Date: 5 June 2023
The Department of Health and Aged Care undertook a public consultation on the key objectives in the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Policy and Methods Review terms of reference.
The RACGP has highlighted some important gaps and recommends that:
- the impact of proposed recommendations on health providers and their experience delivering healthcare should be considered and, those impacted consulted, as part of the assessment process
- the review consider the role of HTA in facilitating point of care testing in general practice
- there should be an evidence-based committee/team who will produce trusted, rigorous living guidelines with 'appropriate use' recommendations. This team should report to the proposed HTA committee. The HTA committee can then use these evidence-based recommendations to inform the affordability, acceptability, and broader community impacts of their recommendations
- there is an investment in building capacity for the collection and analysis of primary care data for post market surveillance.
Read the submission
RACGP response to Health Technology Assessment Policy and Methods Review Terms of Reference (PDF)