Australian Government - Department of Health

Health Technology Assessment

How can consumers get involved

The department works in partnership with the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and other consumer organisations to ensure consumers are represented on the HTA expert advisory committees.

Consumers are able to report an adverse event arising from use of a health technology directly to the TGA, which will investigate the report and implement appropriate action if required.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) publishes a list of applications due for consideration at the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) meeting six weeks prior to each meeting. Consumers are able to provide comments on the item from a personal or group perspective for consideration by the PBAC when the submission is considered. A tip sheet for submitting consumer comments to PBAC has been developed by individual patient representatives in collaboration with the HTA Consumer Consultative Committee.
Tip Sheet (PDF 223 KB)
Tip Sheet (Word 34 KB)

A formal targeted public consultation is conducted at the start of the MSAC process for an application; however consumers are able to provide comments on an application at any time throughout the MSAC process. All comments will be provided to MSAC and its sub-committees when the application is considered. The applications scheduled for consideration by MSAC and its two sub-committees are published approximately four weeks prior to each meeting.

Consumer Evidence and Engagement Unit

In 2019 a designated “Unit” to allow the development of structured projects of engagement with consumer and patient groups was established within the Department of Health. The HTA Consumer Evidence and Engagement Unit is led by Dr Sally Wortley as the inaugural “Lead” to provide expert coordination and development to this work.

This work, in partnership with the Department of Health, will focus on expanding opportunities for consumers and patients to be central to ensuring that robust decision making can also support better transparency and understanding of HTA decision making processes.


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