Report of the Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia
The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon, and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Hon Lindsay Tanner, have welcomed the report of the Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia (HTA Review)
. The HTA Review has recommended key improvements to the way new health technologies, procedures and services are assessed for public and private funding in Australia, in line with international best practice.
Implementation of HTA Review Report Recommendations
The Government has committed to implementing 13 of the 16 recommendations from the HTA Review. Recommendations 13, 14 and 15 are the subject of further Government consideration.
Planning, preparation and design of each of the accepted recommendations has begun. A number of recommendations are due for implementation during July 2010, including Recommendation 6 (Establishment of a Single Entry Point) and Recommendation 9 (Streamlining and strengthening MSAC’s operations), which will coincide with the public launch of a new HTA website (Recommendation 4) following stakeholder consultation on the website, in accordance with the requirements of the recommendations.
A phased approach to implementation is being adopted, whereby improvements to current systems will progressively occur in stages following the initial changes made in July 2010.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Website
The Department has developed a new website which provides a comprehensive overview of current Australian Government HTA processes used to inform decisions about the registration of health technologies for use in Australia and the reimbursement of these technologies provided under various funding programs, including the Medicare Benefits Schedule, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Prostheses List.
The website is part of the Australian Government's response to the December 2009 Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia (HTA Review) and arose from stakeholders identifying the need to have comprehensive information about Australian Government HTA processes available in one central point in an easy to use format.
The website also provides a portal to the HTA Access Point (referred to during the HTA Review as a single entry point) which will assist potential applicants seeking assessment of codependent and hybrid technologies.
Access the new Australian government HTA website
If you wish to seek further information about the HTA Review or the implementation of the recommendations, please contact:
Health Technology Taskforce
Health Technology and Medical Services Group
by e-mailing the HTA Review Inbox