The DPA map for General Practitioners has been updated effective today – 21 July 2022.
We understand these are the changes that were due on the 1 July when the DPA map was to undergo its annual update, however they were delayed until today.
We don’t expect further changes until 1 July 2023, however there has been no formal announcement to this effect.
In our assessment there appear to be more locations now with DPA on the map, and there is more certainty – which is positive for both practices and GPs in Australia.
The main changes that we have identified to the DPA map for GPs are:
- All MM2 (and above) locations appear to have been given DPA status. This means ALL of regional and rural Australia now has DPA. Previously only some regional cities had DPA, and locations like Cairns, Townsville and Newcastle (as pictured above) did not have DPA.
- Most (if not all) locations that had a successful DPA review earlier this year, appear to have retained their DPA status. This includes locations like Central Coast (NSW), Rockingham (WA), Ipswich (QLD) and Tweed Heads (NSW).
- There are a few outer-metro MM1 locations that have picked up DPA such as Frankston (VIC) and Hornsby (NSW). Otherwise many outer-metro locations remain unchanged.
We haven’t listed all the DPA map changes – for more information search your location on https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator/health-workforce-locator
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