In most cases, a practice will need both Area of Need (AON) and District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) status to employ an Overseas Trained Doctor (OTD).
The AON Program assists employers in NSW who have had difficulty recruiting medical practitioners with specialist registration, to then recruit suitably qualified OTDs or International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to vacant positions that have been approved by the NSW Ministry of Health as an AON.
The AON Program is a strategy to provide temporary assistance to locations and services experiencing medical workforce shortages.
AON status is approved by the NSW Ministry of Health. Evidence must be provided to show the position is either located in an area that has been identified as a DWS or provides services that have DWS status i.e. After Hours.
Health professionals looking for opportunities to work in western Sydney should view the list of Western Sydney general practices currently recruiting for GPs.
For information on the process that OTDs must follow to work as a general practitioner in Australia, visit the Doctor Connect website
General practices in some parts of western Sydney may be eligible to employ doctors through the Area of Need (AON) Program. If a western Sydney general practice is recruiting for an AON/DWS position this will be identified in the GP Job Register.
The Rural Relocation Incentive Grant (RRIG) ceased on 25th May 2015. The Outer Metropolitan Areas Measure Relocation Incentive Grant (OMRIG) ceased for new applicants on 12th May 2015 and ceases for all participants on 30th June 2016.
The General Practice Rural Incentives Programme (GPRIP) aims to encourage medical practitioners to relocate to and practise in regional and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine. Since 1st July 2015, the GPRIP has moved to a new classification system and introduced new eligibility criteria.
Visit the GPRIP fact sheet for more information.
Practice Nurses looking for opportunities to work in western Sydney should check the Western Sydney Practice Nurse Job Vacancies.
Visit Practice Nursing to find out how WentWest can provide support to nurses in General Practice.