Stoma Product Assessment Panel (SPAP)

The Stoma Product Assessment Panel (SPAP) is an independent technical advice panel appointed by the Department of Health to review applications from suppliers of stoma-related products requesting the inclusion of products on the SAS Schedule.

Page last updated: 18 April 2017

The SPAP was established by the Department in 2002. Following the 2009-10 review of the Scheme, the Panel was restructured to enhance its independence and improve its ability to assess economic evidence. Further information on the Panel in relation to its assessment of product applications can be found in the Stoma Appliance Scheme Application & Assessment Guidelines.

Appointments to the SPAP aim to achieve a balance of expertise in the review of economic and clinical evidence as well as expertise in relevant areas of clinical practice. The Panel is led by an independent Chair, and includes consumer and Australian Council of Stoma Associations (ACSA) representatives. The current membership of the SPAP is set out below.

MemberCapacity / Area of Expertise
Emeritus Professor
Lloyd Sansom AO (Chair)
Review of clinical and economic evidence
Mrs Elizabeth EnglishStomal Therapy Nurse
Mr Geoff RhodesAustralian Council of Stoma Associations (ACSA) representative (non-voting)
Associate Professor Silva ZavarsekReview of clinical and economic evidence
Dr David RangiahColorectal surgeon
Ms Sandra YounieReview of clinical and economic evidence
Mr Richard WardIndustry representative (non-voting)
Ms Jos StockerConsumer Representative
Ms Wendy McNamaraStomal Therapy Nurse
Public Summary Documents pertaining to the outcomes of the applications considered at each SPAP meeting are available on the Public Summary Documents page.

The work of the SPAP is supported by the SPAP Secretariat located within the Department of Health. If you need assistance, please email the Secretariat or phone the SAS Enquiry Line on (02) 6289 2308.