What is the Distribution Priority Area?

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Date Updated: 2024-05-21

What is DPA?

Distribution Priority Area (DPA) identifies areas where people don’t have enough access to doctors, based on the needs of the community.

DPA is relevant to the 19AB location restriction for GPs because it covers the GP services of a GP catchment.

How are DPA locations determined?

The DPA system takes into account gender and age demographics, and the socio-economic status of patients living in an area. It also compares the Medicare billings of active Medicare Provider Numbers against population numbers. 

An area is automatically classified as DPA when it is: 

  • classified under the Modified Monash Model as MM 2 – 7 
  • in the Northern Territory

Other areas are classified as DPA when the level of health services for the population does not meet a service benchmark.

The average level of health services under MM 2 is the benchmark for international medical graduates.

How do I know if an area is DPA?

You can see it in the Health Workforce Locator map where we discussed how you can navigate it here

How does DPA differ from MMM and DWS?

DPA determines if an area has enough access to GPs.

Modified Monash Model (MMM) focuses on identifying if an area is metropolitan, rural, or remote.

District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) is similar to DPA, but it is specific to other specialists who are not GPs.

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