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The true role of horizon scanning in Australia: Who it informs and why

  • Linda Mundy (a1), Janet Hiller (a2) and Tracy Merlin (a3)
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The article by O'Malley and Jordan (2009) contains fundamental errors and misunderstands the process it claims to describe (4).

The premise of the paper is that the Australian and New Zealand Horizon Scanning Network (ANZHSN) “was set up to scan the introduction of new and emerging medical technologies into the public sector, with consideration to the private sector.” However, the terms of reference of the policy body (HealthPACT) directing the ANZHSN's activities state that its role is to “provide a forum for monitoring, reviewing, and sharing information regarding health technology to inform service planning and policy development in the public sector” (1). HealthPACT is largely a jurisdictional committee, with representation from the Australian Government, each of its seven states and territories, the New Zealand Health Ministry and district health boards.

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1. Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government. Australia and New Zealand Horizon Scanning Network – Terms of Reference. Canberra, Australia: DoHA; 2009. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/horizon/publishing.nsf/Content/Terms+of+Reference-1 (accessed May 12, 2010).
2. Kearney, BJ, Blamey, SL. Health technology assessment in Australia. Med J Aust. 2008;188:495.
3. Mundy, L, Merlin, TL, Parrella, A, et al. The Australia and New Zealand horizon scanning network. Aust Health Rev. 2005;29:395397.
4. O'Malley, SP, Jordan, E. Horizon scanning of new and emerging medical technology in Australia: Its relevance to Medical Services Advisory Committee health technology assessments and public funding. Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2009;25:374382.
5. Weedon, D. Health technology assessment in Australia. Med J Aust. 1999;171:551552.
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International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
  • ISSN: 0266-4623
  • EISSN: 1471-6348
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