The National Mesh Implant Forum was held in Melbourne on Friday April 5, 2019, to consider all aspects of Australia’s mesh implant crisis.

The event brought together mesh injured consumers, carers, regulatory authorities, health officials, the Chair of the Senate Inquiry into mesh and consumer advocates to create solutions and bring about real change.

The forum considered not only the impact of pelvic mesh and rectocele implants, but the emerging parallel crisis involving people who have received mesh implants for hernia treatment.

The Forum was proudly convened by Health Issues Centre, Health Consumers NSW, Health Consumers Queensland, Health Consumers’ Council (WA), Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia, Health Care Consumers (ACT), Health Consumers Tasmania.

This was preceded on the Thursday by a screening of the documentary “The Bleeding Edge”, a must-see film covering the $400 billion medical device industry in the US, and the emotionally powerful stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably harmed from implanted medical devices.

Highly engaging and enraging, seeing this film was touted as having the capacity to not only change your life, it could save your life.

The film screening was held at the Kino Cinemas in Melbourne, with a panel discussion following.

The panel included John Skerritt, Head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration and Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald Journalist who has written articles on both pelvic and hernia mesh.