Number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters

On 15 February 2017, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

The number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters.

  1. The number of women in Australia:
    1. who have had transvaginal mesh implants;
    2. who have had transvaginal mesh implants who have experienced adverse side effects; and
    3. who have made attempts to have the mesh removed in Australia or elsewhere.
  2. Information provided to women prior to surgery about possible complications and side effects.
  3. Information provided to doctors regarding transvaginal mesh implants and possible complications and side effects.
  4. Any financial or other incentives provided to medical practitioners to use or promote transvaginal mesh implants.
  5. The types and incidence of health problems experienced by women with transvaginal mesh implants and the impact these health problems have had on women’s lives.
  6. The Therapeutic Goods Association’s:
    1. role in investigating the suitability of the implants for use in Australia;
    2. role in ongoing monitoring of the suitability of the implants; and
    3. knowledge of women suffering with health problems after having transvaginal mesh implants.
  7. Options available to women to have transvaginal mesh removed.

Submissions should be received by 31 May 2017. The reporting date is 30 November 2017.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829
community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au