Does DWS mean rural?

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Does DWS mean rural?



The Short Answer…




This is a good question and one we get a lot!



District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) identifies locations where there is not enough GPs to service the population for that statistical area. This means that a DWS could be in a location classed as metropolitan!



So how to define rural?

This is where the Modified Monash Model (MMM) comes in. MMM determines how regional a location is. This is often important for those GPs wanting to reduce their moratorium (via Scaling) or who are required to work in a rural area based on other restrictions.



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