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: 19 June 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.