Working towards pelvic mesh safety together

Who we are


The Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry (APFPR) is a Commonwealth Government health initiative established to record information about surgeries in Australia for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) procedures. It is a clinician-led national clinical quality register managed by Monash University.

Why participate


Your information will make an invaluable contribution to the future of Australia’s health system by helping to improve medical device awareness and facilitate patient-centred care and safety. This project is designed to safeguard the health of people undergoing procedures involving stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Information is collected in a simple and secure way, and provides peace of mind for the patient that they have their procedure details recorded. As more patient information is collected, the data produced will be analysed and reported so every new patient considering pelvic surgery with mesh better understands the benefits and potential risks of these procedures.

Our purpose


The APFPR will collect information with the sole aim to improve quality of care and increase the safety and awareness of patients undergoing procedures involving medical devices such as pelvic mesh. From the data collected we will track the long-term safety and performance of these procedures and establish the best surgical practice for the best patient health outcomes.

THE LIVED EXPERIENCE


This registry was established following a 2018 Senate Inquiry where many brave Australians who suffered deeply private and frequently traumatic experiences as a result of mesh-related procedures shared stories that prompted important changes to our nation’s health system. This registry is an outcome of their efforts to raise awareness of the serious, long-standing impacts they suffered following mesh-related procedures, and to ensure the adverse events that affected them should be detected to safeguard future patients. The APFPR has consumer representation to ensure that the aims and activities of the registry is informed at all times by the experiences and advice of women who live with mesh complications.