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Call for Nominations

Posted: 10th of September, 2019

PROSTHESES LIST – CLINICIAN ADVISERS

The Department of Health are seeking nominations from expert clinicians to be advisers to the Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) on applications to list medical devices and human tissue items on the Prostheses List.

The Prostheses List is the list of surgically implanted prostheses, human tissue items and other medical devices that private health insurers must pay benefits for when provided to patients with appropriate cover as part of hospital treatment or hospital substitute treatment.

The PLAC advises the Minister for Health and his delegates on the products to be listed on the Prostheses List and their private health insurance benefits.

The PLAC needs the assistance of expert clinicians in the field of general surgery to assess applications to list products on the Prostheses List against criteria for listing to inform advice to the Minister. The assessment process includes evaluation of clinical evidence and outcomes data provided in applications and providing advice on use of the product and clinical effectiveness compared with other products on the Prostheses List and other alternative treatments.

Expert clinicians are appointed by the Department to an appropriate Clinical Advisory Group or the Panel of Clinical Experts. They are entitled to remuneration for their service – for assessing applications to list devices and on occasion for attending meetings to discuss assessments. They are also entitled to travel and accommodation at the expense of the Department if required.

Attached are the Terms of Reference and Member Guidelines of the Clinical Advisory Groups and Panel of Clinical Experts for your information and for the information of potential nominees.

If you are interested in nominating, please forward an up-to-date curriculum vitae to CAG.Secretariat@health.gov.au.

Allso attached is a Declaration of Interests form for nominees to complete and forward to the Department. In applying the Department’s Conflict of Interest policy, we must ensure that actual or perceived conflicts are considered, declared and managed appropriately. Conflicts of interest may arise in relation to a wide range of interests, including but not limited to, shareholdings; travel, research or education grants; consultancies; fellowships; directorships or board memberships; providing general or specific advice to a person who has a pecuniary interest in the outcome of Committee consideration; and personal relationships with persons associated with a company that has a pecuniary interest in the outcome of Committee consideration.

It is important for nominees to declare if they have any of the following interests in relation to the medical technology industry and/or the sponsors of medical devices and human tissue items listed on the Prostheses List:

  • shareholdings
  • travel, research or education grants
  • consultancies
  • fellowships
  • directorships or board memberships
  • providing general or specific advice to a person who has a pecuniary interest; or
  • personal relationships with persons associated with a company that has a pecuniary interest.

Participation as an expert clinician adviser provides a range of benefits, including having input into the medical devices funded by private health insurance and keeping abreast of advancements in medical technology.

If you have any queries in relation to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Ros Dawson (02) 6289 4573.

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