The Stoma Product Assessment Panel assesses applications from suppliers of stoma-related products who want to add a product to the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule.

Suppliers can apply any time, and the panel considers applications twice a year.

The panel considers the product’s:

  • safety
  • clinical efficacy
  • quality
  • ease of use
  • cost effectiveness.

The panel then recommends whether or not to approve the application, as well as:

  • the maximum monthly quantity
  • a price for the product
  • any restrictions for use.

The Australian Government makes the final decisions.

Read more about what the panel considers for each product in our guidelines.


Panel members have broad expertise in reviewing economic and clinical evidence, as well as in clinical practice.


Background and experience

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO (Chair)

Review of clinical and economic evidence

Ms Betty Boles

Stomal Therapy Nurse

Ms Hermoine Agee

Australian Council of Stoma Associations (ACSA) representative

Associate Professor Silva Zavarsek

Review of clinical and economic evidence

Dr Sheena Arora

Review of clinical and economic evidence

Dr David Rangiah

Colorectal surgeon

Mr Clyde Foss

Industry representative

Ms Denise Sheard

Consumer representative

Ms Wendy Sansom

Stomal Therapy Nurse


The panel meets twice a year to assess applications. The next meeting dates are:

  • 12 October 2021 (closing date for applications is 13 August 2021)
  • SPAP meeting – 26 April 2022 (closing date for applications is 4 March 2022)
  • SPAP meeting – 18 October 2022 (closing date for applications is 2 September 2022)


Following each meeting, we publish summary documents, including applicant comments and reasons for the panel’s decisions. See the public summary documents for:


Stoma Appliance Scheme and the Stoma Product Assessment Panel contact

Contact us for more information about the Stoma Appliance Scheme or the Stoma Product Assessment Panel, or to apply for the panel to assess one of your products for the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule.

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Last updated: 
9 December 2021