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The Therapeutic Goods Administrator (TGA) has launched a website hub for transvaginal mesh information. Transvaginal mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Some women have experienced serious complications from transvaginal mesh implants, and this has had a major impact on their lives. The web hub links to information on consumer support services, adverse event reporting, regulatory changes, the Senate Inquiry into transvaginal mesh, and other topics. For more information, please contact the TGA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1800 020 563.

You can visit the website here.

HCA in collaboration with the Nation's state’/territory peak health consumer organisations have released a joint media statement in response to the Government’s response to the Senate inquiry into trans vaginal mesh and Minister Greg Hunts apology to women affected by trans vaginal mesh implants. You can view the release below.

Mesh media release October 18

HCA’s Chief Executive, Julia Overton was invited to attend a morning tea held in SA Parliament House and hosted by the Pelvic Mesh Awareness Group. The morning brought people with lived experience together with members of parliament, industry experts and SA health. Thank you to the mesh affected women who attended and shared their experiences with us.

There is a SA Health Transvaginal Mesh Strategy in place now which includes:

- a free consumer support line 1800 666 374, staffed 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- establishment of The Consumer Advisory Group
- distribution of information via GP newsletters
- commencement of medical record audit
- establishment of The Executive Advisory Group and Clinical Reference Group.

You can find out more here

Pelvic mesh has been used in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence since the ‘90s and the majority of women who have had surgical treatment continue to have a good long-term outcome; however, some women have experienced complications. As a result the State Government has established a contact line for women concerned about the safety of pelvic mesh. SA Health has established a governance framework to support affected women & clinical referral pathways are being developed. Consumers can be directed to the Pelvic Mesh Consumer Support Line 9 - 4 Mon-Fri via 1800 66 MESH (1800 666 374). You can find out more here.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care hasfinalised a number of resources and guidance documents to improve health care for women considering the use of transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and for removal of transvaginal mesh. Find out more here.

Tuesday 26 June 2018

A letter has been submitted to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care by each state’s Pelvic Mesh Support Groups and the Health Consumer organisations in each State and Territory across Australia, asking the Commission to comprehensively address the recommendations tabled in the Senate Report. You can download a copy of the letter below.

Open letter to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have released two consumer resources to assist and support to women who are considering treatment options in regard to Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence. The resources were developed in consultation with many women across the country, who shared their lived experience at various meetings around the country. You can view both of the resources below.

Patient information resource transvaginal TV mesh Stress Urinary

Patient information resource transvaginal TV mesh Pelvic Organ


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2018 Annual General Meeting

Monday 19 November 2018
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Level 1 / 12 Pirie Street, Adelaide

We invite you to come along and join us for our 2018 Annual General Meeting. Following the formalities, we have three special guest speakers who will discuss partnerships in best practice. Allison Willis from HCA will talk about the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Consumer and Community Engagement Project, followed by Grant Phelps from Central Adelaide Local Health Network, who will speak about our partnership on the Consumer and Community Engagement Strategy from the perspective of the Local Health Network. The final speaker, Lily Griffin, a consumer from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network will speak about the outcome of working in partnership with HCA on consumer and community engagement by looking at the recent evaluation. Following the meeting we invite you to join the Board and Staff members for nibbles and networking.

You can register to attend the AGM here.

The Agenda is available here.

Health and Well-Being Strategy 2019 - 2023 Workshop

Last week HCA supported SA Health by recruiting consumers to attend the Health and Well-Being Strategy 2019 - 2023 workshop to inform the health priorities that should be included in the Health Strategy 2019 - 2023. Consumers worked together with SA Health and Local Health Network Staff to identify their ideas on state health priorities for the next five years and beyond. The Strategy is a system-level strategy developed by the State Government to meet future health challenges. The workshop was registered to capacity with twenty consumers participating in addition to 180 staff in attendance. You can find out more about this consultation on the Health and Well-Being Strategy here.

Consumers Health Forum of Australia – National Election Platform Consultation 2019

Yesterday, HCA welcomed the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) of Australia who hosted a consultation for their South Australian members. The consultation focused on national-level policy, and reform priorities from South Australian health consumers' perspectives. This was one of several consultations which is being held across the country to help inform the CHF 2019 Federal Election priorities. We will include the link to the CHF election platform in our eNews once it is announced. You can find out more about CHF’s work here.

Submission on the review of EPAS

On Tuesday 30 October 2018, HCA facilitated a small group of consumers to provide feedback on the Review of the Electronic Patient Administration System (EPAS) consultation paper. HCA’s submission on the consultation paper was informed by this meeting, and the responses received through email. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. You can view our submission to the EPAS Review Panel here.

Health Consumers Tasmania

Work has commenced on building a new health consumer organisation for Tasmania. The aim of this organisation is to create an independent health consumer voice in Tasmania, which until recently was the only state in Australia that did not have an independent peak health consumer organisation. Bruce Levett has been appointed as the Executive Officer and commenced work in late August 2018. HCA had the pleasure of meeting Bruce as part of his induction. You can find out more about Health Consumers Tasmania here.

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SALHN Forum: Draft Adult Community Mental Health Service Plan

Friday 23 November
1.00pm – 3.00pm

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Is hosting a consultation on the draft proposed Adult Community Mental Health Service Plan. SALHN has been undertaking a process of redesigning Adult Community Mental Health Services in the South, in response to SA Health Recommendations. The proposed Service Plan sets out the details of how Adult Community Mental Health Services will be organised across the South, including the range of service pathways and treatment options to be offered, as well as how consumers can access these services. Consumers with lived experience of mental health or who are caring for someone with a mental health condition, is encouraged to attend. You can find out more and register here.

South Australian State Population Health Conference

Saturday 1 December 2018
8.30am – 4.30pm

The SA State Population Health Conference is the premier developmental opportunity for emerging public health researchers and practitioners to present their work to a local audience. In 2018, they are embracing diversity, and acknowledging the role that each of us play in supporting populations to improve their health. The Conference focus is on developing links between research, advocacy, practice and policy. Participants will learn from others in the field and hear about the work being done to contribute to better health in South Australia. You can find out more and register here.

Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Showcase Day

Thursday 22 November 2018
1.30pm – 5.00pm
Royal Adelaide Hospital

The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is hosting the inaugural RAH research showcase. This event will give the public an opportunity to hear from world-class researchers about the latest research being undertaken at the RAH. Topics covered include:

  • understanding inherited leukaemias
  • improving outcomes for patients with vascular devices
  • obesity and heart failure
  • investigating E-Cigarettes.

You can register to attend and find out more here.

The Uluru Statement and the end of history

Friday 16 November 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre

The 21st Annual Hawke Lecture is to be delivered by award winning Australian journalist and writer Stan Grant. In this lecture Stan outlines how the Uluru Statement represents a chance to tell Australia’s story anew, to tell the truth of a nation that has its roots tens of thousands of years before the landing of the First Fleet. He says the rejection of the Uluru Statement is a moment lost, a moment that could have completed Australian liberalism. You can find out more and register here.

Conflicts of Interest workshop

Thursday 6 December 2018
9.00am – 1.00pm
Level 1/12 Pirie Street Adelaide

HCA is hosting a free workshop for health consumer or carer representatives, or advocates with an interest in learning about conflicts of interest in health care.
The workshop will be run by two internationally respected academics with expertise in this area, Professor Lisa Bero from the University of Sydney, and Dr Ray Moynihan, from Bond University.
The following will be covered (using plain English):

- Introduction to the scientific evidence about how sponsorship from drug companies and other industry groups affects medical education and research
- Introduction to accessible databases that can be searched to find out more about drug company payments to doctors and patient groups

This will be followed by a facilitated discussion about conflicts of interest.

Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will be evaluated and information relating to this will be sent via email to participants in the week prior to the workshop.
Contact HCA on 82314169 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to discuss support for transport.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) Close Thursday 22 November 2018.

You can register your EOI here.

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