News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Strong interest in surgical mesh forums

The Ministry of Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Simpson is pleased by the positive response to the announcement of surgical mesh restorative justice forums, which begin today.

“Since we opened the registration process earlier this month more than 300 people have registered to attend one of the sessions around the country,” says Dr Simpson.

“It shows people harmed by mesh, their friends, whānau and families are keen to be heard and understood.”

“To accommodate the demand, we are in the process of adding more forums during September and October.”

“We are also pleased to announce that, with support from ACC, we are now able to offer some reimbursement of travel costs for people wanting to attend the sessions,” says Dr Simpson.

While registrations for the forums is now closed, the option for people to share their story in writing or by audio or video on the website remains open until 31 October 2019.

This process is being facilitated by a team from the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University of Wellington.

"This is a chance for men and women harmed by surgical mesh to tell their story. This part of the process is incredibly important - we know how much pain and suffering the complications have caused a significant group of people. These sessions are so important."

The first forum begins in Wellington today, with other sessions in Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


More Large Birds: Giant Fossil Penguin Find In Waipara

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. More>>

Wellington: Little Blue Penguins Near Station Again

There have been more sightings of penguins near Wellington Railway Station on Sunday night, this time waddling into a parking building above a burger restaurant. More>>


Heracles inexpectatus: Giant Ex-Parrot Discovered

“New Zealand is well known for its giant birds. Not only moa dominated avifaunas, but giant geese and adzebills shared the forest floor, while a giant eagle ruled the skies. But until now, no-one has ever found an extinct giant parrot – anywhere.” More>>


Howard Davis: Sam Brooks' Burn Her Sets Circa Theatre Ablaze

Burn Her is engaging, witty, and exceptionally sharp, with every line of dialogue inserted for a reason and perfectly delivered by the two leads, who manage to command their space without competing against each other. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland