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Are pelvic floor exercises and kegels the same thing?

Wed 24, Apr 2019
The short answer is yes, the terms ‘kegels’ and ‘pelvic floor muscle exercises’ (PFME) refer to the same actions and are often used interchangeably.

How your weight impacts your pelvic floor

Wed 24, Apr 2019
Wondering why body weight is often mentioned in information around incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse? The relationship is more significant than you may think.

Incontinence recognised as key women’s health issue

Wed 17, Apr 2019
The Australian Government’s newly-released National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 identifies incontinence as a key health risk for women and girls.

Youth Week 2019: supporting Aussie teens with incontinence

Thu 04, Apr 2019
Adolescence can be awkward, complicated and sometimes confusing, so imagine adding bladder and bowel problems into the mix. 20 year old Brisbane-based model Anja Christoffersen has a message for young people who experience incontinence.

Health professionals have their say about the National Continence Helpline

Thu 21, Mar 2019
Each year, the National Continence Helpline conducts a survey with consumers, carers and health professionals to better understand how we can improve our service.

Call for NCOI2019 abstracts and workshop proposals

Fri 08, Mar 2019
The Continence Foundation of Australia is pleased to announce that the call for abstracts and workshop proposals for the 2019 National Conference on Incontinence (NCOI) is now open.

Helpline Q&A – Autumn edition

Thu 28, Feb 2019
National Continence Helpline Manager, Sue Blinman, answers some frequently asked continence questions.

5 minutes with Dr Patricia Neumann

Wed 27, Feb 2019
Patricia Neumann is a specialist continence and women’s health physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She works as a clinician at Flex Rehabilitation Clinic in Adelaide and has a clinical interest in all types of pelvic floor dysfunction in men and women, including pelvic pain.

Pregnancy Plan app to help keep you dry

Wed 27, Feb 2019
The statistic is confronting: 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby wet themselves. But don’t despair, pelvic floor muscle exercises during pregnancy may help you stay dry.

Avoiding prolapse when you are working out

Wed 27, Feb 2019
When you think of injuries from working out, the pelvic organs and floor muscles might not be at the top of your list. But in fact, the pelvic floor is like any other muscle and can be placed under strain.

Grant helps toilet train kids with autism

Wed 27, Feb 2019
A Continence Community Health Promotion Grant gave Beanstalk Child Psychology in Adelaide the chance to provide a free toilet training workshop.

In search of world’s best toilets

Wed 27, Feb 2019
Clifftop conveniences with a view, accessible artworks with added purpose, public rest stops that become tourism attractions – these are among the contenders for the 2019 International Toilet Tourism Awards.

Increased funding for Continence Aids Payment Scheme

Tue 19, Feb 2019
The Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) is an Australian Government scheme that assists eligible people to meet some of the cost of their continence products.

The ‘invisible’ pelvic floor is now in 3D

Wed 30, Jan 2019
Learn about your pelvic floor muscles - help prevent leaks and improve sexual fitness

Continence Support Now survey winner

Fri 18, Jan 2019
Thanks to all who entered the Continence Support Now survey and provided feedback. Congratulations to Deanne Scriven of South Australia on winning the Apple iPad prize draw.

The hypertonic pelvic floor

Tue 15, Jan 2019
A hypertonic pelvic floor occurs when the muscles in the pelvic floor become too tense and are unable to relax. Discover in this article what it is, what causes a hypertonic pelvic floor, the signs & symptoms, and what to do if you or your client has the condition.

Ask the experts at the National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66

Tue 15, Jan 2019
Our continence experts answers some frequently asked questions about pelvic floor health.

Rebounding and the pelvic floor

Tue 15, Jan 2019
Rebounding exercise is performed on a rebounder or mini trampoline. Learn more about the health benefits, how safe it is for your pelvic floor and ways to modify rebounding exercises for people with pelvic floor problems.

Community Grants announced

Tue 18, Dec 2018
The Continence Foundation of Australia’s Community Health Promotion Grants support community-focused organisations to run local bladder and bowel promotion activities and events. The second round of 2018 recipients has been announced.

Public consultation for the Draft National Men’s and Women’s Health Strategies 2020-2030

Tue 18, Dec 2018
The Foundation made two submissions to the Australian Government Department of Health in response to a call for public consultation on the Draft National Men’s and Women’s Health Strategies 2020-2030.

A guide for men undergoing prostate surgery

Tue 11, Dec 2018
Getting through prostate cancer truly seems hard enough, but many men find urine leakage is the biggest challenge they must cope with during the recovery process. The loss of self-esteem and stigma attached to incontinence stops them from seeking help and discussing it with people in their lives—including family and friends.

Research study to focus on Indigenous women

Tue 11, Dec 2018
Continence Foundation member and Brisbane researcher, Dr Prabha Lakhan, has received an Australian Bladder Foundation grant to conduct the study: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women attending an Indigenous primary healthcare clinic and their experiences of management of urinary incontinence.

Helpline Q & A

Tue 11, Dec 2018
National Continence Manager, Sue Blinman, answers some frequently asked continence questions.

5 minutes with Janie Thompson

Mon 10, Dec 2018
Janie Thompson is the immediate past President of the Continence Nurses Society Australia and has over 20 years experience as a Nurse Continence Specialist. She works for Alfred Health Continence Service in Melbourne.

Working in Alice and beyond

Mon 10, Dec 2018
Physiotherapist Stephanie Boadle intended to return to Melbourne after a four-month rotation in Alice Springs in September 2017, but she loved it so much she has decided to stay.
Stephanie was one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Conference on Incontinence Rural and Remote Scholarships. She’s seen the impact of incontinence and is passionate about continuing to help people in this area.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Mon 10, Dec 2018
Following escalating media stories, the Australian Government announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in September 2018. We interviewed Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, to find out more about the Royal Commission.

Continence Support Now to help 250,000 workers

Fri 23, Nov 2018
An online continence pocket guide for the growing disability and aged care workforce is now
available to help improve the care that thousands of Australians receive in their homes.

World Toilet Day, 19 Nov 2018: Every kid deserves to go

Thu 15, Nov 2018
World Toilet Day is a stark reminder that 4.5 billion people still live without a safe toilet, including school kids in Australia.

#ncoi2018 Wrap-up

Thu 08, Nov 2018
The 27th National Conference on Incontinence, held in Hobart on 24-27 Oct 2018, was a great success. A special thanks to the over-500 attendees, sponsors and 39 exhibitors for being so engaged with the Conference and making it a stand-out event.

Queensland grandmother named Continence Foundation’s 2018 Carer of the Year

Wed 07, Nov 2018
Former nurse and foster carer, Susanna Harrison of Far North Queensland has been named the Continence Foundation’s 2018 Carer of the Year.

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