1627 – Point-of-care testing for sexually transmitted infections provided by Aboriginal Medical Services or Aboriginal Community Controlled Heath Services in rural or remote areas

Page last updated: 22 June 2022

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Rapid on-demand nucleic acid amplification test for use at point-of-care in clinics servicing remote communities enabling laboratory equivalent, on-the-spot diagnosis for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoea, and/or Trichomonas vaginalis infection within 90 minutes, facilitating antibiotic treatment for patients and initiation of contact tracing.

Description of Medical Condition

Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoea and Trichomonas vaginalis are sexually transmitted bacterial infections, often asymptomatic, mostly affecting young people aged 15-29 years. Easily cured with antibiotics, untreated infection can cause pelvic inflammatory disease resulting in chronic abdominal pain, as well as increasing the risk of tubal infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

Reason for Application

New MBS items

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number/s

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form

Application Form (PDF 1593 KB)
Application Form (Word 443 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 588 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 68 KB)

PASC Consultation
PASC consultation closed

MSAC Consultation
MSAC consultation input must be received by no later than Friday, 7 October 2022 for it to be considered by MSAC at its November 2022 meeting.

For further information please refer to PASC, ESC, MSAC Key Dates
For further information on the consultation process please refer to MSAC Consultation Process

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 1403 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 205 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


12-13 August 2021


6-7 October 2022


24-25 November 2022