With no state-funded medical treatment for gallbladder conditions, many women in Australia have resorted to a medical treatment known as refusing medical care.
The procedure involves filling up a glass with a solution of water and sugar, and pouring it over the gallbladders of the patient to stop their urine from passing through the gall bladder.
“The gallbladerection is the most common treatment that’s been tried in Australia, but we have to try a different approach, which is to fill up the gall bladders of patients,” Dr Lisa Gillett, chief medical officer for the Australian Women’s Health Network, told Al Jazeera.
She said that while it was an effective treatment, it was not always the most effective treatment for patients who had a genetic condition.
“There’s a lot of variation in the outcomes of patients who have a genetic disorder, and when we’re dealing with genetic conditions we try different treatments that might have different results,” she said.
“What we do is we try to try to see if there’s any risk of adverse effects or complications and then we do that through a protocol and try to find out whether there are any risks.”
According to the Australian Medical Association, refusals are an effective way to reduce the risk of a patient suffering an adverse event or complication from treatment.
However, Dr Gilleott said refusality was not an option for many women with gallbladerias because the procedure is invasive and painful.
“I’ve had patients that’ve said, ‘I would have been fine if you just left me in the bath for 10 minutes’,” she said, adding that some patients had died after undergoing the procedure.
“It’s very difficult to get patients to accept that this is the alternative, and that’s why refusal is not a viable option for most people.”
“We need to look at ways of helping people who have these conditions, and not just refusing.”
The treatment has also been linked to a range of side effects, including severe fatigue, irritability, anxiety and sleep disorders, which have been linked in the past to a variety of conditions including depression, obesity and cancer.
Al Jazeera’s Alisha Fergusson, reporting from Sydney, said she had experienced symptoms of anxiety and insomnia after undergoing refusalty, which she said was “pretty much the end of a career”.
“I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2011 and my GP told me it was going to take two years for me to live normally again, so it was a tough time,” she told Alja.
“In the beginning I was going through a lot, and my doctor would tell me, ‘you’ve got to go to bed and sleep, and you’ve got five to six hours of rest a day.'”
I did that for a few years, and then in 2014 I started to feel pretty good again, and I didn’t feel any pain or anxiety any more.
“She continued: “I had to stop my insulin injections and the doctors told me I had gall bladder cancer, and it’s something that you need to be aware of.
“Al Jazeera contacted the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA), which regulates medical practices in Australia.
AHPRA said it could not comment on individual cases, but would provide an update on the procedure in due course.
Dr Gilleot said there were “some people who are struggling with gall bladder problems”, and added that she did not believe the treatment was harmful.”
For some people it can be very beneficial, because if you have a gall bladder condition and you have an infection or a malignancy it can cause some issues, and we try and support that,” she explained.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said that refusalling medical treatment could cause serious side effects.
But Dr Gillestt said that if it was found that a woman had a gallbladdy condition and refusall treatment, then she would be given a referral to an appropriate specialist, which could take up to 12 months.
Refusals can be a form of discrimination and can be seen as discrimination against women, said Dr Gellett.”
If they are discriminating against women in the workplace or in the community, then they need to do something about that,” Dr Gilett said.
While there are no government guidelines, some women in other countries, including the US, have refused medical treatment due to the risk it could cause harm to their health, said Gilletta.
In Australia, there is currently no specific legislation to prohibit refusalities, but some states and territories have introduced laws to ban refusally treating patients with a gall-bladder condition.
For women with a genetic gallblada condition, refusal is considered discrimination and is considered a form in-person discrimination under the Australian