MSAC Guidelines Review

Page last updated: 15 August 2020 (this page is generated automatically and reflects updates to other content within the website)


The Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) is an independent committee that was established by the Minister for Health in 1998. The committee comprises individuals with expertise in clinical medicine, health economics and consumer matters.

MSAC evaluates medical services, health technologies and health programs proposed for public funding to advise the Minister for Health on whether a medical service, health technology or program should be publically funded, and the circumstances in which it should be funded. Supported by the Evaluation (ESC) and the PICO Advisory (PASC) Sub-committees, MSAC assesses applications based on comparative safety, clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness and financial impact using best available evidence

The MSAC Guidelines (Therapeutic Guidelines (TG) and Investigative Guidelines (IG)) for preparing Assessment Reports for MSAC and associated Assessment Report templates, provide practical information on how to present evidence to the MSAC and its subcommittees. The guidelines are also used by other stakeholders including Health Technology Assessment Groups, the medical profession, industry, clinical and patient groups, and the general community as a source of information.

The guidelines promote processes to ensure Australians have access to safe, clinically effective and cost-effective medical services, health technologies and health programs.

Scope and Outline of the Review

A review of the MSAC Guidelines (the Review) has commenced to ensure assessment processes are aligned with best practice in Health Technology Assessment for therapeutic and investigative medical technologies and services. The Review will look at the current versions of TG (version 2.0, March 2016) and IG (version 3.0, July 2017), and address the technical methods issues in the TG and IG raised by the MSAC and stakeholders since the last substantial revision. The updated guidelines will provide guidance for newer technologies including for genetic testing for heritable diseases and other screening tests. An external contractor, Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA), has been tasked to review and develop draft TG and IG for consultation.

Stakeholders will have the opportunity to engage with and provide comments on draft guidelines during the call for public submissions. Notification of the call for submissions will be placed on the MSAC website. Subscribers to MSAC’s email bulletin will be notified by email.

Guidelines Review Steering Committee and Technical Reference Group

The Guidelines Review Steering Committee (SC) has been established to provide strategic oversight. The Technical Reference Group (TRG) provides technical oversight.

The SC consists of representatives from the MSAC, the ESC and other technical experts. The SC members are:
  • Ms Adriana Platona (Chair) – Departmental officer
  • Professor Robyn Ward – MSAC Chair
  • Professor Kwun Fong – ESC Chair & MSAC Deputy Chair
  • Professor Andrew Wilson – PASC Chair
  • Ms Debra Kay – MSAC member
  • Professor Emily Lancsar – MSAC & ESC member
  • Dr Sarah Norris – MSAC member & ESC Deputy Chair
  • Dr Neil Everest – Departmental Officer
  • Mr Andrew Mitchell – Departmental Officer
  • Ms Natasha Ryan – Departmental Officer
  • Dr Alicia Segrave – Departmental Officer
  • Ms Renaye Lucchese - Departmental Officer
The Review’s TRG has been established to provide technical advice to the Steering Committee and the external contractor in the development of the draft guidelines. It comprises the following representatives:
  • Dr Sarah Norris (Chair) – MSAC member & ESC Deputy Chair
  • Associate Professor Adrienne Morey – MSAC & PASC member
  • Associate Professor Hossein Afzali – ESC member
  • Professor Patrick Bossuyt – Technical Expert
  • Associate Professor Katy Bell – ESC member
  • Ms Linda Mundy – RCPA representative
  • Professor Michael Barton – RANZCR representative
  • Dr Sally Wortley – Consumer Consultative Committee member
  • Mr Andrew Mitchell – Departmental Officer
  • Dr Neil Everest – Departmental officer
  • Dr David Hau – Departmental officer (TGA)
  • Dr Catherine Brogan – Departmental Officer