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Statement on pelvic mesh class action

21 November 2019

The following is a joint statement between the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Urogynaecological Society of Australasia

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Urogynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA) acknowledge the pain and distress suffered by many Australian women who have experienced complications arising from pelvic mesh implants, particularly those used for the treatment of vaginal prolapse. We applaud the enormous courage and resilience of women and their supporters who have worked hard to bring this important issue to the attention of the public. Their actions have been further validated by today’s Federal Court decision.
 
We endeavour to provide the highest standard of care for women who have experienced complications arising from pelvic mesh implants. Dedicated services have been established to provide multidisciplinary care for women with pelvic mesh complications. We believe it is unacceptable that some women with mesh complications have received inadequate or inappropriate treatment from doctors. We are actively supportive of improved training for doctors and government regulation of medical devices to ensure the highest standards of patient care are achieved and maintained. RANZCOG has also developed a number of guidance resources for doctors, in line with bodies such as the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) and that undergo regular review when new evidence or recommendations are published. RANZCOG has also published a range of information brochures for women, including an information brochure on pelvic mesh removal in Australia that can be found at: https://ranzcog.edu.au/Mesh-Resources.
 
Both RANZCOG and UGSA remain actively involved in ongoing measures to improve the safety and monitoring of mesh devices, such as the development of a device registry. We also remain committed to ensuring women are given evidence based guidance and are offered an appropriate range of treatment options, in line with their own goals and values.

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Background
RANZCOG is the peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology, and women’s health in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, responsible for training specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists, and GP obstetricians, and the advancement of professional standards. www.ranzcog.edu.au
 
Closely associated with RANZCOG, the Urogynaecological Society of Australasia aims to advance all aspects of Urogynaecology, including improving standards of care, and teaching and training methods of the subspecialty. www.ugsa.com.au



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