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.
- The number of women in Australia:
- who have had transvaginal mesh implants;
- who have had transvaginal mesh implants who have experienced adverse side
- who have made attempts to have the mesh removed in Australia or elsewhere.
- Information provided to women prior to surgery about possible complications and side
- Information provided to doctors regarding transvaginal mesh implants and possible complications and side effects.
- Any financial or other incentives provided to medical practitioners to use or promote
transvaginal mesh implants.
- 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.
- The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s:
- role in investigating the suitability of the implants for use in Australia;
- role in ongoing monitoring of the suitability of the implants; and
- knowledge of women suffering with health problems after having transvaginal
- Options available to women to have transvaginal mesh removed.
Submissions were sought by 31 May 2017. The reporting date is 30 November 2017.
Extension of time to lodge submissions
The date for submissions has been extended until 30 June 2017.
If you are interested in contributing to the committee’s inquiry, you may find it helpful to look at the guide for preparing a submission which is available on the Senate website: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/How_to_make_a_submission
It includes suggestions on what to include in a submission, a check list, and information about what happens to your submission once it has been received by the committee.
If you have questions, or need more time to write your submission, contact the secretariat.