Nationally Funded Centres
- there is optimal access to certain high cost, low demand, new and emerging technologies regardless of geographical location, in the context of workforce and resource availability
- these technologies are provided efficiently and effectively
- requirements for high quality and safe introduction and ongoing provision of these technologies have been defined and implemented
- health and cost outcomes of these technologies are monitored and evaluated
On referal from AHMAC the MSAC assesses applications for the NFC program and evaluates the operation of existing NFCs, with a view to strengthening the role of evidence in health financing decisions in Australia.
Under MSAC’s 4th term of reference, the Committee can “undertake health technology assessment work referred by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC), and report its findings to AHMAC”.
Further information on the National funded centres program may be found with the NFC Secretariat currently based in SA Health
Finished Reviews for NFCs Reference 36 a-e can be located on the Historical Resources Page
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The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council’s Nationally Funded Centre (NFC) program began in 1991, following endorsement by Australian Health Ministers of a national policy for the efficient provision of highly specialised, low demand, medical technologies.
The objectives of the NFC program are to ensure that: