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South Australian Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (SAPACT)

The South Australian Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (SAPACT) is an expert advisory committee to the South Australia (SA) Department for Health and Ageing. It was convened in May 2014 to establish statewide governance, evaluation and policy advice regarding the use of high-cost and high-risk health technologies in SA.

Health Technology Assessment Policy Directive (PDF 337KB)

Roles

The role of SAPACT includes:

  • Evaluates the safety, clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of high-risk and high-cost non-drug health technologies for use in SA public hospitals.
  • Provides evidence-based recommendations and expert advice in the implementation of new technology in existing model of care and the retirement of obsolete technologies.
  • Promotes equity of access to health technologies in SA.
  • Advises the SA Department on the impact of new health technologies.

For more information, refer to the Terms of reference (PDF 180KB) and SAPACT Horizon Scanning for New Technologies (PDF 375KB).

Scope of evaluation

SAPACT considers non-drug health technology comprising of diagnostic and treatment interventions including diagnostic tests, prostheses, implantable devices and medical and surgical procedures for health technologies not already subject to assessment via other pathways and:

  • Predicted health system expenditure is:
  • ≥ $100,000 for a Local Health Network (LHN) per year; or
  • ≥ $300,000 within the SA public health system per year; or
  • The technology is Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Class III or Active Implantable Medical Device (AIMD), regardless of anticipated expenditure associated with its introduction; or
  • There is potential for system-wide efficiency or quality benefits from a statewide approach to technology implementation.

For more information, refer to the TGA Class III / AMID medical device classification (PDF 346KB).

Application submissions

Clinicians may submit an application for a high-cost or high-risk health technology through their LHNs to SAPACT, following the SAPACT referral pathway.

Meeting dates

SAPACT meets quarterly to review applications for high-risk and high cost health technologies referred by the LHNs. Scheduled meetings for 2017 are:

  • 3 March 2017
  • 2 June 2017
  • 15 September 2017
  • 8 December 2017

Membership

Chaired by Professor Guy Maddern, the SAPACT membership includes Chairs of SA Health LHNs New Technology Committees, SA Department representatives, research and clinical experts, health economist, ethicist and consumer representative. 

See below for a full listing of members.

Contact

For all enquiries, kindly contact Dr Deborah Chen, SAPACT Executive Officer/Senior Project Officer – HTA, at health.SAPACT@sa.gov.au or (08) 8226 7375.

Membership

Name Appointments
Professor Guy Maddern (SAPACT Chair) RP Jepson Professor of Surgery, University of Adelaide;
Clinical Director, Surgical Services, CALHN;
Head, Department General Surgery, TQEH;
Head, Upper Gastrointestinal Unit, TQEH;
Director of Research, Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH;
Surgical Director, ASERNIP-S Royal Australasian College of Surgeons;
Coordinator, Rural Surgical Services, University of Adelaide;
Surgical Clinical Director, Country Health SA LHN;
President, Health Technology Assessment International
Ms Naomi Burgess
SAPACT Convenor
Director, Medicines and Technology Programs and Out of Hospital Pharmacy Services, SA Health
Dr Deborah Chen
SAPACT Executive Officer
Senior Project Officer – Health Technology Assessment, Medicines and Technology Programs, SA Health
Dr Christopher Tan Acting CALHN Rep - Executive Officer, CALHN New Clinical Procedures, Services or Other Interventions Committee
Professor Rob Padbury Clinical Director, Division of Surgery and Perioperative Medicine, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)
Dr Hendrika Meyer Executive Director Medical Services, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)
Dr Cindy Molloy Executive Director, Medical Services, Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN)
Professor John Beltrame Michell Professor of Medicine, University of Adelaide;
Cardiology Academic Lead, CALHN
Professor Teck Yee Khong Member, Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC); Senior Consultant, Surgical Pathology, SA Pathology, Women's and Children's Hospital'
Professor Brendon Kearney Chair, Health Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (HealthPACT);
Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Adelaide;
Consultant, Haematology Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)
Professor Annette Braunacker-Mayer Ethics Health Advisory Council SA Health;
Professor of Health Ethics, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide
Professor Julie Ratcliffe Professor in Health Economics, Flinders University
Professor Tracy Merlin Managing Director, Adelaide Health Technology Assessment, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide;
Academic Lead, Health Economics and Policy
Dr Benjamin Reddi Senior Consultant, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Dr Matthew McConnell Public Health Physician, Clinical Planning Team, Country Health SA
Mr Michael Cousins Chief Executive, Health Consumer’s Alliance of South Australia
Ms Lyn Dean Executive Director, Operational Service Improvement and Demand Management, System Performance and Service Delivery, SA Health
Mr Ken Lang Manager, Planning and Clinical Commissioning, SA Health
Mr Quinton Swann
Observer
Director, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, SA Health
Ms Anne Mussared Consumer Representative, Health Consumer Alliance

 

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