MSAC opens public consultation on reforms


The Department of Health has opened a public consultation with the release of the first set of draft documents about the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) Process Reforms.

The draft documents include eight recommendations, based on a 2014 review by the independent Apis Group into MSAC process, which provided advice on improvements based on stakeholder consultation.

At its broadest level, the proposed Reforms aim to deliver a set of streamlined MSAC processes and supporting activities.

The Department now seeks comment and feedback from all stakeholders interested in the MSAC process, on the following draft documents:

  • Tier 0 Process Map – that provides a schematic view of the documentation/ artefacts to be developed, which will support the reformed process.
  • Tier 1 Process Map – that provides a summary level of the reformed process.
  • Segmentation Framework – one of the most significant changes to the MSAC process will be the introduction of the Segmentation Framework. This is the overarching document that will help categorise applications and tailor the most efficient pathway, including the evidence requirements, for each application through the MSAC process.
  • Application Form and Guidelines – this application form describes the information that the Department requires, to determine whether the proposed service is suitable for consideration by MSAC. Guidelines have been developed that assist with completing the form.
  • PICO Confirmation Template – the PICO Confirmation (currently known as the Protocol) will be prepared by an Assessment Group contracted by the Department. The aim of the PICO Confirmation is to articulate the Population, Indication, Comparator and Outcome of the proposed service.

The Department notes that all documents are draft and reflect a proposed MSAC process. It says these are subject to change and will be informed by the feedback the Department receives through this consultation process.

These documents can be accessed from the Department’s consultation hub, Citizen Space, until 12 February 2016.

Should you have any questions regarding these documents or the MSAC Reforms process, please email the MSAC Reform inbox at:

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