On 28 November 2017, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advised of the decision to remove transvaginal mesh products which have the sole use as the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) via transvaginal implantation from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
The TGA website provides detail of this decision here.
A new regulatory framework for surgical mesh devices and provision of information to the consumers for all implantable medical devices has been approved by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt. The changes are intended to maintain the alignment of the Australian regulatory framework with similar initiatives recently announced in Europe. They are another step in the implementation of the broader regulatory reform agenda set by the Review of the Medicines and Medical Devices Regulations. You can read more detail on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website here.
A story on ABC's Lateline at 9:30pm on Monday 14 August 2017 reveals 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.
Health Consumer Councils across Australia, including HCA have released a joint media statement in response to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) action on mesh. As the state/territory peak health consumer organisations, we have added our voices to those of women across Australia, calling for the banning of mesh. You can read the full media release below.Health Consumer Councils across Australia have released a joint media statement in response to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) action on mesh. As the state/territory peak health consumer organisations we have added our voices to those of mesh-damaged women across Australia calling for the banning of mesh. We congratulate these women on the impact of their strong lobbying with the historic decision by the TGA to remove some mesh products (POP mesh and mini-slings) from their register of approved devices. This move has been celebrated by mesh-damaged women around the world. You can read the full media statement below.
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 Transforming Health Consumer and Community Engagement Committee (THCCEC) Activities Report is now available. HCA would like to thank all the consumers and community members who volunteered their time and provided their wisdom to the Committee, which had its final meeting in September 2017. The report summarises the activities of the committee and the experiences of the consumer and community members as well as those of SA Health representatives who attended the meetings. Recommendations regarding future engagement in health strategy and policy are also included. You can view the report below.
HCA hosted a forum on Power Dependency on Wednesday 15 November 2017. The forum had two key objectives, to review the proposed Power Dependency Strategy and associated messaging to inform the development of a Communications Plan, and support processes for potentially vulnerable people and their carers/families; and to identify what consumers should do to prepare for and manage an outage. The report summarising the key findings arising from the forum is available below.
HCA hosted a forum on consumer experience of SA Health funded services on Wednesday 29 November 2017. The forum objective was for participants to establish an approach across SA Health that ensures community-based services funded through SA Health have a consumer-centred care focus. The report outlining the main themes to emerge from the forum is now available for download below.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) have released a media statement in response to a new report showing that public patients wait twice as long for elective surgery as private patients do in public hospitals. You can read the full statement here.
HCA is pleased to publish this Directory of advocacy / complaints services. It provides a summary of advocacy / complaints services that can assist individuals and families who wish to provide feedback or make a complaint about health, aged care or disability services. The role of each service and the degree of individual advocacy it provides is summarised, and contact details are listed. You can access the directory here.
Friday 16 February 2018
Netfest is South Australia's largest professional development and networking event for non-government youth sector workers. The day-long event brings together over a hundred dedicated youth sector workers, stakeholders and supporters from across the state to discuss ideas, projects and inspire best practice. Netfest includes both formal and informal networking, a keynote presentation, professional development session and an open forum. You can find out more and register here.
Are you thinking about becoming a consumer advocate or would you like to refresh your knowledge?
Our Introduction to Consumer Advocacy Training session will give you information on the role, challenges and benefits of being a consumer advocate.
The sessions are interactive and based on adult-learning principles. Participants receive reference materials and a certificate of attendance.
For more information see attached flyer
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