Turnbull government revamps medical device committee

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The Turnbull government will involve industry in its revamped Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) announced today.

Announcing the new PLAC, which will be chaired by current PBAC member, Professor Terry Campbell, Health Minister Sussan Ley said it will consist of a range of representatives, including additional clinicians, TGA and DVA officers and industry representatives from the private health sector.

Government regulates the prices for thousands of medical devices ranging from pacemakers and hip replacements through to the tiniest of orthopaedic screws.

Minister Ley said reforming the PLAC was a necessary first step as part of the Turnbull government’s broader private health reform agenda.

“The number one focus for the new PLAC will be to improve affordability and access to medical devices for consumers. The PLAC will also improve the transparency of the listing process and reduce duplication with the TGA's assessment processes,” said Minister Ley.

Professor Campbell is a Professor of Medicine at University of New South Wales and Head of the Department of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

AusBiotech could seek to be involved in the PLAC on behalf of its medical technology membership.