If your practice recently was awarded DPA status as a result of the new Exceptional Circumstances Review (https://www.health.gov.au/committees-and-groups/distribution-working-group#exceptional-circumstances-reviews-and-outcomes) you may be confused as to whether that helps you to qualify for a Health Workforce Certificate as well?
The good news is that a new application for a HWC will take into account that your area is now a DPA and it will be very likely to be approved for a HWC – even if you are in an MMM1. If you had a previous application rejected, you will need to apply again and the change in DPA status will be taken into account when your application is assessed.
If your practice is in a MMM3-7, you will likewise be assessed as holding DPA status.
In order to check whether you would be able to get a Health Workforce Certificate, you can follow this process even if you do not have the name of a GP to include with the application.
To check if you are eligible for a HWC:
Use this link to apply online for a HWC and provide details about your practice and location (https://visasforgps.com.au/for-practices) without including the name of a GP. If successful, this means that you are eligible to apply for a HWC for a GP when you find one. This can be used for any eligible GP but you can only make one application without the name of a doctor.
When you have found a GP and need a HWC for that doctor:
Use the same link (https://visasforgps.com.au/for-practices) and make an application that includes the details of the GP/s who require the HWC.
If you have any further questions, feel free to call our Registration Manager, Christina Panayi on 0450 534 764.