Why can’t I find a job in DPA locations close to cities….?

 QUESTION OF THE WEEK…

Why can’t I find a job in DPA locations close to cities….?

In 2019, all capital cities except Darwin were made a Non DPA. This included the outer suburbs. This means that in most places, you will be looking at a minimum hour drive to get to the closest suburbs that are DPA.  

These DPA practices will often have a high number of applicants due to their ideal position. These applicants will include VR General Practitioners who are still restricted to working in a DPA location as they have not completed their Fellowship, and Non VR General Practitioners who need to be in a DPA and from Jan 2022, in a MMM 2 – 7 location as well! 

These practices also tend to keep the Doctor’s for a long time, because it’s within driving distance to the Doctor’s homes and so they do not feel the need to relocate to another practice after they’ve spent the time to build a strong patient following.  

When looking for jobs close to metropolitan areas, you need to keep in mind not only the DPA but 

  • the MMM classification if you are restricted by 19AA, or you’re Non VR and working towards Fellowship but won’t be sitting it this year. (Check out our blog about this here)
  • the location’s ability to get a Health Workforce Certificate (if you are on a visa) and 
  • the location’s eligibility for an Area of Need Certificate (if you are wanting to apply for ‘Limited AHPRA Registration- Area of Need’.) 

We have included a brief list of the closest DPA towns to each capital city for you to have a look over. Keep in mind Darwin (The capital city of Northern Territory) is both a DPA and MMM 2. 

Brisbane: 

  • Lowood 1 hour
  • Lockyer Valley 1.5 hours
  • Mount Mort 1.2 hours
  • Boonah 1.2 hours
  • Rathdowney 1.2 hours
  • Beechmont 1.2 hours
  • Springbrook 1.5 hours
  • Esk 1.2 hours

Sydney

  • Terrey Hills 40 minutes
  • Thirlmere 1.2 hours
  • Joadja 1.7 hours
  • Robertson 1.9 hours
  • Berry 2 hours
  • Nattai 1.2 hours
  • Blue Mountains 1 hour
  • Blackheath 1.7 hours
  • Dural 36 minutes

Melbourne 

  • Mornington 1 hour
  • Geelong 1.1 hours
  • Shelford 25 minutes
  • Lara 54 minutes
  • Ballan 1 hour
  • Kyneton 1 hour
  • Lancefield 1 hour
  • Tallarook 1.2
  • Kinglake 1.2 
  • Marysville 1.7 hours
  • Warburton 1.5 hours
  • Pakenham 1 hour
  • Labertouche 1.2 hours
  • Modella 1.2 hours
  • Lang Lang 1.2 hours

Perth

  • Yeal 56 minutes
  • Bambun 52 minutes
  • Muchea 43 minutes
  • Morangup 1.1 hours
  • Bakers Hill 1.1 hours
  • Woottating 1 hour
  • Westdale 1.2 hours
  • Mount Cooke 1.1 hours
  • Keysbrook 55 minutes
  • Preston Beach 1.3 hours
  • Coolup 1.1 hours

Adelaide

  • Middle Beach 43 minutes
  • Reeves Plains 50 minutes
  • Templers 50 minutes
  • Freeling 53 minutes
  • Gomersal 53 minutes
  • Rowland Flat 1 hour
  • Cockatoo Valley 56 minutes
  • Yattalunga 54 minutes
  • One Tree Hill 42 minutes
  • Paracombe 33 minutes
  • Mount Torrens 50 minutes
  • Harrogate 51 minutes
  • Brukunga 45 minutes
  • Wistow 39 minutes
  • Flaxley 42 minutes
  • Kangarilla 40 minutes
  • Aberfoyle Park 30 minutes
  • Seaford 36 minutes

Hobart

  • Cambridge 15 minutes
  • Taroona 15 minutes
  • Leslie Vale 18 minutes
  • Wellington Park 31 minutes
  • Molesworth 29 minutes
  • Sorell Creek 28 minutes
  • Brighton 28 minutes
  • Richmond 26 minutes

Canberra

  • Coombs 15 minutes
  • Kambah 20 minutes
  • Fyshwick 14 minutes
  • Belconnen 20 minutes
  • Queanbeyan 22 minutes

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