Health Technology Assessment
Health technologies encompass any service used to promote health
or to prevent, identify or treat disease. This includes
pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical procedures, medical
tests and health programs. In performing a health technology
assessment, we use a well-defined process that generally includes
the conduct of systematic reviews and a health-economic
The CTC has a contract with the Australian
Government Department of Health and Ageing to undertake assessments
on behalf of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). The
role of MSAC is to advise the Minister for Health and Ageing on
whether a new medical service should be publicly funded, on the
basis of an assessment of its comparative safety, effectiveness,
cost-effectiveness and total cost, using the best available
evidence. This process ensures that Australians have access to safe
and clinically effective medical services, via listing on the
Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS), that represent value for money
for the Australian health-care system.
The CTC has also conducted health technology
assessments for other areas of the Department of Health and Ageing,
including the Population Health Division, MBS Quality Framework (in
collaboration with HealthConsult), the Nationally Funded Centres
Program, the Diagnostics Services Branch and the Assisted
Reproductive Technologies Review Committee.
Our health technology assessment work is also part of our
research program and is closely linked to research in test
evaluation. We are members of Health Technology Assessment
International and participate in the annual conference.
To view our reports click here
For more information please contact us at SRHTA@ctc.usyd.edu.au.
At the CTC we evaluate new health
technologies to inform policy making in health care.