1196.3 - Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of depression (Resubmission)

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Description of Medical Service

Repetitive 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 Condition

Major Depression 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 behaviour. 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.

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Feedback and comments are welcome at any stage during the MSAC process. Please provide comments on Application 1196.2 via a maximum of two A4 pages to HTA@health.gov.au (making sure that you type the application number at the start of your comments and in the subject heading of your email).

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28-29 November 2019