Health Issues Centre calls for retrospective health checks for mesh implant recipients

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES: Health Issues Centre chief executive Danny Vadasz says an online survey about mesh implants received 2000 responses in six weeks. "We believe we've still only scratched the surface," he says.

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES: Health Issues Centre chief executive Danny Vadasz says an online survey about mesh implants received 2000 responses in six weeks. "We believe we've still only scratched the surface," he says.

An advocacy group wants state governments to introduce retrospective health checks for women who have had transvaginal mesh implants.

Health Issues Centre chief executive Danny Vadasz told The Border Mail many women still had questions about mesh products.

Therapeutic Goods Administration last week decided to remove some transvaginal mesh products from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

“We’re particularly concerned about the plight of women living in rural and regional areas because they have so few options,” Mr Vadasz said.

“One of the common experiences women report is going to their doctor and complaining about an adverse outcome and being told ‘You’re imagining it’, or ‘This is just a natural part of ageing’.

“If you’re in a small town and you don’t have an alternative physician to see, then what can you do?”