A story on ABC's Lateline at 9:30pm on Monday 14 August show that documents obtained by the ABC show the extent to which Johnson and Johnson oversold its surgical mesh products, which are used to treat incontinence and prolapse after childbirth. Find out more here.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, following a request from state and territory health department representatives, is developing guidance for consumers, clinicians and health services on the use of transvaginal mesh products for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
As part of this project, the Commission is reviewing the existing evidence on the use of transvaginal mesh and is working with a reference group that includes a range of clinical experts, consumer representatives and the Therapeutic Goods Administration. You can find out more by visiting their website here.
Closes: Friday 25 August 2017
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking comments on proposed changes to up-classify all surgical mesh medical devices to Class III and to provide patient implant cards (and consumer product information) for all implantable medical devices. You can find out more on the TGA website here.
Closes: Friday 25 August 2017
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has released a consultation paper on improving the regulatory framework for surgical mesh.
It makes three key recommendations
1. All surgical mesh will be upscheduled to Class 3 medical device with a 3 year transition
2. All medical devices will have an ID card- so they can be tracked-the patient implant card
3. There will be a document similar to the Consumer Medicines Information for medical devices
They are seeking comments on proposed changes to up-classify all surgical mesh medical devices to Class III & to provide patient implant cards (and consumer product information) for all implantable medical devices. You can find out more and read the consultation documents here.
HCA and our fellow health consumer organisations from across Australia launched a national campaign to understand the impact of pelvic mesh, tape or sling implants, which concluded Wednesday 31 May 2017. The Joint submission by Health Consumers Councils across Australia to the Senate Inquiry into the number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters is now available below. All submissions made are available to view here.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare would like information about your experience of requesting your medical records. This survey aims to gather information about the relevant hospitals or state health departments where you have encountered problems getting your records and/or you have been charged a fee.
The information will then be collated and provided to the Commission so they can follow up with the health services. Their request to the health service to waive fees is is not guaranteed to have an outcome, but this seems worth pursuing.
If you have been charged a fee and want to see if it can be refunded, leave your details at the bottom of this short survey for follow up.
HCA attended the State Budget briefing in June. You can find our summary of the health budget here:
Has the biggest overhaul in the history of South Australia's health system worked? In the first of a two-part series on Transforming Health, InDaily explores what SA Health has to show for it. The opening of the new RAH and the closure of Repatriation General Hospital will conclude the service moves and Transforming Health will officially end. The ongoing review and improvement of models of care will continue to ensure that services remain contemporary. See the full article here.
HCA is pleased to release our new brochure, designed to promote awareness of our organisation and our services. The key messages include who we are, which services we provide, and how you can become involved with us. You can view and order the HCA brochure here.
The SA health strategic action plan with carers 2016-2020 has been released. The action plan is designed to examine key issues and identify priorities relevant to partnering with carers and the community. You can view the document here.
Monday 10pm on 101.5 Radio Adelaide
The mental health show is all about demystifying mental health. During the show issues are discussed, concerns are raised and solutions are offered. Each week an expert from the field is invited to the show, to discuss the latest research details about their area of expertise. Inspirational stories will be shared with the aim that struggling listeners may feel hopeful. You can find out more and listen to past episodes here.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
1pm – 4pm
Consultation is open for the draft updated National Palliative Care Strategy. Face to face feedback is invited during a workshop to be held at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide. You can view the draft strategy here. Online feedback is also invited through an online survey, you can take the survey here. Find out more and register here.
Monday 18 – Sunday 24 September 2017
This year’s Balance Awareness Week campaign aims to open the discussion and raise awareness of the issues and challenges people experience with balance and other related disorders, and how they have overcome them. The campaign called ‘Do your best flamingo… share your story’, invites those with lived experience to share their stories about how they rebalanced their lives after being diagnosed with one of these disorders. You can find out more and share your story online here.
Friday 8 September 2017
The Frailty & Healthy Ageing Research Showcase will present the latest research taking place in frailty and healthy ageing. Participants will have a chance to find out about the latest technological advances, and will be given critical insights across a full range of research. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. You can find out more and register here.
Friday 22 September 2017: Melbourne
The Alfred Health General Medicine Unit and The Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety invites registrations to their forum: Healthcare in a person-centred era: communicating to improve outcomes. Join a group of transformational speakers, facilitators and local consumers, to discuss the impact, evidence, strategies and practicalities of providing person-centred care. You can find out more and register here.
Want to find out more about the new RAH? Join a community information session in your local area and learn about the new state-of-the-art hospital and how the move is going to work. Midday and evening sessions will be held at each location. Find out more and register here.