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:
Health service responsibilities for technology
Health services are responsible for introducing safe, effective and new health technology and clinical practice.
Victorian Health Technology Program
This program provides advice and recommendation to government and health services about the introduction of new and emerging health technology into Victoria's public hospital system.
Highly Specialised Therapies Program
Provides central coordination regarding commissioning of and access to highly specialised therapies in selected public hospitals.
Reviewed 21 August 2023