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19 February 2020

Role of the ACMD

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

The Committee is established under Regulation 38 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990. Members are appointed by the Minister. Membership is comprised of professionals with specific scientific, medical, clinical expertise as well as appropriate consumer health issues relating to medical devices.

On 1 January 2017, functions of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medical Devices (ACSMD) were consolidated into ACMD to encompass pre and post-market advice for medical devices.



Professor Anne Simmons is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW Sydney. She currently leads the Academic Portfolio of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) 2025 Strategy and has previously been Head of UNSW's School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. Her research involves developing biomaterials for implantable medical devices and analysis of blood flow in diseased vessels. Professor Simmons is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to biomedical engineering. She sits on committees for a range of government departments. Professor Simmons provides expertise in the field of biomedical engineering or biomaterials.


Dr Philip Allen is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with principal interest in joint replacement and shoulder surgery. He also provides a wide range of orthopaedic services covering all the sub-specialities. Dr Allen has completed comprehensive studies and training in the UK, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand. His current practice is based in Queensland. He previously served as Senior Visiting Medical Officer at the Tweed Hospital and Murwillumbah District hospital. He has been in private practice for nearly 20 years. Dr Allen completed postgraduate clinical research Fellowships in hip and knee-joint replacement, revision and shoulder surgery. Dr Allen provides expertise in the field of orthopaedics.

Professor Terence Campbell AM is the Director of Research and Staff Specialist in Cardiology, St Vincent's Hospital Network, Sydney. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). His research interests are basic cardiac electrophysiology and pharmacology. Professor Campbell is the Chair of the Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC), and was a member of the TGA Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) from 1992-1998 and a Member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits advisory Committee (PBAC) from 2001-17. He has 30 years of experience in lecturing and tutoring in physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics and clinical medicine. Professor Campbell provides expertise in the field of cardiology.

Dr Robyn Clay-Williams is an academic who leads the Human Factors and Resilience research stream at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. Dr Clay-Williams is a New South Wales Health Early Mid Career Fellow, and is currently a Lead Researcher for the 'Deepening our Understanding of Quality in Australia' study, which aims to evaluate the relationship between quality management and care for stroke, acute myocardial infarction and hip fracture in 60 hospitals across Australia. She was a member of the TGA Advisory Committee for the Safety of Medical Devices from 2014-2016. Dr Clay-Williams provides expertise in the field of human factors analysis.

Professor Jane Dahlstrom is Sub Dean, Canberra Hospital campus and Professor of Anatomical Pathology at the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School and a Senior Staff Specialist at Australian Capital Territory Pathology, The Canberra Hospital. Her research basis is both clinical and experimental including areas of breast pathology, developmental pathology and immunohistochemistry. Professor Dahlstrom provides expertise in the field of pathology.

Professor Mark Edwards is a Consultant Cardiothoracic surgeon in full time practice, both public and private. He is a past Councillor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, was the inaugural Chairman of Board of Surgical Education and Training, Chairman of the Court of Examiners and Censor in Chief. Professor Edwards is a member of the Medical Board of Australia (Western Australia branch), and has a special interest in clinical governance and surgical education and training. Professor Edwards provides expertise in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr Charles Fisher has been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon for almost twenty years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in research of Neurophysiology and a Master’s degree in both Health Management and Clinical Epidemiology. Dr 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. Dr Fisher provides expertise in the field of vascular medicine.

Dr Marianne Gillam is a Public Physician and holds a PhD in Public Health and a Master of Biostatistics. She is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Medicine and Device Surveillance Centre of Research Excellence based in the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, University of South Australia. Dr Gillam provides expertise in the field of epidemiology or biostatistics.

Dr Richard Laherty is a neurosurgeon with subspecialty training in complex spine surgery. Dr Laherty has extensive experience with spinal implants and adjuncts to aid bone fusion. He has experience in a number of Communities of Practice and is currently a member of the Spinal Prostheses Clinical Advisory Group with the Commonwealth Department of Health. Dr Laherty provides expertise in the field of neurosurgery.

Professor Guy Ludbrook is Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia and past Chair of the ACMD. He is a practicing Anaesthetist, with an interest in neuroanaesthesia and pre- and post-operative care. He has research interests in pharmacology, and increasingly in optimising health services delivery. He is Director of a clinical trials unit, PARC Clinical Research. Professor Ludbrook provides expertise in the field of anaesthetics.

Professor Christopher Maher is an experienced urogynaecologist and is currently a visiting medical officer with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Brisbane. He has served on the TGA Urogynaecology advisory panel in 2007 and was an invited expert to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care vaginal mesh review from 2016-2018. His clinical and research career has centred on reconstructive urogynaecology surgery and he has held a number of leadership roles including prior chair of the Urogynaecology Ssociety of Australasia, Urogynaecology Committee, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Queensland branch of the Continence Foundation of Australia. Professor Maher provides expertise in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Dr Aiden O'Loughlin is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at the University of Western Sydney, and a cardiologist at Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals in 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. He is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Dr O'Loughlin provides expertise in the fields of cardiology and biostatistics.

Professor Anthony Penington is the Jigsaw Professor of Paediatric Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital. He is a specialist in the treatment of vascular anomalies, particularly vascular malformations. He is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Royal Children's Hospital and is currently acting Head of Unit. He is also a Visiting Plastic Surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. Professor Penington provides expertise in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Professor Karen Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute at Flinders University, as well as Director of the Medical Devices Partnering Program in South Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences. Professor Reynolds chairs ATSE’s Health & Technology Forum, she also sits on the ATSE Board, and is a member of the South Australian Science Council. She is the immediate past chair of the College of Biomedical Engineers. Professor Reynolds provides expertise in the field of biomedical engineering or biomaterials.

Ms Janine Saunders is currently the Executive Officer of Asthma Foundation Northern Territory. She began her career in South Australia as a registered nurse/midwife before relocating to the Northern Territory. After several years as an asthma educator Ms Saunders was appointed Executive Officer. She leads a small group of passionate personnel who work together to achieve better health outcomes for people in the Northern Territory with asthma and allergy. Ms Saunders provides expertise in the field of consumer health issues.

Associate Professor Robert Tam is Medical Director of Surgical Service Group, the Townsville Hospital and Chair of the Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Associate Professor Tam has also been Director of Lung Transplant, the Prince Charles Hospital, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Greenslope Private Hospital and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Townsville Hospital. Associate Professor Tam provides expertise in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

2020 ACMD proposed meeting dates

Meeting no. Meeting dates
53 13 February 2020
54 16 April 2020
55 11 June 2020
56 14 August 2020
57 16 October 2020
58 10 December 2020

Contact details for the ACMD

Phone +61 2 6232 8665
Mobile +61 468 609 842
Fax +61 2 6203 1250
Postal Address Advisory Committee on Medical Devices
Therapeutic Goods Administration
PO Box 100
Attn: Scheduling & Committee Support Section, MDP 122