Letter to Department of Health PHI 86/20 Prostheses List: Consultation Paper – options for Reforms and Improvements to the Prostheses List
The Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ). NSANZ is a not-for-profit medical society aimed at;
– Raising awareness of neuromodulation,
– Promoting knowledge and understanding of neuromodulation
– Promoting the safe and professional practice of neuromodulation
– Promoting, assisting and encouraging research into the field of neuromodulation
Implantable devices are used for defined medical conditions include pain, functional neurological pelvic disorders like incontinence and movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease. These therapies have been defined and studied and when used appropriately for the correct indication can be lifesaving.
Important points to be made for this submission
1) It is disappointing that this consultation paper seeks to present the current arrangements regarding prostheses benefit setting in such a negative way, particularly given the role that the prosthesis listing has to ensure access for patients and clinicians choice when it comes to access medical technology in the private sector.
2) We understand the need to reduce cost pressures on the private health insurers, but this must not be at the expense of patients not receiving a defined therapy that is indicated and that they require. We will provide an argument as such below.
3) We request a representative of our society be included in the discussions moving forward on this consultative process with the aim of providing this cost-effective therapy for those that need it most and to avoid unnecessary patient suffering and an ongoing burden to the community.
Letter to The Age/SMH newspapers after concerning article on the use of Pain devices
Following the article ‘To hell and back: Devices meant to ease pain are causing trauma’ by Liam Mannix, in The Age and SMH newspapers, NSANZ lodged a complaint with the editor of these papers, stating:
‘From a medical perspective, the recent article “To hell and back” is concerning in terms of the inaccuracies and the lack of disclosure by the journalist . We believe this is not a balanced piece of journalism, which the public has come to expect from a reputable newspaper such as yours (The Age and SMH).’
Letter to federal health minister – regarding MBS changes
On 28 February 2022 NSANZ sent a letter to the federal Health Minister, The Hon Greg Hunt, stating concerns following the changes with MBS and calling for further changes to be made.
NSANZ are calling for the following to be done immediately:
– The role out of these changes to be halted.
– The inconsistencies require careful and urgent re-consideration and correction.
– The many unanswered questions need clear answers and explanations.
– The MBS Task Force Committee will need to be re-convened to understand why their recommendations were not implemented.
– Corrections, explanations need to be made.
– Answers to our questions need to be addressed.
‘I am free’: New spinal cord stimulation study allows paralysed man to walk again
NSANZ Newsletter – Spring 2021
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As we enter the final quarter of the 2021, I find myself reflecting on 2021 and what 2022, will look like.
Social restrictions may be lifting imminently, which is a relief for the our communities, but hospital restrictions will continue for the foreseeable future, notably here in Victoria, so we are again, entering uncharted territory. Restrictions include a 50% restriction on theatre time as well as restrictions to Category 1 and Category 2-urgent cases. What this means on the ground for our patients, only time will tell.
NSANZ ASM 2021 Write Up
A total of 209 delegates registered for the virtual NSANZ 2021, including delegates, presenters and sponsor representatives.
The program included 3 plenary sessions, 8 concurrent sessions, 6 sponsored sessions, 6 Meet the Experts sponsored sessions and 17 3-minute e-poster recordings.
NSANZ Newsletter – Winter 2020
We’re all holding our breath for a second time in 2020, where Victoria is in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19. Despite this our patients continue to suffer and struggle and now, more than ever, need our steady, consistent care.I’ve noticed two groups of patients during these times; one group of patients laughs and tells me that their chronic pain has resulted in them living in lockdown for many years, long before the coronavirus changed our worlds. The other group of patients are suffering more than usual and have been reaching out to our allied health services and psychiatrists more than ever. So please be on high alert for your patients.
NSANZ COVID-19 Statement
The Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand supports the Australian Government’s decision to temporarily suspend elective surgery, except for; Category 1 and urgent Category 2 procedures.
The Prime Minister has left the categorisation of the proposed surgery (Category 1 or urgent Category 2) to the treating physicians/surgeons.
It is vital that we as physicians/surgeons, both morally and ethically, do what is correct for our patients, their families and our communities, both local and global.
We must do what is right.
NSANZ Newsletter – Summer 2019
Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to the Summer edition of the NSANZ Newsletter.
2019 has been a busy year and as the end of the year draws near it feels like we are all in need of a well-deserved summer break.
Our Board has worked tirelessly this year and we have recently held our yearly NSANZ strategic meeting in Melbourne. Everyone was in attendance. Matthew Keys and Megan Hannah were delayed from their flight out of Brisbane but did make it.
We spent time aligning our activities to our mission, which is to promote knowledge and professional practice of neuromodulation as well as to advocate for and encourage research in this field of medicine.
NSANZ Newsletter – Spring 2019
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Members,
Welcome to the first edition of the NSANZ Newsletter.
As you are aware neuromodulation benefits thousands of patients a year globally.
The neuromodulation world is changing rapidly and NSANZ needs to do the same. As a society, we need to be nimble and proactive, so following this there are some changes afoot and we will keep you in the loop with this local edition newsletter quarterly.
Our plans are to gradually expand our board, so that we can focus on discrete projects. Board Members are Marc Russo, Richard Sullivan, Murray Taverner, James Yu, Phil Finch, Mo Awad, Matt Keys, Christin Bird and welcome to new Board Member Megan Hannah.