Our convenor Jim Marshall appears before the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs as part of their inquiry into The availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs in Australia.
To see clips of some of Jim's contributions on YouTube:
Click here. (14 minutes)
Our submission (PDF)
Jim's opening statement (PDF)
Answers to questions on notice (PDF)
Video of the whole event on the Parliamentary Channel
Click here. Jim scoots in at 1:28:00, starts to speak at 1:42:00, scoots out at 2:34:00
Minister of Health announces review of PBAC
PBAC review guidelines
The Australian Senate launched an Inquiry into:
The availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs in Australia.
The Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group made a submission to the inquiry. A number of members made individual submissions.
Our convenor, Jim Marshall, was invited to make our case before the Senate Inquiry in Canberra on 20 April 2015.
A substantial part of our case was the unfairness brought about by the operations of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) which advises the Australian Government which drugs go on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
One result - PBAC review
One of the results was that a week later the Australian Department of Health announced a review of the PBAC to "address technical methods issues raised by the PBAC and stakeholders".
Jim thanked all members who contributed, particularly Paul Hobson who, along with Alan Barlee, did much of the groundwork for us.