ANZSCTS Government Relations Committee
Purpose & Scope
The ANZSCTS is the peak professional body for the cardiothoracic specialty and will advocate on behalf of members, with the government on all MSAC submissions, assessments, proposals and existing MBS Item number reviews. The ANZSCTS Government Relations Committee considers any proposed submissions / assessments / proposals /reviews pertaining to the cardiothoracic specialty and develops the Society’s position with regard to matters of this nature and the implications for cardiothoracic surgeons and the broader healthcare sector. The deliberations and recommendations from the working group are then considered by the ANZSCTS Executive.
Government Relations Committee Members
- Jayme Bennetts – Chair of the committee
- Phillip Antippa
- Robert Larbalestier
- George Matalanis
- Andrew Newcomb
- Jurgen Passage
- Peter Pohlner
- Lucas Sanders
- Gil Shardey
- James Tatoulis
- Michael Yii
- Michael Winlaw
- Hugh Wolfenden
Current Professional Advocacy Topics
A list of topics we are currently providing professional advocacy for is available below. This page will be updated as the Society receives updates from the various Department of Health sections.
1. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation.
The Society issued a letter to MSAC on the protocol for the MSAC application 1361. The letter had been sent to the Department of Health which will be considered by the Protocol Advisory Committee.
2. MSAC review of left ventricular assist device MBS item numbers.
Paul Jansz and David McGiffin have been engaged to comment.
3. MBS review of percutaneous coronary interventions.
The Society will request that the ANZSCTS become an active member on the PCI working group. Providing an advisory role to the working group is not appropriate as it impacts clinical safety and effective service and requires a surgical perspective. The ANZSCTS will be asking for an extension of time to allow the Society to nominate a representative (another month on top of the 12 March deadline).
4. Cardiac MRI Cardiomyopathy.
5. Bronchoscopy with thermoplasty.
6. RACS position statement on the care of the paediatric position statement.
7. Choosing Wisely recommendations on cardiac surgery.
8. RACS review of the post-fellowship education & training program.
New Applications for Professional Advocacy
To submit a new application to ANZSCTS please begin by selecting the topic below. Complete the required information fields & upload any relevant documents. The society will contact you for more details if required before the executive assesses the application.