Access to information on new and emerging health technologies, treatments and services allows healthcare decision makers to anticipate, prepare and better address existing and emerging health challenges. ISCRR's innovative Horizon Scanning program provides this information, by drawing a picture of the emerging health and disability landscape.

Sitting within ISCRR's Strategic Scanning and Intelligence Team, the Horizon Scanning program delivers publications that summarise emerging issues, technologies and opportunities within the health and disability landscape. The health technologies of interest include drugs,medical devices, medical or surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, services, programs and models of care.

These new or emerging technologies are anticipated to have a significant impact on client independence, recovery, safety, function, ability to return to work and/or quality of life and are identified to be between one to three years from entering the Australia market.

The Horizon Scanning program was developed in 2014, in partnership with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH). This program is the first of its kind in Australia to focus on compensation health, and has drawn attention internationally.

Horizon Scanning publications


A regular newsletter with short summaries of important new or emerging technologies identified through the ongoing Horizon Scanning Process.

Newsletter No. 4 (December 2016)

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Newsletter No. 3 (July 2016)

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Newsletter No. 2 (December 2014)

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Newsletter No. 1 (September 2014)

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Briefs & bulletins

More detailed descriptions of new or emerging technologies that are identified to have specific relevance to ISCRR's partner organisations, the TAC and WorkSafe.

Brief: Spinal cord stimulation to improve function following spinal cord injury (Dec 2016)

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Brief: StimQ peripheral nerve stimulator system for the relief of persistent pain (Dec 2016)

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Brief: Powered Lower Limb Exoskeletons for Spinal Cord Injury (July 2016)

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Brief: Smart-e-Pants for the Prevention of Pressure Injuries in The Spinal Cord Injury Population (December 2014)

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Brief: Model of Care for Prevention and Integrated Management of Pressure Injuries in People with Spinal Cord Injury and Spina Bifida (December 2014)

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Bulletin: Indwelling Catheters With Bactiguard Silver Alloy Coating to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Patients With Spinal Cord Injury (September 2014)

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More information?

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