Establishment and initial implementation of the Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry

Randi T. Jayasinghe, Rasa Ruseckaite, Joanne Dean, Aruna Kartik, Anagi C. Wickremasinghe, Oliver Daly, Helen E. O’Connell, Amanda Craig, Anne Duggan, Dora Vasiliadis, Emmanuel Karantanis, Elizabeth Gallagher, Gwili Holme, James Keck, Jarrod Williams, Jennifer King, Jessica Yin, John Short, Kirstine Sketcher-Baker, Pip BrennanSally Rayner, Susannah Ahern

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Introduction and hypothesis: Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are common pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). Owing to significant adverse events associated with mesh-related pelvic floor procedures (PFPs) in a proportion of the surgically treated population, and deficits in collection and reporting of these events, the Australian Government identified an urgent need for a tracking mechanism to improve safety and quality of care. The Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry (APFPR) was recently established following the 2018 Senate Committee Inquiry with the aim of tracking outcomes of PFP involving the use of devices and/or prostheses, with the objective of improving the health outcomes of women who undergo these procedures. This paper will describe the APFPR’s aims, development, implementation and possible challenges on the way to its establishment. Methods: The APFPR has been developed and implemented in accordance with the national operating principles of clinical quality registries (CQRs). The minimum datasets (MDS) for the registry’s database have been developed using a modified Delphi process, and data are primarily being collected from participating surgeons. Patient recruitment is based on an opt-out approach or a waiver of consent. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) providing additional health and outcome information will be obtained from participating women to support safety monitoring of mesh-related adverse events. Results: Currently in the Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry (APFPR) there are 32 sites from various jurisdictions across Australia,that have obtained relevant ethics and governance approvals to start patient recruitmentand data collection as of January 2023. Additionally, there are two sites thatare awaiting governance review and five sites that are having documentation compiledfor submission. Seventeen sites have commenced patient registration and haveentered data into the database. Thus far, we have 308 patients registered inthe APFPR database. The registry also published its first status report and aconsumer-friendly public report in 2022. Conclusions: The registry will act as a systematic tracking mechanism by collecting outcomes on PFP, especially those involving devices and/or prostheses to improve safety and quality of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1697-1704
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry
  • Clinical Quality Registry
  • Pelvic Floor Procedures, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Devices and Prostheses, Stress Urinary Incontinence

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