NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group was initially established in 1988. In 1994, NSW TAG was incorporated as a not-for-profit independent association. The association receives its core funding from NSW Health. NSW TAG provides six-monthly reports of its activities to the Clinical Excellence Commission, who act as the NSW Health managers of the core funding contract.
NSW TAG’s members are clinical pharmacologists, pharmacists and other clinicians from NSW public hospitals and affiliated academic units. Affiliate membership is also available to interstate colleagues and private hospitals. The membership is organised into two broad groups: TAG General members who represent the larger public teaching hospitals in NSW and TAGNet members who represent smaller metropolitan, regional and remote NSW public hospitals. Meetings for TAG General and TAGNet members are held bi-monthly.
The Management Board has seven members and is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. It meets four times a year. It is responsible for governing NSW TAG and ensuring it meets its functions and responsibilities. There is a Finance Sub-Committee, which is chaired by the NSW TAG Treasurer. The Sub-Committee meets quarterly and provides the Management Board with assistance, advice and oversight with respect to NSW TAG’s financial reporting, risk and control and external audit functions.
In order to achieve its objectives, NSW TAG has a number of Working Committees and Discussion Groups including:
- NSW TAG Editorial Committee
- NSW TAG High Costs Medicines Working Group
- medSMART Support Group
NSW TAG projects or program initiatives are informed by expert advisory committees with oversight managed by the relevant NSW TAG Working Committees.
NSW TAG is a member of the Council of Australian Therapeutic Advisory Groups (CATAG). NSW TAG also manages the business operations of CATAG.
NSW TAG is based in Darlinghurst, Sydney and is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Executive Officer, Dr Sasha Bennett.
Membership of NSW TAG Management Board
Professor Christopher Liddle (Chair), Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Hepatology Medicine, The University of Sydney’s Westmead Clinical School and Chair, Western Sydney LHD Drug and Therapeutics Committee.
Professor Sarah Hilmer (Vice Chair), Chair Royal North Shore and Ryde Hospitals Drug and Therapeutics Committee and Head of Department Clinical Pharmacology and Senior Staff Specialist Aged Care, Royal North Shore Hospital and University of Sydney
Professor Joanne Brien (Treasurer), Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, The University of Sydney and Chair, St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research and Ethics Committee
Ms Terry Melocco, Director of Pharmacy, St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Sydney
Ms Rosemary Burke, Sydney Local Health District Director of Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Information Officer
Membership of the NSW TAG Finance Committee
Professor Joanne Brien, (Chair), Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, The University of Sydney and Chair, St Vincent’s Hospital Human Research and Ethics Committee
Ms Terry Melocco, Member, NSW TAG Management Board
Prof Christopher Liddle, Chair, NSW TAG Management Board
Dr Sasha Bennett, Executive Officer, NSW TAG
Ms Sue Burton, Business Manager, NSW TAG
TAG General Membership
Professor Christopher Liddle (Chair)
DTC Chairs and Secretaries (or their delegates) of principal referral, paediatric specialist and tertiary referral hospitals in NSW
Professor Ian Whyte (Chair), Director, Clinical Toxicology & Pharmacology, Calvary Mater Newcastle
DTC Chairs and Secretaries (or their delegates) of major and district hospitals in NSW
Membership of NSW TAG Editorial Committee
Professor Sarah Hilmer (Chair)
Dr Sasha Bennett, Executive Officer, NSW TAG
A/Professor Madlen Gazarian, Clinical Pharmacologist and Paediatric Rheumatologist
Dr Jonathan Brett, Staff Specialist, Clinical Pharmacology and Addiction Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital
Ms Sarah Dinh, QUM Project Officer, NSW TAG
Ms Elizabeth Anderson, Westmead Medicines Information Service, Westmead Hospital
Ms Christine Coorey, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Westmead Hospital
Ms Michelle Jenkins, Senior Pharmacist, Paediatrics, John Hunter Children’s Hospital
Mr Russell Levy, Director of Pharmacy, Royal prince Alfred Hospital
Ms Felicity Prior, Director, Hunter Drug Information Services
Ms Anne Steffensen, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Prince of Wales Hospital
NSW TAG medSMART support group
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