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RANZCOG welcomes final mesh report

29 March 2018

The report delivered last night on the number of Australian women who have had transvaginal mesh implants highlighted that more needs to be done to protect the safety of women. The report is welcomed by RANZCOG and reflects concerns expressed by the College in its submission to Senate.

Of particular note is the need for a national registry for high-risk medical devices that allows for clear delineation between mesh procedures undertaken for vaginal prolapse as well as stress urinary incontinence. Currently there is inconsistency in MBS coding and existing databases are maintained on a voluntary basis, the College is supportive of a registry that will provide robust, secure data.

RANZCOG is very aware that as part of delivering high quality clinical care to women, practitioners should have knowledge of national clinical standards and associated resources developed by bodies such as the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

“We support our members by offering clinical guidance and ensure that our College communications and information hubs reflect current national standards,” said President Professor Steve Robson.  

“It was very clear in the report that women who have experienced adverse complications as a result of a mesh implant have endured long-term pain and reduced quality of life. RANZCOG is not dismissive of these accounts and is profoundly sympathetic to all women who have had this experience.

"We have a very rigorous and extensive training program and will continue to provide the best training to our trainees, and continuing professional development to our specialists to ensure that our speciality is equipped to deliver the best care, and in turn that women are able to receive quality care.”

RANZCOG acknowledges the recommendation by the Committee to implement governance arrangements for transvaginal mesh procedures and will work towards this outcome with the relevant stakeholders.
More information can be found on the RANZCOG Pelvic Mesh page here.



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