“I don’t know whether this is the beginning of the end, or just the start.”
After being formally called to tell her story at the federal government’s Senate inquiry into pelvic mesh technology, Kim Blieschke’s poignant reflection encapsulated more than a decade of life-changing struggles.
For the mother of three, whose transvaginal mesh implant back in 2006 dramatically changed her life for the worse, the opportunity to tell her story was an important one.
“I feel privileged,” Mrs Blieschke said.
“There are only three women that are asked to give their personal experience with mesh at the inquiry.
“I’ve been reading through a lot of submissions which have been made available online and some the stories coming out are quite horrific and disheartening.
“But there are some women that are ‘pro-mesh’, so it will be interesting to see what happens after the Senate inquiry.”
After campaigning for changes to pelvic mesh usage in Australia for the better part of a decade, she said that it was controversial federal Senator Derryn Hinch who was the key to helping secure an inquiry into the medical technology in 2016.
He is expected to be at the Senate inquiry hearing in Melbourne when the Port Pirie local tells her story.
She said she would also focus on ensuring the South Australian government offered greater support to women who were looking for more information or support with the mesh technology.
She hoped that the Senate inquiry would lead to a Royal Commission.
She encouraged anyone who had experience with pelvic mesh to submit their story to the federal Senate inquiry.