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 and our fellow health consumer organisations from across Australia have launched a national campaign to understand the impact of pelvic mesh, tape or sling implants.
Pelvic mesh is used as an implant to resolve pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The product design and implantation techniques appear to be responsible for serious, life-altering complications in some women. It is estimated that there may be as many as 100,000 women with the implant. And of these, the proportion of women suffering complications has been variously estimated to be anywhere between 1% and 30%.
The Health Issues Centre (HIC) have created a temporary Facebook page as a way to understand the magnitude of the problem and to gain insight into the quality of information that has been provided to women about this procedure. You can visit the page here.
A survey has been created for women to provide information anonymously about their experiences with mesh, you are invited to complete the confidential survey here.
An information sheet has been created to help women get the answers and support they need.
You can view the information sheet below.
On 15 February 2017, a senate inquiry was launched into the number of women in Australia with pelvic mesh implants and related matters.
View the senate inquiry here.
A guide has been developed to assist women or members of their family to make a submission.
You can view the guide here
The HIC has received a large number of responses. You can visit their website page here for more information.
To continue to raise awareness the HIC is seeking donations throughout May 2017 to continue the campaign. You can find out more and donate here.
Submissions close Wednesday 31 May 2017
To be released in November 2017.
You can listen to ABC’s radio national recent broadcast over the concerns of the side effects of pelvic mesh implants here.
You can watch channel 10’s the project’s story on transvaginal mesh implants and view further links and statements here.