Our public health guardians have been asleep at the wheel as vaginal mesh tragedy unfolds | Danny Vadasz

We diminish the tragedy by characterising the cases as unrepresentative of typical outcomes, but we must admit our current system has failed us

  • Danny Vadasz is the chief executive officer of Health Issues Centre

It seems inconceivable that the tragedy of failed vaginal mesh implants could have continued undetected for 16 years. And yet it did.

In fact mesh implants remained the preferred clinical procedure to deal with pelvic prolapse and urinary stress incontinence, with estimates suggesting that over 100,000 women have undergone the procedure in Australia.

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The Open 2017: first round – live!

5.46pm BST

Stenson versus Mickelson. How on earth do you follow that?

Well, chances are, you probably don’t. Not if the law of averages is any guide. The previous stone-cold mano-a-mano Open classic, Turnberry’s duel in the sun between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, occurred in 1977. We’re dealing in 39-year gaps. Don’t hold your breath, folks, 2055 is an awfully long way away.

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Dylan Voller plans to run for election to Alice Springs town council

Former juvenile detainee says he would advocate on youth justice, if elected: ‘I’ve got a pretty good insight into that sort of stuff’

Dylan Voller, the former juvenile detainee at the centre of the Northern Territory youth justice crisis, intends to stand for election to the Alice Springs town council.

Voller said he wanted to use his experiences to provide a voice for young people in the central desert town, and although he didn’t have any specific policies, he would consult community members and would advocate on youth justice.

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Shares in Asia head for 10-year high on back of US profit surge

Investors await monetary policy readings from Japan and ECB as key index hits 2007 levels after the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq hit new all-time highs

Shares in Asia have reached their highest point for nearly 10 years bolstered by a surge in stock markets around the world on the back of strong US corporate earnings.

As investors awaited the Japanese and European central bank meetings for clues on their policy outlooks, the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.15%, hovering near its highest level since December 2007.

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