Department of Health

The Health Technology Program provides policy guidance and makes recommendations regarding health technology in Victoria's public healthcare system.

Components and roles

The Health Technology Program has four components, each with a specific role and function:

  • Victorian Health Technology Program - a statewide program that reviews new and emerging health technologies. It also makes recommendations about the implementation (or otherwise) of these technologies in the public hospital system to inform policy and investment decisions.
  • Victorian Health Technology Program Advisory Group - an independent expert advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to the department about health technologies.
  • Highly Specialised Therapies Program - a national program that supports access to high-cost and highly specialised therapies delivered in selected public hospitals.
  • Nationally Funded Centres Program - a national program that supports national access to certain high-cost, low-volume procedures.


For the purpose of this program, a ‘health technology’ is defined as a:

  • prosthesis
  • implantable device
  • diagnostic test
  • medical procedure
  • surgical procedure
  • clinical program
  • highly specialised therapy or service defined by the 2020-25 National Health Reform Agreement.

Reviewed 11 August 2022


Contact details

Health Technology Program

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