On 1st July 2020, the Department of Health updated the DPA locations across Australia. Our clinics in Gippsland are now all considered to be in DPA locations including our clinics in Morwell, Churchill and Traralgon.
What is DPA?
DPA stands for Distribution Priority Area.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who specialise in General Practice are required to work in a DPA in order to obtain a Medicare Provider Number.
An area that has been classified as a DPA for GPs has been assessed as not receiving adequate GP services for the needs of that population. For GPs the DPA uses Modified Monash (MM) 2 as the benchmark as it provides a more accurate distribution of the GP workforce.
What does it mean for MAACG Medical Group?
The updated classification is excellent news for MAACG. It means that any Non-VR GPs who are looking for a position can now apply for MDRAP (More Doctors for Rural Australia Programme) with RWAV or the PEP (Practice Experience Pathway) for all of our rural clinics.
Benefits of working in the Latrobe Valley as a GP
The Latrobe Valley is about 100 km from southeast Melbourne on the Princes Freeway.
It incorporates the towns of Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, and Churchill with additional smaller communities.
You have the benefits of being just over an hour from Melbourne while living in a regional/rural area.
You are never far from beautiful beaches and National Parks and all that they have to offer including surfing, fishing, skiing, boating, camping and hiking.
The Latrobe Valley has good infrastructure: well-maintained roads; a main Vic Rail line travelling direct to Melbourne; excellent shopping; Government, Catholic and Independent schools. Federation University has a campus in Churchill which offers many graduate courses.
The Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH), which is situated between the towns of Morwell and Traralgon, has been expanded over recent years and is able to offer the local community extensive specialised medical services.
Support is available to people from all faiths and cultures with community and religious groups strengthening and fostering positive relationships.
There are many sporting clubs operating in the area welcoming new members, including football, netball, basketball, soccer, cricket, gymnastics and tennis.