Harmed by Surgical Mesh?

Listening to the impact and understanding the Ministry of Health’s responsibilities to inform action 


Listening circles to hear from those impacted by surgical mesh harm are continuing in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington until the end of October 2019.  While registrations for these circles are now closed, you can email restorativehealth@vuw.ac.nz if you would like to be included on a waitlist in case a space becomes available. Some travel costs are able to reimbursed for those who do not live in those cities hosting a circle. 

You can also share the impact that Surgical Mesh complications have had on your life in writing or by uploading a video or audio recording to the Story Database until 31 October 2019.

This is an opportunity for New Zealand men and women who have been injured and harmed after undergoing a surgical mesh procedure to share their experiences.

Hearing from mesh injured New Zealanders is important to help the Ministry of Health better understand the true impact and clarify what else needs to be done to support those already affected. This process will also help inform the government and others of what needs to be done to improve patient safety in the future.

The Ministry of Health acknowledges that New Zealanders have experienced harm and injuries following procedures involving surgical mesh. For many individuals and families/whānau, the harm and injuries experienced have led to significant distress and suffering.

Independent analysis of a public survey carried out earlier this year concluded that an opportunity to hear from New Zealanders injured and harmed by a surgical mesh is essential.  Listening to the impact of mesh harm is important to understand the impact, clarify responsibilities and inform government action that will improve patient safety in the future.

Registration for the forums is now closed. The Ministry of Health still wants to hear your story.

You may still submit your audio, video, and/or written stories until 31 October 2019.

We encourage any New Zealander affected by surgical mesh (either directly or as a family member/whānau or friend) to share their experience.

Step 1. Listening and Understanding

We are providing multiple ways to share your story. More information about how to make a video, audio or written submission is available here.

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Step 2. Planning and Acting

Restorative processes typically involve bringing people together who have been harmed with the people who have a responsibility to put things right. The Ministry of Health has committed to holding a separate, subsequent circle with the organisations already identified as responsible for responding to mesh harm and injury. These include the medical colleges, ACC, HDC, the Medical Council, Medsafe and the Ministry of Health. Through facilitated discussion, all these responsible parties will listen to the impact of mesh harm in order to understand the impact, clarify responsibilities and inform government action.

The Ministry of Health has commissioned an independent researcher from Victoria University of Wellington to provide a report describing the impact of mesh harm, the needs of those affected by mesh harm and the responsibilities and actions identified. The process will also be independently evaluated by VUW as a research project with ethical approval.  The purpose of the evaluation is to assess if a restorative process met the intended aims of the project: listening to the impact of mesh harm and understanding the needs of those affected by mesh in order to inform action.

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