General Surgery Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Information about the General Surgery Clinical Committee – MBS item range, membership and meeting dates.

Page last updated: 25 June 2018

MBS item range

Total – 246 MBS Items
Category 3 – Therapeutic Procedures
T1- Miscellaneous Therapeutic Procedures

  • Subgroup 13 – Other Therapeutic Procedures
    14212 (1 item)
  • Group T8 – Surgical Operations
    30001 – 30189 (33 items), 30216 – 30472 (86 items), 30496 – 30620, 30675, 30679, 31245 – 31566 (117 items, 31569 – 31590 (8 items)
  • Subgroup 16 – Radio Frequency Ablation
    50950 – 50952 (2 items)


  • Professor David Watters – General Surgeon, emergency surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery; Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Vice President of Professional Development and Standards Board (PDSB);
  • Council Member of RACS; Member of International Committee of RACS; Honorary Life Member of General Surgeons Australia.
  • Professor Phillip Carson - General Surgeon and Subspecialty surgery; Chair, Court of Examiners, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • Prof Phillip Crow - Surgical oncologist; Researcher at University of NSW Director of the Sydney Sarcoma Unit and Co-director of the Sarcoma Research Group at UNSW.
  • Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan - Senior Staff Specialist Gastroenterologist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle; Senior Clinical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; Chair of the Gastroenterology Clinical Committee; Conjoint Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle.
  • Professor David Fletcher - General Surgeon, upper gastrointestinal surgery, endoscopy, liver transplants; RACS Councillor; Head of Department of General Surgery at Fiona Stanley Perth; RACS Specialty Elected Councillor - General Surgery; MSAC member
  • Assoc Prof Neil Collier - Upper gastrointestinal surgery, hepatopancreatico-biliary surgery and treatment of bile duct injuries; Chairman of the General Surgical Clinical Institute at Epworth Healthcare.
  • Assoc Professor Austin Curtin - General Surgeon, St Vincent's, Lismore, NSW; Former inaugural Chair of the NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching.
  • Mr Adrian Fox – General Surgeon, bariatric, upper GI, and oesophageal surgery; consultant surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital and Eastern Health, Box Hill Hospital.
  • Mr Phil Truscott - General Surgeon, upper gastrointestinal and hepatobillary surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick; RACS Censor in Chief.
  • Dr Robert Padbury - General Surgery, hepatobiliary surgery ; Surgical Director, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide.
  • Dr Linda Weber – Anaesthetist; Executive Editor, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care ASA, Anaesthetist at Brindabella Specialist Centre
  • Dr Simon Torvaldsen - General Practioner; Chair of the AMA WA Council of General Practice
  • Professor Michael Besser – Neurosurgeon; (ex-officio); Taskforce Member
  • Dr Tammy Kimpton –General Practioner; (ex officio); Taskforce Member
  • Ms Joanne Baumgartner - Consumer
  • Ms Susanne Tegen - Consumer

Meeting dates

  • 12 June 2018