Is DWS & AON the same thing?

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Is DWS & AON the same thing?


The Short Answer…

No. Absolutely not.


But Why?

19AB restricts GPs who completed their degree outside of Australia or New Zealand to working in an approved District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) for a period of 10 years if they want to access Medicare benefits. It’s legislation set by the Department of Health based on statistics, and the DWS status changes annually.


Area of Need refers only to GPs who are applying for Limited AHPRA Registration- Area of Need (AANG-30) and is an application made to the Department of Health by the practice relevant only to that practice and is based on a demonstration of community need.


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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners, and   Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

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