerns that the current approach is not capturing current or emerging local pressures and unmet demand,” Mr Littleproud said.

“I’ve made representations – on behalf of general practice and residents in Dalby concerning GP shortages – to the Minister for Regional Health and I’m pleased he’s considered and been able to respond to our concerns with the inclusion of this important new mechanism which provides an opportunity for practices to apply for DPA status. If approved, it would ultimately provide more pathways to recruit GPs.”

The DPA classification allows the government to identify regions where locals face an increased challenge to access a GP. The DPA indicator supports other initiatives which encourage doctors who are subject to location restrictions, such as overseas qualifications, to work in regional and rural areas.

The Australian Government is also preparing a formal review of the DPA indicator. Further details of the review will be announced soon.


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