|Title:||Area of Need Policy and Guidelines and Supporting Documentation|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0548/14|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 20 August 2014|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The area of need policy and guidelines have been amended to better reflect current and future medical workforce trends. The documentation complies with the legislation Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010, which came in to effect on 18 October 2010.|
|Legal requirements:||Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010.
|Applicable to:||WA Government health sector, private health sector, organisations and individuals.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 September 2014 to 1 September 2019|
|Review date:||1 September 2019|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Office of the Director General, 07-Aug-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Area of Need Policy and Guidelines and Supporting Documentation
This Operational Directive outlines the application and determination of the area of need (AoN) process.
Section 67(5) of the Schedule of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010, provides for the declaration of specific geographical locations as areas of need for health services in the medical progression. The Western Australians (WA) Minister for Health has delegated his authority to the Chief Medical Officer, who determines an AoN for locations where it has clearly been established that a medical workforce shortage exists.
This process must be followed by all persons employed with the WA Government health sector, the private health sector and any other organisations or individuals.
This is a state-wide policy and supersedes all policies and guidelines related to AoN in WA.
It is the responsibility of managers to ensure that all employees have access to a copy of this policy and guidelines.
Any queries regarding this policy should be directed to the Medical Workforce Branch at the WA Department of Health on (08) 9222 2476 or at email@example.com
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 20 August 2014 at 12:33pm