About the Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC)

The PLAC’s primary role is to make recommendations and provide advice to the Minister for Health.

Page last updated: 04 August 2017

The Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) has an independent Chair and is made up of individuals with expertise in:

  • health technology assessment
  • specialist surgery/interventional work
  • health economics, and
  • consumer issues.

The PLAC also includes representatives of the private health insurance industry.

The PLAC’s primary role is to make recommendations and provide advice to the Minister for Health. Advice from the PLAC enables the Minister to exercise his or her powers under the Private Health Insurance Act 2007. The PLAC also advises the department on the listing of medical devices and their benefits on the Prostheses List. Using evidence, the PLAC makes recommendations on the most clinically and cost effective devices. This ensures that privately insured Australians have access to a range of medical devices that are clinically effective and value for money.

The PLAC’s size and composition is decided in consultation with the Minister. Members are drawn from a wide range of experts and stakeholder advisers. Clinical and technical expert members of the PLAC are appointed by the department in consultation with the Minister.

Committee Membership

Name Role Specialty
Professor Terry Campbell (AM) Chair  
Dr Henry Ko Consumer Representative  
A/Prof David Morgan OAM Expert Member Hip/Knee
Dr Orso Osti Expert Member Spinal
Dr Ian McRae Expert Member Health Economics
Dr David Robinson Expert Member Vascular
Dr Rosemary Korda Expert Member Epidemiology
Prof Bill Heddle Expert Member Cardiac/Cardiothoracic
Prof Allan Glanville Expert Member General/Lung
Prof Anne Simmons Expert Member Medical Technology
Adj/Prof Jim Butler Expert Member Health Economics
Ms Emma Bognar Advisory Member Australian Private Hospitals
Ms Cathy Ryan Advisory Member Catholic Health Australia
Dr Christopher Dalton Advisory Member Private Healthcare Australia
Dr Jui Tham Advisory Member HIRMAA
Ms Andrea Kunca Advisory Member MTAA
Dr Greg Roger Advisory Member AusBiotech
Ms Gabrielle Moreland Advisory Member Day Hospitals Australia
Ms Adriana Platona - TGA Representative
Prof Robyn Ward - MSAC Representative
Ms Robyn Kemp - DVA Representative

PLAC Terms of Reference

PDF version: PLAC Terms of Reference (PDF 25 KB)
Word version: PLAC Terms of Reference (Word 30 KB)

PLAC Operational Guidelines

PDF version: Prostheses List Advisory Committee Operational Guidelines (PDF 121 KB)
Word version: Prostheses List Advisory Committee Operational Guidelines (Word 552 KB)

For further information about the PLAC reform work and the previous PLAC meeting communiques, please see the PLAC reform news and communiques page.