Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee (MRAC)

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee (MRAC) supports the MBS Continuous Review to ensure the MBS is contemporary, sustainable, evidence based, and supports universal access to high value care for all Australians.

Role

The MRAC is an independent, clinician and consumer-led committee established to advise Government, as part of the MBS Continuous Review, on publicly funded services listed on the MBS.

Find out more about the MRAC review process and how to submit a review request.

Members

The MRAC is comprised of practising clinicians, academics, health system experts and consumers.

Member

Speciality

Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan (Chair)

 Policy and Clinical Advisor / Gastroenterology

Ms Jo Watson (Deputy Chair)

Consumer Representative

Dr Jason Agostino

General Practice / Epidemiology / Indigenous Health

Dr Matt Andrews

Radiology

Professor John Atherton

Cardiology

Professor Wendy Brown

General Surgeon – Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery

Professor Adam Elshaug

Health Services / Systems Research

Ms Margaret Foulds

Psychology

Associate Professor Sally Green

Health Services / Systems Research

Dr Chris Helms

Nurse Practitioner

Professor Harriet Hiscock

Paediatrics

Professor Anthony Lawler

Health Services Administration / Emergency Medicine

Ms Alison Marcus

Consumer Representative

Associate Professor Elizabeth Marles

General Practice / Indigenous Health

Dr Sue Masel

Rural General Practice

Professor Christobel Saunders

General Surgeon – Breast Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery

Associate Professor Ken Sikaris

Pathology

Ms Robyn Stephen

Paediatric Speech Pathology

Associate Professor Angus Turner

Ophthalmology / Rural and Remote Medicine

Professor Christopher Vertullo

Orthopaedic Surgery

Associate Professor Andrew Singer Principal Medical Advisor, Department of Health and Aged Care

To learn more about the members of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee (MRAC), see our member biographies

Current reviews

The MRAC has established working groups to consider:

  • The introduction of MBS items for genetic counselling services
  • Surgical assistant billing arrangements
  • Colonoscopy - Post-implementation review of Nov 2019 changes to colonoscopy MBS items
  • Vascular interventional radiology services

Working groups: 

  • engage with stakeholders and subject matter experts
  • prepare draft reports for consultation 
  • submit final reports to the MRAC for endorsement. 

Once the MRAC endorses a working group’s final report, it will be provided to the Minister for Health and Aged Care for consideration.

Current Reviews Progress Next Milestone
Introduction of MBS items for genetic counselling services and genetic test requesting rights for HGSA registered genetic counsellors. Genetic Counselling Working Group was established as an outcome of the 1 February 2022 MRAC meeting. Consideration by Government.
Targeted Consultation of Genetic Counselling Working Group findings closed COB 15 July 2022.
Draft recommendations endorsed by the MBS Review Advisory Committee 5 August 2022.
Six week public consultation of Genetic Counselling Working Group Draft Final Report closed 7 October 2022.
MRAC endorsed the Final Report on 6 December 2022.
Surgical assistant billing arrangements and the eligibility of non-medical surgical assistants for remuneration via the MBS Surgical Assistants Working Group was established as an outcome of the 1 February 2022 MRAC meeting. Consideration by Government
Draft recommendations endorsed by the MBS Review Advisory Committee 5 August 2022.
Six week public Consultation of Surgical Assistant Working Group Draft Final Report closed 7 October 2022.
MRAC endorsed the Surgical Assistant Working Group Final Report at its on 6 December 2022 meeting.
Colonoscopy Post Implementation Review Colonoscopy Working Group established as an outcome of the 5 August 2022 MRAC meeting. MRAC consideration 2023.
Vascular interventional radiology services Vascular Interventional Radiology Services Working Group established as an outcome of the 5 August 2022 MRAC meeting. MRAC consideration 2023.

Meetings

The inaugural meeting of the MRAC was held on 9 November 2021. MRAC meets 4 times a year.

The first meeting for 2023 is scheduled for March.

Communiques

Each quarterly communique contains updates from the MRAC including:

  • meeting outcomes
  • progress on current reviews
  • advice about upcoming reviews.

Contact

MBS Continuous Review contact

Contact us with questions about the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Continuous Review.
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