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About the Clinical Advisory Committee

Clinical Advisory Committee members provide high-level technical and clinical advice to the Pricing Authority on a range of issues, such as activity based funding, classification development, IHPA policy development, and inform the National Efficient Price and National Efficient Cost.

The Clinical Advisory Committee is a statutory committee established under Part 4.10 of the National Health Reform Act 2011.

The functions of the committee are described
in s. 177:

  • to advise the Pricing Authority in relation to developing and specifying classification systems for health care and other services provided by public hospitals
  • to advise the Pricing Authority in relation to matters that:
    • relate to the functions of the Pricing Authority, and
    • are referred to the Clinical Advisory Committee by the Pricing Authority
  • to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of the above functions.

Membership

The members of the committee are appointed by the Australian Government Minister for Health, and are drawn from a range of clinical specialties and backgrounds to ensure the committee represents a wide range of clinical expertise.

Appointments are based on individual expertise rather than as a representative of an organisation, peak body or jurisdiction. Remuneration is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

The Chair of the committee, Associate Professor Alasdair MacDonald, reports to the Australian Government Minister for Health, and is supported by IHPA staff.

Table 2.1: Membership and meetings of the Clinical Advisory Committee in 2018–19

Name

Position

Specialty

Meetings eligible

Meetings attended

A/Prof Alasdair MacDonald

Chair

Internal Medicine

4

4

Prof Gerard Carroll

Member

Cardiology/Rural

4

2

Ms Sue Davis1

Member

Nursing

2

2

Ms Jan Erven

Member

Occupational Therapy

4

3

Mr Anthony Graham Fish

Member

Allied Health

4

4

Prof Leon Flicker

Member

Geriatrics/Indigenous Health

4

4

A/Prof Liza Heslop

Member

Nursing/Pregnancy and Childbirth

4

2

Dr Philip Hoyle

Member

Administration

4

2

A/Prof Louis Irving

Member

Respiratory/Indigenous Health

4

3

Dr Amod Karnik

Member

Intensive Care Medicine

4

3

Dr Amanda Ling

Member

Administration

4

2

Ms Amber Polles

Member

Pharmacy

4

4

Prof Sally Tracy

Member

Midwifery

4

3

A/Prof Melinda Truesdale

Member

Emergency Medicine

4

3

A/Prof Paul Varghese

Member

Geriatrics/Rehabilitation

4

4

Dr Ruth Vine

Member

Psychiatry

4

2

A/Prof Andrew Wei

Member

Haematology

4

1

A/Prof Bernard Whitfield

Member

Ear Nose and Throat Surgery/ Injuries/Trauma

4

3

A/Prof Daryl Williams

Member

Anaesthesia and Pain Management

4

1

W/Prof Fiona Wood

Member

Burns

4

0

Dr Jo Wright

Member

Rural Medical Practice

4

3

Dr Kathryn Zeitz

Member

Nursing

4

2

1Ms Sue Davis resigned from the Clinical Advisory Committee effective 30 November 2018.

Clinical Advisory Committee meetings 2018–19

20 August 2018

29 October 2018

4 February 2019

29 April 2019