A voice for women's health

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Have you been harmed by surgical mesh - see below

The Auckland Women's Health Council believes that consumer participation on all decision-making processes for health care services is essential, and one of our four priorities is that women participate in all decision-making processes for health care services.

One of the best ways you can participate in decision-making processes for health care services is to engage in the consultation process on a wide variety of issues as those opportunities arise. For many years the Auckland Women's Health Council has made submissions on a wide range of issues when discussion documents and consultation has been sought by many different government agencies and ministries, and NGOs. Some of our submissions can be found on our submissions page, including recent submissions on:

  • Abortion Law Reform: Submission from the Auckland Women’s Health Council to the Law Commission – May 2018
  • Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill – May 2018
  • Health and disability research involving adult participants who are unable to provide informed consent – April 2017
  • AWHC Submission on the Health Research Strategy – July 2016

We will try to keep you up to date with opportunities to have your say on a variety of issues. See below for information about and links to current public consultations. If you know of any relevant health and disability related public consultations that are currently open, please let us know so we can add them to this page.

Current Public Consultations


Hearing the stories of those harmed by surgical mesh

The Government is asking people to register their interest in sharing their surgical mesh experiences, in order to improve patient safety in the future.

As part of its response to ongoing concerns with the use of surgical mesh, the Ministry of Health is wanting to provide an opportunity for people who have been harmed by surgical mesh and their families/whānau to tell their stories.

It is important that any such opportunity is inclusive and supportive of people’s different needs and situations. Therefore, they would like to hear from those who are interested in telling their story, about how they would like to do this.

You could be someone directly harmed by mesh, or a family/whānau member or friend.

This survey is open until Friday, 18 January 2019.

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