Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC)
PTAC is PHARMAC’s primary clinical advisory committee established under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (section 50 (1 (external link) )). PTAC's role is to provide objective clinical advice to PHARMAC.
The activities PTAC undertakes for PHARMAC are listed in the Terms of Reference for the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Committee (PTAC) and PTAC subcommittees 2016.
Meet our advisers: What is PTAC?
Transcript of Mark Weatherall video
PTAC forms part of the whole PHARMAC process, and the particular role of PTAC is to provide objective clinical advice to assist PHARMAC in making its decisions about how to use its funds wisely.
A central part of what PTAC does is, because patients are at the centre of what PTAC talks about - we're all clinicians dealing with real patients and their families - we can bring that evidence-based perspective but also in relation to its application to real people in New Zealand.
Well, I think there's actually an emotional commitment to doing the best for New Zealanders. In terms of technical skills an ability to think critically, and have an awareness of the application of evidence, its limitations, its strengths, to the decision-making process but also to have patients at the heart of the decision making process in relation to medications.
PTAC is made up of senior health practitioners from a range of specialities, who consider clinical evidence for funding applications, and take into account PHARMAC's Factors for Consideration before making recommendations to PHARMAC.
Meet our advisers: PTAC members
Transcript of PTAC members video
Prof Mark Weatherall (Chair)
PTAC's role for PHARMAC is very important. It provides objective advice about the use of medicines for New Zealanders.
Dr Jane Thomas, anaesthetist, Auckland
Being able to be part of PTAC discussions and to be an advocate for children within New Zealand where there are great disparities, not just related to age but also socio-economic status, that's a privilege for me to be able to be on PTAC to represent children across New Zealand.
Prof Stephen Munn, transplant surgeon, Auckland
What I'm hopeful is, is that the work itself will contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Dr Matthew Strother, medical oncologist, Christchurch
A lot of my interest in participating in this process is driven by that desire to see good access to medicines and having seen what poor access to medicines does to a population.
Prof Tim Stokes, GP, Dunedin
I'm sure that we all feel really strongly that by being on this committee we can make really good recommendations for care that will actually make a real difference in terms of improving the health of New Zealanders.
Dr Melissa Copland, clinical pharmacist, Queenstown
For me what's most rewarding is the way the committee works together. There's a wide range of experience, a wide range of views and often those are expressed very robustly and we have a lot of discussion. But there's a lot of mutual respect and we all are very much working towards a common goal.
Dr Giles Newton-Howes, clinical psychiatrist, Wellington
For me medicine's always been about caring for the person in front of us and caring for all of the people we don't see and I guess part of the reason I ended up doing academia is good quality research helps hopefully lots and lots of patients who you'll never see and actually that's exactly what PHARMAC does.
Dr Sean Hanna, GP, Porirua
There aren't many committees in health where the decisions that are made make a real difference and for me that's why I love being on PTAC.
Current PTAC members are:
- Mark Weatherall (Chair) - Internal Medicine - Geriatric
BA, MBChB, MApplStats, FRACP
- Melissa Copland - Pharmacist
PhD, BPharm(Hons), RegPharmNZ, FNZCP
- Stuart Dalziel - Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist
MBChB, PhD, FRACP
- Alan Fraser - Gastroenterologist
MB, ChB, MD, FRACP
- Sean Hanna - General Practitioner
MB ChB, FRNZCGP, FRACGP, PGDipGP, PGDipClinEd
- Jennifer Martin - Clinical Pharmacologist
MBChB, MA(Oxon.), FRACP, PhD
- Stephen Munn - Transplant Surgeon
MBChB, FRACS, FACS
- Giles Newton-Howes - Psychiatrist
BA, BSc, MBChB, MRCPsych, PostDip BD, FRANZCP
- Marius Rademaker - Dermatologist
BM (Soton), MRCP (UK), JCHMT Accreditation, DM, FRCP (Edin), FRACP
- Tim Stokes - General Practitioner
MA, MBChB, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FRCGP, FRNZCGP
- Matthew Strother - Medical Oncologist
MD (USA), FRACP
- Jane Thomas - Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Specialist
MBChB, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA
- Simon Wynn Thomas - General Practitioner
BMedSci (UK), MRCP (UK), MRCGP (UK), DFFP, FRNZCGP
PTAC members are appointed by the Director-General of Health, in consultation with the PHARMAC Board. This process is guided by an appointment protocol [PDF, 72 KB].
Interested senior health practitioners can apply directly or are nominated by professional medical bodies, such as the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Vacancies are posted on the PHARMAC careers page (external link) .
PHARMAC’s Operating Policies and Procedures set out the procedures for making amendments to the pharmaceutical schedule, including PTAC’s role in the process.
Information on how to apply is on the New funding applications page.
When applying please ensure that the application is complete, providing the following with the initial copy of the funding application:
- 3 spiral bound copies of the application (including synopsis and all supporting references), and
- an electronic copy of the application (including synopsis and all supporting references). Unlocked PDF copies of all documentation on a USB/memory stick are appreciated.
Please note Named Patient Pharmaceutical Assessment (NPPA) applications are not reviewed by PTAC. If you wish to submit a NPPA application please see the NPPA page.
If PHARMAC chooses to seek PTAC advice on a funding application the application must have been received by the following dates in order to be available for consideration at one of PTAC’s four annual meetings.
|Deadline for an application to be received by PHARMAC, to be considered by PTAC:||PTAC’s meeting date:|
|21 August 2017||9 & 10 November 2017|
|13 November 2017||8 & 9 February 2018|
|5 February 2018||3 & 4 May 2018|
|21 May 2018||9 & 10 August 2018|
|13 August 2018||1 & 2 November 2018|
Address funding applications to:
40 Mercer Street
PHARMAC will assess the initial funding application and notify the applicant whether:
- it will be considered by PTAC
- it will beconsidered by a PTAC subcommittee, or
- further information is required before an assessment can be made.
We will advise applicants if we require additional material (ie copies and/or a sample of the pharmaceutical) or if the application is not in scope for PHARMAC’s assessment. Below are the dates when additional information is needed if it is required for a PTAC meeting.
|PTAC meeting date:||Deadline for additional material to PHARMAC (if required) before:|
|8 & 9 February 2018||15 December 2017|
|3 & 4 May 2018||16 March 2018|
|9 & 10 August 2018||15 June 2018|
|1 & 2 November 2018||7 September 2018|
To view minutes of funding applications reviewed or applications scheduled to be reviewed please go to PTAC meeting minutes and agenda.
If you have any questions regarding PTAC, please contact the PTAC Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or +64 (0)4 916 7512.
Last updated: 18 October 2017