Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

Page last updated: 22 October 2015

The PBAC is an independent expert body appointed by the Australian Government. Members include doctors, health professionals, health economists and consumer representatives.

Its primary role is to recommend new medicines for listing on the PBS. No new medicine can be listed unless the committee makes a positive recommendation.  The PBAC meets three times a year, usually in March, July and November.

When recommending a medicine for listing, the PBAC takes into account the medical conditions for which the medicine was registered for use in Australia, its clinical effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness (‘value for money’) compared with other treatments.

PBAC has two sub-committees to assist with analysis and advice in these areas:

Contact details for the PBAC can be found in PBS Contacts

Agendas, outcomes and public summary documents of PBAC meetings can be found under elements of the listing process

Current Membership

Professor Andrew Wilson is the Chair of the PBAC.  He has specialist professional qualifications in clinical medicine and public health medicine and a PhD in epidemiology. 

Professor Terry Campbell is Professor of Medicine at University of New South Wales and Head of the Department of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney.

Professor Catherine Cole is a consultant paediatric haematologist and oncologist and clinical researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth WA and Director Paediatric Laboratory Haematology, PathCentre, QEII Medical Centre Perth WA.  She is also Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Haematology/Oncology at the University of WA.

Professor Jonathan Craig is a senior staff specialist in paediatric nephrology from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW.  He holds his professorship in Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney.  He is also a current member of Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).

Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer is a clinical academic in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia and is a Geriatrician/ Clinical Pharmacologist at Royal Perth Hospital. Professor Etherton-Beer has research interests in ageing and aged care, stroke, medical education and pharmaco-geriatrics.

Associate Professor Peter Grimison is a medical oncologist at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney, and conducts clinical research at the University of Sydney. 

Professor Jenny Gunton is an endocrinologist and is Chair of medicine at Westmead Hospital and a researcher at Westmead Millennium Institute.

Dr Elizabeth Marles is a former President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.  She is a senior staff specialist in general practice and Director of the Hornsby-Brooklyn GP Unit and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). 

Professor Geoff McColl is Head of the Melbourne Medical School and Professor of Medical Education and Training at the University of Melbourne and a rheumatologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Associate Professor David Newby is a community pharmacist in Newcastle, acting Discipline Lead in Clinical Pharmacology, Joint Medical Program, and the Course coordinator for Epidemiology and pharmacoeconomics, Master of Pharmacy Program in the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Andrew Roberts is a practising Clinical Haematologist and medical researcher at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He holds the Metcalf Chair of Leukaemia Research at the University of Melbourne and is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Dr Rashmi Sharma is a practising general practitioner and Practice Principal of a large multidisciplinary teaching practice in Canberra.  She holds an Adjunct Associate Professor title at the ANU Medical School. She is also a medical educator and contributes to a number of Commonwealth and local committees related to health. 

Dr Thomas Snelling is an infectious diseases consultant at the Princess Margaret Hospital (Perth). He is also the Scientific Director of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Professor Rosalie Viney is the Director at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Sydney.  She is Chair of the PBAC Economics Sub-Committee.

Professor Robyn Ward is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Queensland, and Director of Cancer Services for Prince of Wales Hospital Sydney.  She is a practising medical oncologist and a medical researcher and Chairs the Medical Services Advisory Committee. 

Jo Watson is the Deputy Chair of the Consumers Health Forum, and a long standing consumer representative and advocate. 


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