Distribution Working Group

The Distribution Working Group (DWG) was established to address the maldistribution of the health workforce in rural and remote communities. The DWG has three core responsibilities:

Page last updated: 23 November 2018

1. Review of the District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) system and the appropriateness of continuing to use the model in an Australian context.

  • Provide opportunities for key rural stakeholders to consider the operation of DWS and how it could be modified.
  • Consider the existing policy parameters of the DWS and provide advice on how the program could be modified to address concerns raised by stakeholders.
  • Consider whether the calculation for DWS is correct given current trends.
  • Consider options for a mechanism to encourage Australian trained doctors to enter rural practice.
  • Discuss options and models that might support rural generalists.
  • Consider the impact that a modification of the DWS may have on the workforce and the community.

2. Review the implementation and design of the Modified Monash Model (MMM).

  • Undertake a review of the implementation and design of the MMM with particular focus on towns in MMM categories 6 and 7 (Remote and Very Remote Australia).

3. Consider mechanisms to encourage an equitable distribution of the health workforce.

  • Consider options to address the oversupply of GPs in some areas of Australia.
  • Discuss concerns that Overseas Trained Doctors are not being appropriately supervised/skilled.
  • Discuss support options for the Indigenous workforce during and post training programs.
  • Discuss options for Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to increase Medicare billings.

The recommendations proposed by the DWG may inform the future rural distribution policy.

Distribution Working Group - Communiques