The Repatriation Medical Authority (the Authority) is an independent statutory agency established under Part XIA of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA). The Authority is part of the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio.
The Authority consists of a panel of five practitioners eminent in fields of medical science. One of their number must be a person having at least 5 years experience in the field of epidemiology. The Authority is comprised of
- a Chairperson
- four other Members.
All members are appointed by the Minister on a part-time basis under section 196L of the VEA, and must be a registered medical practitioner, or medical scientist, with at least 10 years experience. The current membership consists of Professors Saunders (Chairperson), Byrne, Cicuttini, Doust and Kaldor.
The term of appointment of each of the current Authority Members is as follows:
Professor Nick Saunders: Chairperson: 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2017;
Professor Gerard Byrne: 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2017;
Professor Flavia Cicuttini: 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2017;
Professor Jenny Doust: 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2020;
Professor John Kaldor: 2 February 2016 until 1 February 2019.