3.      About the Dermatology, Allergy and Immunology Clinical Committee

The Dermatology, Allergy and Immunology Clinical Committee is part of the second tranche of Clinical Committees.

The Dermatology, Allergy and Immunology Clinical Committee (the Committee) was established in April 2016 to make recommendations to the MBS Review Taskforce on MBS items within its remit, based on rapid evidence review and clinical expertise. The Taskforce asked the Committee to review nominated dermatology, allergy and immunology-related MBS items.

The Committee consists of eight members, as well as two additional Working Group members, whose names, positions/organisations and declared conflicts of interest are listed in Sections 3.1 and 3.2. All members of the Taskforce, Clinical Committees and Working Groups are asked to declare any conflicts of interest at the start of their involvement and are reminded to update their declarations periodically.

3.1        Committee members

Table 1. Members of the Committee

Name

Position/Organisation

Declared conflict of interest

Associate Professor Stephen Shumack (Chair)

Consultant Dermatologist, Royal North Shore Hospital,
Sydney Medical School, Northern, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney; Medical Director, The Skin Hospital Darlinghurst, NSW

Uses the items

Dr Elizabeth Willsteed

Consultant Dermatologist, The Skin Hospital, Darlinghurst, NSW

Dermatologist, Private Practice, Central Coast Dermatology, North Gosford

Uses the items

Dr Phillip Bekhor

Dermatologist, Laser Dermatology
Director, Laser Unit, Department of Dermatology, Royal Children's Hospital

Uses the items

Associate Professor Morton Rawlin

GP, Vice President & Chair, Victorian Faculty, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Sydney – Sydney Medical School

Use the items

Dr Joanne Smart

Head, Department of Allergy & Immunology, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Uses the items

Dr Charles Cope

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, North Shore Cosmetic Surgery
Private Practice

Uses the items

Mr Adam Friederich

Immune Deficiencies Foundation Australia,
Consumer representative

None

Professor Connie Katelaris

Professor of Immunology & Allergy, University of Western Sydney, and Head of Department and Senior Staff Specialist at Campbelltown Hospital

Uses the items

3.2        Working Group members

Table 2. Members of the Laser Photocoagulation and Mohs Surgery Working Group

Name

Position/Organisation

Declared conflict of interest

Dr Phillip Bekhor (Chair)

Dermatologist, Laser Dermatology
Director, Laser Unit, Department of Dermatology, Royal Children's Hospital

Uses the items

Professor Morton Rawlin

GP, Vice President & Chair, Victorian Faculty, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Sydney – Sydney Medical School

Uses the items

Dr Charles Cope

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, North Shore Cosmetic Surgery
Private Practice

Uses the items

Dr Douglas Grose

DJG Cosmetic and Face Only

President Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia

President Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia

Has used items in the past and is still able to use them

Dr Shawn Richards

Head of Laser Services, The Skin Hospital, Co-Director of the Mohs Programme and Director of the Laser and Photorejuvenation Unit for the Foundation at Westmead

Uses the items

3.3        Conflicts of interest

All members of the Taskforce, Clinical Committees and Working Groups are asked to declare any conflicts of interest at the start of their involvement and reminded to update their declaration periodically.