IMG ban means needy areas lose out

South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local (SEMML) last week confirmed adjacent cities Greater Dandenong and Casey – which together settled 1319 refugees in 2011, 10% of Australia’s intake – had long-term GP vacancies in almost two-thirds of practices but still could not obtain DWS status.

“The government talks about access and equity, but this particular [DWS] calculation does not provide access and equity,” SEMML chair Dr Nick Demediuk told MO.