The objective of the Area of Need program is to assist in the provision of general practice and specialist medical services to locations in Tasmania that have limited access to such services.
The Area of Need program assists employers in Tasmania's primarily rural general practitioner sites who are experiencing difficulty recruiting doctors with specialist registration, to recruit suitably qualified overseas trained doctors to positions that have been approved by DHHS as an Area of Need.
The determination of an Area of Need resides with the responsible Minister who may delegate this power.
The Principal Medical Advisor, Deputy Principal Medical Advisor and Medical Director, GP and Primary Care carry ministerial delegations for Area of Need declarations under section 67(5) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Tasmania).
The Area of Need Declaration Policy provides the process that, health services wishing to apply for an Area of Need Declaration, must follow; principles that underpin the declaration of an Area of Need in Tasmania, and criteria against which all Area of Need applications are assessed by the Minister or their delegate.
The process of granting an Area of Need Declaration is managed in line with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness ensuring high ethical standards are maintained.