The Commission appeared at the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters on 3 August 2017 and 19 September 2017. The Commission also made a submission to the Inquiry and provided an update on 6 February 2018.
At the September appearance, the Commission advised the inquiry that it had formed the view that for pelvic organ prolapse (POP), transvaginal meshes should only be used in a research context due to uncertainty about long-term effects and the risk of complications.
Following a review of the evidence, the treatment pathway for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) will support use of mid-urethral slings in routine cases. This is consistent with the recommendation of RANZCOG and the approach that has been adopted by NHS England.
The Commission will progressively release relevant resources from March 2018.