Australian Government - Department of Health

Health Technology Assessment

Useful Links

Department of Health (DoH)

The Health website provides information about all Health functions and activities.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

The TGA website provides a comprehensive overview of all TGA functions.

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989

The Therapeutic Goods Act, Regulations and Orders set out the requirements for inclusion of therapeutic goods in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, including advertising, labeling, product appearance and appeal guidelines.

Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods

The Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) was established under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

The ARTG is a computer database of therapeutic goods. Therapeutic goods are divided broadly into three classes: medicines, biologicals and medical devices. Unless exempt, medicines must be entered as either 'registered' or 'listed' medicines, and biological and medical devices must be 'included' before they may be supplied in or exported from Australia.

TGA – Regulation of blood and blood components

This page on the TGA website provides information on the regulation of blood and blood components regulated under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

TGA – Regulation of Devices

This page on the TGA website provides information on the regulation of medical devices including a wide range of products such as medical gloves, bandages, syringes, condoms, contact lenses, in vitro diagnostic devices, disinfectants, X-ray equipment, surgical lasers, pacemakers, dialysis equipment, baby incubators, heart valves.

TGA – Regulation of Prescription Medicines

The page on the TGA website provides information on the regulation of prescription medicines.

MBS online

The MBS Online website contains the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), a listing of the Medicare services subsidised by the Australian Government. The Schedule is part of the wider Medicare Benefits Scheme managed by the Department of Health and administered by the Department of Human Services. MBS Online contains the latest MBS information and is updated as changes to the MBS occur.

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

The MSAC website provides the terms of reference, MSAC application process, membership and a list of current and completed MSAC assessments.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

This web site contains the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits, a listing of the medicines subsidised by the Australian Government.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

This web page provides information about the PBAC including information on its subcommittees. It lists the PBAC membership and includes PBAC outcomes and public summary documents.

Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC )

This page provides information on the function of the PLAC including the function of various Clinical Advisory Groups (CAGs) and Panels of Clinical Experts. This page also includes PLAC Bulletins which provide stakeholders with information regarding current and future Prostheses List cycles.

Prostheses List

This page provides access to the Prostheses List. Under the Private Health Insurance Act 2007, private health insurers are required to pay benefits for a range of prostheses that are provided as part of an episode of hospital treatment or hospital substitute treatment for which a patient has cover and for which a Medicare benefit is payable for the associated professional service.

The Prostheses List contains prostheses and human tissue prostheses and the benefit to be paid by the private health insurers.

Other useful links

Medicines and Medical Device Regulation Review

On 15 September 2016 the Australian Government Response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation was released. It identifies ways to improve access to therapeutic goods for consumers and remove unnecessary red-tape for industry whilst maintaining the safety of therapeutic goods in Australia.

Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia (HTA Review)

This website provides a comprehensive overview of the 2009 HTA Review, including stakeholder submissions, discussion papers and the final HTA Review report.

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