Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (ACMD)

7 March 2014

Role of ACMD

The Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (ACMD) provides independent medical and scientific advice to the Minister and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on safety, quality and performance of medical devices supplied in Australia including issues relating to premarket conformity assessment and post market monitoring.

The Committee is established under Regulation 38 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 and the members are appointed by the Minister for Health.

On 1 January 2010 changes were made to the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990, which established the ACMD in place of the previous Committee, the Medical Devices Evaluation Committee.

ACMD members

Chairperson

Professor Guy Ludbrook is a Professor of Anaesthesia at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Head of Acute Care Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and is the Co-Director at the Pain and Anaesthesia Research Clinic. Professor Ludbrook has recognised and respected expertise in anaesthesia, healthcare delivery and clinical research. A member of several professional societies, Professor Ludbrook has been awarded numerous research grants, scholarships and honours and has published extensively. Professor Ludbrook provides expertise in the field of anaesthetics.

Members

  • Professor Jane Dahlstrom is a professor of Anatomical Pathology at the Australian National University Medical School and is a Senior Staff Specialist for ACT Pathology in the Canberra Hospital. She is a Visiting Fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and an Anatomical Pathologist within public sector pathology. Professor Dahlstrom is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (anatomical and faculties of oral pathology and science) and provides expertise in the field of pathology.
  • Dr Charles Fisher has been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon for almost twenty years. He has a Bachelor's degree in research in Neurophysiology and a Masters degree in both Health Management and Clinical Epidemiology. Professor Fisher has published extensively and was a co-author of the International Consensus Statement on the Diagnosis and Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis. In addition to vascular surgery, his particular clinical interests include vascular ultrasound, venous thrombosis and evidence-based clinical practice. Professor Fisher provides expertise in the field of vascular surgery.
  • Professor John Harris is a Foundation Professor of Vascular Surgery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the University of Sydney and Chairman of the Division of Surgery at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is a member of various professional bodies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgeons. Professor Harris provides expertise in the field of vascular surgery.
  • Dr Michael Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Dr Harrison has extensive experience in the quality, safety and accreditation of medical laboratory services and provides expertise in the field of pathology.
  • Dr Yvonne Ho is a Consultant Radiologist/Nuclear Medicine Specialist, a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and other professional bodies including Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists. With her extensive experience in all aspects of imaging, nationally and internationally, and in medical research, she provides expertise in the field of clinical medicine (radiology, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography, hybrid imaging).
  • Professor Anne Keogh is currently Joint Head of the Clinical Research Program in the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. She is the senior Cardiologist in Cardiac Transplantation at the St Vincent's Hospital and a Professor in Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Professor Keogh's clinical and research interests are cardiac failure, pulmonary arterial hypertension, heart transplantation, immunosuppression and alternatives to transplantation. Professor Keogh provides expertise in the field of cardiology.
  • Associate Professor Bruce Love is a Senior Principal Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon, a Senior Associate at the University Department of Surgery, and Chairman of the Quality Council at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. He is also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Bellbird Private Hospital. Associate Professor Love provides expertise in the field of orthopaedics.
  • Professor Guy Maddern is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide and a Hepatobiliary Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Professor Maddern is also the Surgical Director of the Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures in Surgery. He is the Head of the Division of Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Director of the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Head of the Discipline of Surgery, University of Adelaide. Professor Maddern provides expertise in the field of gastrointestinal (hepatobiliary) surgery.
  • Dr Graham Mercer is Head of Orthopaedics at the Repatriation General Hospital in South Australia. He is a long standing member and Chair of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry Committee and the immediate past President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Dr Mercer undertook service redesign and establishment of the arthroplasty unit at the Repatriation General Hospital commencing in 2004 and remains the Head of Department. Dr Mercer provides expertise in the field of orthopaedics.
  • Dr Aiden O'Loughlin is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at the University of Western Sydney. His major research interest is in coronary artery disease. He trained in cardiology at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney and at Stanford Hospital in California, USA. Dr O'Loughlin provides expertise in the field of cardiology.
  • Professor Mark Pearcy is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia at the Institution of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK), the International Society of Biomechanics, the Spine Society of Australia and the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine. Professor Pearcy provides expertise in the field of biomedical engineering.
  • Associate Professor Anthony Penington is a Jigsaw Professor of Paediatric Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Melbourne, the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, and at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Associate Professor Penington provides expertise in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Professor Karen Reynolds is currently working at the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics at the Flinders University in South Australia. Professor Reynolds is the Director of the Medical Device Research Institute at Flinders University and provides expertise in the field of biomedical engineering.
  • Associate Professor Gregory Roger is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Governor at the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and was the Founder of Advanced Surgical Design and Manufacture Ltd. Associate Professor Roger has experience in product development and industry issues, and provides expertise in the fields of medical device manufacture and biomedical engineering.
  • Dr Ramin Rohanizadeh is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Dr Robanizadeh has held research positions in the academic and private sectors and provides expertise in the field of biomaterials and implanted devices.
  • Professor Anne Simmons is the Head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales where she is an active researcher in biomaterials and blood flow haemodynamics. Prior to joining the university, she worked in a range of medical device companies in the areas of research and development, clinical and regulatory affairs and manufacturing. Professor Simmons provides expertise in the fields of medical device manufacture, biomedical engineering, and biomaterials.
  • Dr Joanna Sutherland is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales Rural Clinical School, and Visiting Anaesthetist at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Dr Sutherland is a member of several professional bodies, including the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, Anaesthesia and Peri-operative Care Network Executive, and NSW Surgical Services Taskforce. Dr Sutherland is also a member of the NSW Mid North Coast Local Health District Governing Board and provides expertise in the field of anaesthetics.
  • Dr Janet Wale is an evidence-based consumer participating in the work of the Cochrane Collaboration and Health Technology Assessment International. She is a pharmacologist and member of consumer organisations in Australia and has experience in medical research and drug development. Dr Wale provides expertise in consumer issues.
  • Dr Elaine Wong is a senior research Fellow at the Centre for Eye Research Australia at the University of Melbourne. She is also a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. Dr Wong is a member of the Visual Standard Committee providing advice to VicRoads and provides expertise in the field of ophthalmology.

ACMD meeting dates

ACMD planned meeting dates 2014

Meeting no. Meeting date
14 14 March 2014
15 13 June 2014
16 26 September 2014
17 28 November 2014

Contacting ACMD

To contact the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices Secretariat:

Email acmd.secretariat@tga.gov.au
Phone +61 2 6232 8734
Fax +61 2 6203 1250
Postal address Advisory Committee on Medical Devices
Therapeutic Goods Administration
PO Box 100 (MDP 122)
Woden ACT 2606
Australia

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