What is the difference between MMM and DPA?

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Date Updated: 2024-04-30

What is MMM?

MMM stands for the Modified Monash Model. Through MMM, we are able to determine if a location is metropolitan, rural, remote or very remote with categories from MM 1 to MM 7. 

MM 1 is known as a major city, while MM 7 is very remote. The higher the number, the more remote the location is. MM 2 to MM 7 areas are also considered to be regional, rural or remote.

What is DPA?

DPA is the Distribution Priority Area and it 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.

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

What is the difference between MMM and DPA?

MMM focuses on identifying if an area is metropolitan, rural, or remote while DPA determines if an area has enough access to GPs.

How are MMM and DPA relevant to Doctors?

DPA is relevant to the 19AB location restriction for GPs while MMM is relevant to the 19AA requirement.

MMM is included in the eligibility criteria of some government, Fellowship, and 3GA programs. Many of these programs require and/or encourage doctors, GP registrars and qualified GPs to train and work in rural communities.

Currently, MM 2 – 7 areas are also considered as DPA locations. 

How are MMM and DPA relevant to Practices?

As a practice, it is important to know your MMM classification and whether you’re a DPA or not to see what kind of Doctors you can recruit.

As an example, if you are in a DPA location with MM1, you can recruit VR Doctors or Non VR Doctors who are on a Visa.

But if you’re a Non-DPA with MM1 location, then you can recruit either Unrestricted Doctors or VR Doctors who have 19AB Exemptions.

We made a simple chart which you can see here.

To know if your practice is under a DPA area, you can check the Health Workforce Locator here. If you want to see your MMM classification, you can find your suburb at the list here

Please note that an update of both the DPA and MMM classification system with the latest census data is in progress.

We Can Help You

Here at People Medical Consulting, we have a passion for guiding medical practitioners through their career pathways to Australia. We have extensive experience in assisting medical facilities in recruiting doctors from local and overseas who will best suit their requirements.

We provide Document Assistance for those requiring support for their PESCI with IME, ACRRM or RACGP, registration and all other mandatory AHPRA requirements, fellowship program related forms and letters, application for Medicare provider and prescriber numbers, application for 19AB or 19AA exemptions and preparation of employment documents.

If you want to talk to someone about your pathway or practice management—book a consultation with us below, or if you need Recruitment or Document Assistance, contact us at help@peoplemedical.com.au or click the buttons below. We’d be glad to help you!

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