“Well, welcome everybody to the UGSA Conference. I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, but I deeply appreciate your work. I want to acknowledge Dr. Jenny King and Professor Malcolm Fraser and so many of you who are committed to the health of women in your work. In terms of our challenges we know that so many Australian women have suffered from the historic wrongs that have occurred in relation to trans-vaginal mesh. Many of you have played a critical role in helping to recognize and respond to those challenges.
As a government we have been through a program of review. We have de-listed mesh treatments. In some cases where the TGA has found they are inappropriate. We have insured secondly that the Commission On Safety and Quality In Healthcare is setting out new standards. And, thirdly we’ve put in place new NBS items on an interim basis for all the reviews that are underway and are continuing.
I know that’s been a difficult time but I think the UGSA and all of those involved with the college as well, for their work in helping to lead critical change that will make such a difference to the health and physical wellbeing and mental health wellbeing of those women affected.
Finally, looking forward we’re shortly to release the National Women’s Health Strategy. This will run from 2020 to 2030 and as part of that we are looking at all those issues that related to your work. There will be some further significant announcements but the things that we have done together including the new Gardasil vaccine, including the new screening tests for cervical cancer are just steps along the way towards better and better uro-gynecological health and treatment and care.
I thank you, I acknowledge you. I wish you all the best.”
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