Australian Senate Committee Report on Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Thompson C and Faunce TA. Australian Senate Committee Report on Transvaginal Mesh Implants Journal of Law and Medicine 2018; 25: 934-943

10 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2018

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Chloe Thompson

Australian National University (ANU)

Thomas Alured Faunce

Australian National University

Date Written: August 30, 2018

Abstract

On 28 March 2018 the Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee issued its final report on transvaginal mesh devices. It found these devices have caused unnecessary physical and emotional pain and suffering to thousands of women who were not told by their doctors of the objective material risks associated with their use. The Senate Committee concurred with the Public Health Association of Australia's (PHAA) description of the complications resulting from transvaginal mesh implants as constituting a serious public health issue requiring a response at both an individual and at a population level, including counselling, public education, clinical interventions and long-lasting protective mechanisms. The committee’s inquiry highlighted significant shortcomings in Australia's reporting systems for medical devices, with flow-on consequences for the health system's ability to respond to in a timely and effective way to related concerns. Amongst other recommendations, the Senate Committee backed the establishment on a cost recovery basis of a national registry of high risk implantable devices linked to a system of mandatory reporting of adverse events.

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Keywords: Medical Devices; Transvaginal Mesh Implants; Medical Device Regulation

JEL Classification: I18; K32

Suggested Citation

Thompson, Chloe and Faunce, Thomas Alured, Australian Senate Committee Report on Transvaginal Mesh Devices (August 30, 2018). Thompson C and Faunce TA. Australian Senate Committee Report on Transvaginal Mesh Implants Journal of Law and Medicine 2018; 25: 934-943. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3241813

Chloe Thompson

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Thomas Alured Faunce (Contact Author)

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
61 2 61253563 (Phone)

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