3.           About the Knee Imaging Working Group

The Committee and its Knee Imaging Working Group (the Working Group) was established to make recommendations to the MBS Review Taskforce on the review of MBS items within its remit, based on rapid evidence review and clinical expertise. The Taskforce has asked the Committee to review MBS items for knee ultrasound, X-ray, CT and MRI, including GP-requested MRI of the knee, as priority reviews.

3.1        Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee members

Table 1: Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee Members

Name

Position/Organisation

Declared conflict of interest

Professor Ken Thomson (Chair)

Program Director, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Alfred Hospital

User of MBS services

Professor Stacy Goergen

Director of Research, Monash Imaging; Clinical Adjunct Professor, Southern Clinical School, Monash University

User of MBS services

Professor Alexander Pitman

Director of Nuclear Medicine and PET, Lake Imaging;Adjunct Professor, Medical Imaging, University of Notre Dame

User of MBS services

Dr William Macdonald

Executive Director, Imaging West
Head, Nuclear Medicine, Fiona Stanley Hospital; President, Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists

User of MBS services

Dr Richard Ussher

Director of Training, Radiology, Ballarat Health Services; Director, Grampians BreastScreen

User of MBS services

Dr Walid Jammal

Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney; Private practice

User of MBS services

Associate Professor Rachael Moorin

Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, Curtin University; Principal Researcher, Health Centre of Excellence, Silver Chain Group; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Western Australia

Nil

Dr David Brazier

Radiologist, Royal North Shore Hospital

User of MBS services

Dr Phil Hayward

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation

Nil

Professor Jenny Doust

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice, Bond University; General Practitioner

User of MBS services

Ms Geraldine Robertson

Consumer Representative, Consumers Health Forum & Breast Cancer Network Australia

Nil

Dr Matthew Andrews

MBS Review Taskforce (Ex-Officio)

User of MBS services

3.2        Knee Imaging Working Group members

Table 2: Knee Imaging Working Group Members

Name

Position/Organisation

Declared conflict of interest

Prof Stacy Goergen (Chair)

Director of Research, Monash Imaging, Monash Health

Clinical Adjunct Professor, Departments of Surgery and Medical Imaging, Southern Clinical School, Monash University

Chair, RANZCR Quality and Safety Committee

None to declare

 

Prof Rachelle Buchbinder

Director, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University

 

Rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist at Monash University and the Cabrini Institute.

Published regularly on inappropriate treatments and tests for knee pain, including reviews and editorials in journals such as BMJ and NEJM.

Previously member of Osteoarthritis knee expert group for the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety (ATLAS).

Chair of newly formed Clinical Care Standard for Osteoarthritis who will be looking at knee imaging.

Dr Richard Ussher

Director of Training, Radiology, Ballarat Health Services

Director, Grampians BreastScreen

Diagnostic and interventional radiologist working in regional Victoria, including public hospitals in Ballarat Health Service and Goulburn Valley Health providing knee imaging.

Also affiliated with a private clinic in Bendigo with a funded MRI service.

Dr John North

Clinical Director, Queensland Audit of Surgical Mortality & Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Orthopaedic surgeon based in Brisbane and visiting orthopaedic surgeon at Princess Alexandria Hospital (level 1 trauma centre).

Past President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Past Chair for Australian Commission on safety and quality in health care looking at warranted and unwarranted variation in arthroscopic activities.

No private practice or shares in radiological or interventional activities.

Lecturer at University of Queensland.

No other conflict of interests or affiliations declared.

Dr Walid Jammal

Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney

GP working in private practice in north-western Sydney.

Sitting member of MSAC evaluation subcommittee.

Medical Advisor at medical indemnity organisation.

No other conflict of interests or affiliations declared.

A/Prof Duncan Mortimer

Centre for Health Economics, Monash University

Health economist with special focus in health technology assessment at Monash University.

Contract with MSAC to undertake health economic evaluations. Opting out of questions requiring clinical experience.

No other conflict of interests and affiliations declared.

Prof Julian Feller

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Epworth Richmond

Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, Deakin University

Orthopaedic surgeon with private practice based in Richmond that is involved with cases that are almost exclusively knee related, with ~60% due to sports, and remaining cases classed as degenerative/arthritic related.

Research through collaborators at LaTrobe University, Deakin that is related to outcomes of surgical interventions. No other conflict of interests and affiliations declared.

Dr Andrew Boyden

Clinical Adviser, NPS MedicineWise

Clinical advisor at NPS MedicineWise and one day general practice based in Canberra.

Past medical advisor with the Department supporting the process of developing the new Medicare items for GPs around MRI, including knee MRI.

Past member of the external advisory group for the RACGP MRI guidelines, including formulation of recommendations for MRI imaging of the knee.

Actively involved in development of Nationwide diagnostic knee and ankle imaging education program around appropriate imaging to be launched later this year by NPS MedicineWise.

Member of External advisory group for Western Australia Diagnostic Imaging Pathways.

Dr Sanjay Dhupelia

Radiologist, Queensland X-Ray

Radiologist with Queensland X-ray, a facility owned by Sonic Healthcare. Neuroradiologist and musculoskeletal radiologist.

Provides limited reporting for SKG and Epworth Medical Imaging (involved with Sonic Healthcare). Possesses shares in Sonic Healthcare.

Vice President of Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group.

Involved in drafting a submission with the Australian Knee Society (AKS) to the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Healthcare for the radiological investigation of knee osteoarthritis.

Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland.

No other conflict of interests and affiliations declared.

Dr Anthony Hobbs

Department of Health

Principal Medical Advisor for the Department of Health.

Past member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQH) looking at warranted and unwarranted variation in arthroscopic activities.

Member of Clinical Standards Group for Osteoarthritis working with ACSQH looking at developing clinical standard of care.

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 declarations periodically.