|Title:||Area of Need Policy and Guidelines|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0431/13|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 23 May 2013|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The Area of Need Policy and Guidelines have been amended to incorporate administrative and regulatory changes to the Area of Need application process in Western Australia, and complies with the legislation Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010 which came into effect on 18 October 2010. Section 67(5) pertaining to Area of Need has amendments to existing processes and terminologies|
|Legal requirements:||Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010
|Applicable to:||WA Government health sector, private health sector, individuals and organisations|
|Period of effect:||from 15 May 2013 to 15 May 2018|
|Review date:||15 May 2018|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 06-May-2013|
|Print version:||View print version|
Area of Need Policy and Guidelines
This Operational Directive outlines the application and determination of the Area of Need 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 profession. The WA Minister for Health has delegated his authority to the Chief Medical Officer, who determines an AoN for locations where it has been clearly established that a medical workforce shortage exists.
This process must be followed by all persons employed within the WA Government health sector, the private health sector and any other individuals or organisations.
For the purposes of this policy and guidelines, the WA Government health sector is known as ‘WA Health’ which incorporates the following entities:
This is a state wide policy and supersedes all policies and guidelines related to Areas of Need (formerly known as Unmet Area of Need) in WA Health.
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 on (08) 9222 2476.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 23 May 2013 at 11:22am