Who we work with
This page provides information on key contributors to the PSR Scheme.
The Minister for Health
The Minister for Health has portfolio responsibility for the administration of the Health Insurance Act 1973, including responsibility for the PSR Scheme. The Director of PSR reports to the Minister.
Department of Health
The role of the Department of Health is to provide policy advice to the Minister for Health on the development and maintenance of the PSR Scheme. The Department of Health is also responsible for legislation development in relation to the PSR Scheme.
Department of Health website: www.health.gov.au
The Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services is responsible for compliance activity relating to the MBS and PBS. The Medicare Chief Executive in the Department of Human Services may request the Director of PSR to review the provision of services by a practitioner in order to assess whether that practitioner engaged in inappropriate practice.
Department of Human Services website: www.humanservices.gov.au
Professional Organisations and Registration Bodies
The PSR Scheme is the Australian Government's means of investigating inappropriate clinical practice within Medicare and the PBS. PSR utilises a peer review process and relies on the support of health practitioners and their representative registration bodies to perform its statutory function.
PSR is required under the Act to consult with the AMA and other professional organisations on statutory appointments, and the Director of PSR can only be appointed following Agreement between the Minister and the AMA.