Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service to open in 2019
A specialised service for women with pelvic mesh complications will open on the Gold Coast in the first half of 2019.
The Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service will comprise a team of medical, nursing and allied health specialists, offering expertise in surgery, continence care, chronic pain management and counselling.
The service has been co-designed with clinicians, Health Consumers Queensland and consumer representatives to ensure it will meet the needs of affected women.
Women seeking to access the service will require a referral from their general practitioner. Further details will be released in early 2019 on the date the service will commence and when the referrals for the service will be accepted. Sign up here for information relating to pelvic mesh as it becomes available.
A central service model of care has been chosen as pelvic mesh complications require highly specialised clinicians to provide expert and holistic care. Travel and accommodation subsidies are available for women who do not live near the Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service through the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme.
The service will be offered to women who:
- have had vaginally or abdominally placed mesh products for treatment of vaginal prolapse and/or urinary incontinence AND
- are current residents in the state of Queensland or had their initial mesh surgery performed in the state of Queensland.