Two Western Health clinical experts have helped to develop a new pilot national clinical quality registry to collect information on pelvic floor surgeries.
Western Health Director of Surgery and Head of Urology Prof Helen O’Connell and Clinical Lead for Urogynaecology Dr Oliver Daly have worked in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Monash University to make the registry a reality.
The Pelvic Floor Surgery Clinical Quality Registry will receive $2.3 million in funding from the Federal Government over three years, and will help improve health outcomes for the more than 20,000 women who undergo pelvic floor surgical procedures annually.
In time the registry will be able to provide risk-adjusted feedback to clinicians and other key stakeholders on the quality and safety of care to enable continuous improvement. It marks significant progress in the area, and will enhance options for managing pelvic floor disorders for all women.
The registry’s establishment forms part of the response to a Senate inquiry recommending better post-market surveillance and informed consent processes for transvaginal surgical mesh devices used in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt thanked Prof O’Connell and Dr Daly for their efforts in a recent funding announcement for the registry.