Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1181 - Non-mydriatic retinal photography (NMP) in persons with diabetes

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Application Number1181
Application NameNon-mydriatic retinal photography (NMP) in persons with diabetes
Description of Medical ServiceNMP is a non-contact, non-invasive [digital] imaging technique that provides images of the retina and optic disc. NMP provides a means for earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy and vision loss in people with diagnosed diabetes who do not attend an eyecare practitioner for a mydriatic fundus assessment.
Description of Medical ConditionDiabetic retinopathy (DR) is a disease of the retina that eventually develops in nearly all patients with diabetes mellitus and is directly related to poor control of blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipids.

DR progresses in a predicable fashion from minimal to more severe changes if there is no intervention. The earliest clinical signs of DR include microaneurysms and haemorrhages. Visual loss results mainly from macular oedema / and or proliferative diabetic retinotherapy.
Consultation ProtocolConsultation Protocol (PDF 418 KB)
Consultation Protocol (Word 1179 KB)
Final ProtocolFinal Protocol (PDF 516 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 1142 KB)
ReportsAssessment Report (PDF 2895 KB)
Assessment Report (Word 2951 KB)

Assessment Report - Addendum (PDF 401 KB)
Assessment Report - Addendum (Word 17 KB)
MSAC OutcomesPublic Summary Document (PDF 203 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 451 KB)

Meetings for this Application

Meeting Type:Date:
PASC15 and 16 August 2013
12 and 13 December 2013
ESC 8 to 10 October 2014
MSAC 26 to 28 November 2014

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