Essure contraceptive device: Hazard Alert from TGA

Therapeutic Goods Administration, August 30, 2017

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Australasian Medical and Science Ltd (AMSL), in consultation with the TGA, has issued a hazard alert for Essure. AMSL is also recallingunused stock and withdrawing the device from the Australian market.

The battle over Essure

The Washington Post, Published on July 26, 2017

Nobody can say exactly how many women have had Essure implanted since the device went on the market in 2002. Bayer, which is headquartered in Germany, says that more than 750,000 devices have been sold worldwide and that sales “continue to grow.” 

In recent years, the [US] Food and Drug Administration has received more than 16,000 adverse-event reports about Essure. These are official reports about symptoms, hospitalizations or diagnoses that patients, doctors, hospitals or a device manufacturer believe are associated with a device.

“It seems every two or three years we have another controversy in women’s health,” says Steve Xu, a health-­policy researcher and Northwestern University dermatology resident.

 

New booklet: Vulva & vaginal irritation

Jean Hailes, Last updated 05 May 2017

Jean Hailes has just released a new patient information booklet: The vulva: irritation, diagnosis & treatment. 

Contents:

  • What is normal?
  • Causes of vulva irritation
  • Management & treatment
  • Dryness
  • ‘Good bacteria’ versus ‘bad bacteria’ in the vagina
  • Other natural therapies
  • Irritation
  • Diagnosis
  • Secretions or discharge
  • Odour
  • Probiotics
  • What is the vulva?

Download booklet (PDF) here 

 

 

New Question Builder tool assists patients’ health literacy

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality/Healthdirect Australia

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Healthdirect Australia have jointly launched the Question Builder, a free web-based tool to help people prepare for their medical appointment and make the best use of the time with their doctor. 

Question Builder is a free web-based tool to help you prepare for a visit to the doctor. The tool enables you to build a list of questions that you would like to ask your doctor, and consider questions your doctor might ask you. Question Builder guides you through a series of steps, from selecting which type of appointment you are preparing for, to developing the questions that you would like to ask and helping you to prioritise the most important questions to ask first. These questions can then be printed or emailed to a phone/device for use during the appointment.

Question Builder is designed to be used with general practitioners and specialists in Australia.  It encourages you to ask questions that matter most to you, participate in the appointment and share decisions with your doctor about your own health care.

Whether you are seeing a doctor for a new condition, having a check-up, talking about a recurring health condition, or discussing medication, a test or surgery, Question Builder can help you to get the most out of your appointment with your doctor.

The Commission has developed Question Builder in partnership with Healthdirect Australia.  It is available via the healthdirect website.

  • You can find Question Builder here 

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Condoms: Barriers Young People May Face and How to Overcome Them

Posted by: YEP Project on January 8, 2015

Aside from the ‘embarrassment’ factor, many young people may have a number of reasons as to why they do not use condoms, and as Youth Workers, it is important to recognise these barriers and work with the young person to identify ways to overcome them.

  • Read more here
  • Note: SHine SA sells and loans the Condom Card Game/Condom Negotiation Cards box set. This consists of two activities which have been designed for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but are used with all kinds of people. The Condom Negotiation Cards are designed to be used to help participants to recognise the excuses used for not using condoms and to assist them in developing skills to negotiate condom use. The Condom Card Game aims to help participants to understand the correct steps in using a condom. The box set sells for $50.
    Download the SHine Resources order form (PDF) here