Department of Health confirms 'TAA' leadership

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A permanent appointment as first assistant secretary of the Department of Health's Technology, Assessment and Access division.

Adriana Platona PSM, who has been serving in the role since May, has been confirmed in the position by Department of Health secretary Glenys Beauchamp.

Ms Platona returned from the TGA to act in the role when incumbent Penny Shakespeare was appointed to act as deputy secretary for Health Financing following the departure of Mark Cormack.

Ms Shakespeare has subsequently been confirmed in the role. 

Health Financing includes Technology, Assessment and Access, Medical Benefits and Provider Benefits Integrity.

Its divisions are responsible for tens of billions in government expenditure through major public health programs like the PBS and Medicare. Its policy areas also include private health insurance and incorporate the Prostheses List Advisory Committee.

Ms Platona was head of the TGA's medical devices and product quality division having previously served as assistant secretary of the Department of Health's pharmaceutical evaluation area.

She was highly respected across the sector and was recognised with a Public Service Medal for her role in the reimbursement of the new generation direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C.