Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Information about the Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Clinical Committee – MBS item range, membership and meeting dates.

Page last updated: 16 October 2019

MBS item range
Meeting dates

MBS item range

Total – 174 MBS items
Category 2 – Diagnostic Procedures and Investigations
D1 – Miscellaneous Diagnostic Procedures and Investigations

  • Subgroup 3 – Otolaryngology
    11300-11339 (15 items)

Category 3 – Therapeutic Procedures
T8 - Surgical Operations

  • Subgroup 1 – General
    30244-30294, 31400-31412 (27 Items)
  • Subgroup 8 – Ear, Nose and Throat
    41500-41587, 41593-41611, 41617, 41620-41629, 41635-41672, 41677-41776, 41782-41787, 41804-41825, 41834-41843, 41855-41886, 41904, 41907, 41910 (122 items)
  • Subgroup 13 – Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
    45675 (1 item)

Category 8 – Miscellaneous Services
M15 – Diagnostic Audiology Services
82300-82332 (9 items)


  • Mr Patrick Guiney (Chair) – Ear Nose Throat Surgeon, NorthWest Specialist Centre; Chair, Fees Sub-Committee, Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Professor Michael Besser – Ex-officio MBS Review Taskforce and Consultant Neurosurgeon; Lecturer in Surgical Anatomy (Neurosurgery) and Clinical Professor, University of Sydney; Past President, Neurosurgical Society of Australasia; Chairman, Board of Neurosurgery RACS; Chairman, Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia
  • Mr Matthew Campbell – Director, ENT Head and Neck Surgical Unit, Austin Health; Member, Convenor of Medical Panels; Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Chris Dalton – National Medical Director, Bupa ANZ; Part-time private ENT practice; Councillor, Medical Benevolent Association of NSW; Previously Medical Director, Serco-AP; ENT Head and Neck VMO, Westmead Hospital and Westmead Children’s Hospital; Member, Prostheses List Advisory Committee
  • Dr Dan Ewald – Past Chair, GPNSW; General Practitioner and Public Health Physician; Adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney University; Member, NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation GP Advisory Group; Lead Clinical Advisor, North Coast NSW Primary Health Network; Member, Editorial Group for Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions (RACGP)
  • Professor Peter Friedland – Associate Professor Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University Western Australia; Professor & Discipline Leader ENT, School Medicine, Notre Dame University; Member, Australian National Panel Of Clinical Experts, Department of Health; Chair, Royal Australian College of Surgeons WA Regional Training Scheme Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; National Board Member, Australian Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery; Consultant ENT surgeon, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus and Osborne Park Hospital; Founding board member, Laryngology Society of Australia; Member, Editorial board of Australian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Associate Professor Roger Grigg MBBS, FRACS – School of Medicine University of Queensland; Director of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Darling Downs Hospital Health Service; Member, Australasian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Board; Past State Director, Training for Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Professor Richard Harvey – Program Head and Professor, Rhinology and Skull Base Research Group, University of New South Wales & Macquarie University; Consultant Surgeon St Vincent’s Hospitals, Sydney; Editor-in-chief, Australian Journal of Otolaryngology; President-elect, Australian and New Zealand Rhinologic Society
  • Ms Tracey Nicholls – Immediate Past President, Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Nurses Group; Past Board Member, Australian College Perioperative Nurses; Past Editor, South Australian Perioperative Nurses Association; Vice Chair, Coalition Of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisation; Committee member, SA Branch Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Dr Debbie Phyland – Clinical Research Director, ENT Head and Neck Department Monash Health; Adjunct Fellow, Monash University; Fellow of Speech Pathology Association of Australia; Immediate Past President, Laryngology Society of Australasia; Board Member, Australian Voice Association; Chair of Voice Committee, International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics
  • Ms Nina Quinn – Chief Executive Officer, Neurosensory: Non-executive Director, Hearing Health; Non-executive Director, Range Hearing; Non-Executive Director, Independent Hearing Centres; Past Federal Executive Councillor, Audiology Australia; Member, Hearing Care Industry of Australia; Member, Community of Practice for Hearing and NDIS; Past member of Minister’s Hearing Roadmap Taskforce
  • Mrs Geraldine Robertson – Consumer Representative for Breast Cancer Network Australia and the Consumer Health Forum of Australia, Past Consumer Representative on previous MBS Review Clinical Committees
  • Dr Elizabeth Rose – Department of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne; Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne

Meeting dates

  • 28 November 2018
  • 14 December 2018
  • 11 February 2019
  • 4 April 2019