Clinical Documents


TSANZ documents published on this website are regarded as best practice. On occasions there may be reason for a diversion from these Guidelines for reasons which are peculiar to a particular case or circumstance.

TSANZ develops key publications through the expertise of it's Clinical Care and Resources Sub-Committee, and in collaboration with external organisations. Documents include clinical guidelines and position papers. Endorsement by the Thoracic Society and use of the TSANZ logo on documents requires that the TSANZ be involved in the development of the position paper or clinical guidelines.


Guideline: Recommendations of care, based on a systematic review of available evidence, to foster best clinical practise and promote consistency and equity of care.

Position paper: Report outlining the Thoracic Society's attitude towards a specific disease, technique, agent, or issue.

Development pathway for TSANZ documents

TSANZ has developed a process whereby a guideline or position papers is produced. This process must be followed by every individual or organisation seeking to publish a document in collaboration with TSANZ or when requesting endorsement from TSANZ Board.

For information about this process please see the Clinical Care and Resources Subcommittee Guidelines for submission of documents for endorsement.​

TSANZ endorsement of external documents

TSANZ Endorsement is reserved for documents of the highest standard, that clearly address a need and in most instances, address issues relevant to all Australian states and New Zealand.

The CCRS should be involved at an early stage in the process of the development of any document that the authors may later wish to have endorsed. This serves to ensure that the document is appropriate for the needs of TSANZ, prevents duplication of processes, and makes the final approval process easier and quicker.

Related policies and forms

TSANZ Publication Policy

TSANZ Conflict of Interest Policy

TSANZ Conflict of Interest form for Authors and Reviewers

TSANZ Clinical Documents Progress Report Form

Further enquiries

If you require further information, please refer your enquiries to or ring +61 2 9222 6206

Conflict of Interest Declaration

Any reviewer, author, or presenter involved in business with the Thoracic Society has a duty to inform any Branch, Sub-Committee, Working Party or Event which they are participating in, of any potential conflict of interest by completing this Declaration Form. The form outlining any actual or potential conflict of interest which you may face in relation to the work of the group, and the nature of the conflict will be provided to the Chair / Convener of the group.

Guidance Note

“A conflict of interest is a conflict between public duty and private interests which could influence the performance of official duties and responsibilities. A reasonable perception of a conflict of interest is where a fair minded person, properly informed as to the nature of the interests held by the decision maker, might reasonably perceive that the decision maker might be influenced in the performance of his or her official duties and responsibilities”.

There are three accepted categories of conflict of interest:

  1. Actual conflict of interest - there is a real conflict between a person’s public duties and their private interests
  2. Potential conflict of interest  - arises where a person has private interests that could conflict with their public duties
  3. Perceived conflict of interest - exist where a third party could form the view that a person’s private interest could improperly influence the performance of their duties now or into the future

The following are types of potential and perceived conflicts of interest:

  1. Benefiting from who or what you know: a person or their family member may receive a financial or other significant benefit as a result of their position on a Board;
  2. Undue Influence: when a person has the opportunity to influence the business of the Board in a manner that leads to personal gain or advantage or the advantage of another entity or professional association; or,
  3. Compromised judgement and decision making: when a person has an existing or potential financial or other significant interest that impairs or might appear to impair independence in the discharge of their responsibilities to the Board

Some guidance for determining the existence of a conflict includes:

  1. The assessment of the conflicting interests must be made by every person affected by the conflict.
  2. The perception of a conflict of interest can be made by another member and should be raised by the holder of the perception.
  3. Self-management of a conflict is not adequate.
  4. The threshold for the disclosure of a conflict of interest is low.
  5. The test is an objective one, related to whether a fair minded lay observer might reasonably believe that the person’s interest might result in a conflict with the proper performance of their duties.
  6. When the conflict is so pervasive as to prevent the member from participating meaningfully in the business of the Board the member may excuse him/herself from a particular decision-making event, if the conflict of interest is limited to a particular issue or case.

For more information, please refer to the TSANZ Conflict of Interest Policy 

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