PBAC seek haematologist


A haematologist member is being sought by the PBS gatekeeper, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

The Department of Health is seeking expressions of interest from medical specialists, particularly in the field of haematology, for the independent expert Committee that evaluates the cost effectiveness of new drugs and makes recommendations to the Minister of Health on PBS listings.

Members of the PBAC are expected to appraise evidence and interpret the comparative outcomes of drug therapies. The 21 members typically take part in six PBAC meetings a year as well as attend stakeholder forums.

According to the PBAC, appointments are usually for four years and members currently receive an annual salary of $55,440 in addition to costs to cover attendance at meetings.

Currently the PBAC has two haematologist members: Professor Phoebe Joy Ho of the Myeloma Research Unit, Institute of Haematology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and Dr Kylie Mason, a clinical and laboratory haematologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The closing date for applications is November 25, 2020. More information is available via the RACP.

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