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 (the Act), including responsibility for the PSR Scheme. The Director of PSR reports to the Minister.
Department of Health
The Department of Health provides legislation development and policy advice to the Minister for Health in relation to Medicare, the PBS and the PSR Scheme.
Delegates of the Chief Executive Medicare, who are based in the Health Provider Compliance branch in the Department of Health, 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. PSR may seek Medicare and PBS data through the Department of Health when investigating a practitioner under review.
Department of Health website: www.health.gov.au
Services Australia is responsible for the administration of payments relating to the Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits schemes.
Services Australia website: https://www.servicesaustralia.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.