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Training Workshop on Health Technology Assessment



27th – 28th November 2017, Dewan Al-'Afiah, Ministry Of Health


The Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam through the Office of Policy and Foresight and in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO),  today organised a 2 days training workshop on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) for Priority Setting and Informed Decision Making, from 27th to 28th November 2017 at the Dewan Al-'Afiah, Ministry of Health.


The workshop began with the opening remarks by Yang Mulia Dr Awang Hazri bin Haji Kifle, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Health. A total of 42 participants were involved in the workshop, comprising of various Ministry of Health's officers from Policy and Foresight, Finance, and relevant healthcare professionals. Also participating are experts and stakeholders from the Ministry of Finance, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).


The objectives of the workshop are to understand the utility of HTA as a decision making framework, share best practices in HTA processes, identify key issues and challenges in HTA implementation, as well as to understand key organizational facilitators and barriers in implementing HTA in Brunei Darussalam. With this framework, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what a 'good' HTA process looks like and why it is important for health policy decisions;
  • Understand what evidence is; how the individual need for evidence may differ among patients, providers, payers, and regulators; and how to identify and combine clinical research;
  • Recognize best practices in conducting and reporting of economic evaluation, and be able to conduct a trial- and modeling-based economic evaluation;
  • Be aware of other important factors in policy decision making (e.g., societal value, patient perspectives, and ethical, legal, social and cultural implications of technology use, etc.) and understand how these can be incorporated into an HTA process; and
  • Appreciate different issues, as well as the importance of different perspectives, related to the use and conduct of HTA


Present to facilitate the workshop were Mr Netnapis Suchonwanich, Advisor to Program Leader and Senior Researcher at Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; Ms. Pattara Leelahavarong, Head of Research Unit and Acting Program Leader of HITAP; and Ms. Benjarin Santatiwongchai, Project Associate from HITAP.



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Date               : 8 Rabiulawal 1439 /  27 November 2017

Reference     : KK/PR/3