1727 – Deep brain stimulation for treatment-refractory obsessive compulsive disorder

Page last updated: 21 June 2023

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment that involves the implantation of permanent stimulating electrodes within the brain. These electrodes are connected to a small battery that sits under the skin of the chest wall. Each electrode delivers a small field of targeted electricity that changes the activity of brain cells in a specific region. The DBS device can be adjusted after implantation without the need for further surgery, to vary the size, shape and position of the stimulation field. DBS is intended for patients that do not respond to conventional treatment or therapy.

Description of Medical Condition

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a psychiatric condition where people experience obsessive intrusive thoughts, images or impulses that provoke anxiety and generate compulsions that must be carried out to neutralise their obsessions. These are accompanied by mental rituals or behaviours (compulsions) that must be carried out to neutralise the obsessions (e.g. repetitive handwashing, saying prayers).

Reason for Application

Amendment to an existing MBS item

Medical Service Type

Therapeutic technology

Previous Application Number/s

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form

Application Form (PDF 1019 KB)
Application Form (Word 59 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 297 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 27 KB)

PASC Consultation
PASC consultation closed

MSAC Consultation
MSAC consultation input must be received by no later than Friday, 6 October 2023 for it to be considered by MSAC at its November 2023 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 1201 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 145 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


8–9 December 2022


5-6 October 2023


23-24 November 2023