Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1196 - Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of depression.

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Application Number1196
Application NameRepetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
Description of Medical ServiceRepetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a focal brain stimulation treatment. Small electrical currents that pass through an electromagnetic coil held near the patient’s scalp stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood regulation and depression (motor cortex). rTMS does not require an anaesthetic and there is no associated cognitive impairment or other serious side effects.
Description of Medical ConditionMajor Depression (DSM IV) is a disorder of mood with features of depressed mood, loss of energy and interest, loss of pleasure, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, sleep and appetite disturbance and suicidal thoughts and behavior. Accompanying disability can be severe and lead to social and occupational disruption.

There are a range of different treatments available to treat major depressive disorders, including medication and psychological treatments. However, 10% to 30% of patients with major depression do not respond to antidepressant medication.
Consultation Protocol1 October 2012 – 9 November 2012
PDF version Consultation Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 1023 KB)
Word version Consultation Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 217 KB)
Final Protocol PDF version Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 355 KB)
Word version Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 14880 KB)
ReportsFinal Assessment Report (PDF 1455 KB)
Final Assessment Report (Word 1657 KB)
MSAC OutcomesPublic Summary Document (PDF 85 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 138 KB)

Meetings for this Application

Meeting Type:Date:
PASC16 – 17 August 2012
13 – 14 December 2012
ESC 12 - 13 June 2014
MSAC 26 to 28 November 2014

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