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.
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.
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.
Mon 29, Oct 2018
National Continence Helpline Manager, SUE BLINMAN, answers some frequently asked continence questions:
- My fit and healthy 16-year-old daughter continues to wet the bed at night and has occasional loss of urine in small amounts during the day. She has been seen by her GP many times and has been told she will grow out of it. She is getting very frustrated with everything. How can I help her?
- I have been a very active person all my life and now at the age of 92 years old I am worried that my current training at the gym with a personal trainer may have a negative impact on my pelvic floor muscles. Is it possible to hurt my pelvic floor muscles at the gym?
- If I layer continence pads on top of one another will it provide me with extra protection?
Thu 25, Oct 2018
A new website to help up to 60,000 Australian teenagers with bladder and bowel problems, was launched today at the National Conference on Incontinence.
Thu 18, Oct 2018
The 2017-2018 financial year saw 27,623 calls for help to the National Continence Helpline. We’ve gathered the statistics on caller satisfaction, referrals and caller type.
Tue 09, Oct 2018
Incontinence has a profound effect on the mental health of over five million Australians who are today living with bladder and bowel control problems.
World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10 October 2018) is an opportunity for those people to know that there are effective treatments for incontinence as well as the anxiety and depression that commonly affects up to 1 in every 4 Australians.
Mon 24, Sep 2018
National Conference on Incontinence, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 24-27th October 2018.
The Continence Foundation of Australia, the national peak body for bladder, bowel and pelvic floor health, is showcasing the latest in incontinence research and practice at the 27th National Conference on Incontinence.
Mon 24, Sep 2018
Brisbane-born model Anja Christoffersen was only 17 when she first walked in Amsterdam Fashion Week. Three years later, she’s also focusing on another kind of modelling—being a role model for young people with chronic bladder and bowel conditions. Anja was born with VACTERL Association, a disorder that affects many body systems. While she’s been incontinent her entire life, she hasn’t let it get in the way of pursing her dreams. Anja speaks to Kasia Kosidlo about her challenges and ambition to help others.
Mon 24, Sep 2018
Ever wondered if your doctor or health specialist truly understands the debilitating effect incontinence has on your life? Associate Professor Michael Murray does. We spoke with him about his own compelling, very personal post-surgery story.
Mon 24, Sep 2018
The South Australian council of Gawler, in the Barossa Valley, is leading the way for local government by installing continence pad disposal bins in their men’s public toilets.
Thu 02, Aug 2018
The Continence Carer of the Year Award acknowledges the important but often overlooked role of at-home carers, who deal with the complex role of caring for someone with incontinence. The award is open to carers from all around Australia, and nominations are invited from family, friends or health professionals who would like to bring to our attention these amazing individuals whose contributions are valued at over $1 billion a week in Australia. The winner of the Continence Carer of the Year Award receives a prize of $1000.
Thu 26, Jul 2018
This year, we launched a major public awareness campaign in March, Laugh Without Leaking. It featured comedian Bev Killick, who has lived with incontinence her entire life. And in June, we headed to Canberra to officially launch World Continence Week (WCW) at Parliament House with Health Minister Greg Hunt and Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt.
Read more about the campaign and World Continence Week.
Mon 09, Jul 2018
July 8 marks the start of NAIDOC week, a national week of celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Tue 19, Jun 2018
National Continence Helpline Manager SUE BLINMAN answers some frequently asked continence questions:
- Jack is a 92-year old man who reported he was having a very poor urine stream to the point of not passing urine for many hours at a time. Jack’s son asked what could he do for his dad?
- Rose is a 24-year-old woman and was having trouble with her bowels with persistent diarrhoea. She works in a job where it’s not easy to go to the toilet. When she gets the diarrhoea she uses Gastrostop so she can work. Then she gets blocked up again. She asked for our help.
- I work in a supported accommodation in Victoria, caring for a 35-year-old male with severe disabilities. He is requiring continence pull ups daily, related to adverse behaviours. We have worked with both the psychologist and occupational therapist with no change in his behaviour. Is he eligible for any financial assistance?
Mon 18, Jun 2018
World Continence Week 18 to 24 June 2018 - Over 5 million adult Australians are suffering in silence from a $67 billion health issue that for the majority can be helped or even cured.
Sun 17, Jun 2018
Anne-Marie Howarth was 31 years old when she suffered a motorbike accident which left her with a spinal cord injury, restricting her bladder and bowel control. Not to be outdone by her injury, instead it opened a world of new opportunities.
Sun 17, Jun 2018
Greg Ryan was born without an anal opening, a congenital abnormality known as Imperforate Anus which affects 30,000 babies around the world each year. Without surgical intervention at birth, Greg would have died within 24 hours. Two Australian surgeons saved him, but the outcome ushered him into a life of shame, secrecy, social stigma and intense mental health difficulties.
Sat 16, Jun 2018
Irmina is Assistant Professor, Clinical Education Coordination at the University of Canberra and works as a pelvic floor physiotherapist in private practice.
Thu 19, Apr 2018
Elite netballer, Sharelle McMahon remembers the day well. She was at a training session with the ANZ Championship team, the Melbourne Vixens when a physiotherapist used an external ultrasound to track how well the players were switching on their pelvic floor. “Only one of us in that group was actually activating our pelvic floor correctly, and that one wasn’t me,” said Sharelle.
Fri 13, Apr 2018
The Continence Foundation of Australia is featuring the latest in research and practice at the 27th annual National Conference on Incontinence. This year, it will also feature a forum for people living with bladder and bowel issues, their carers, family and friends.
Mon 09, Apr 2018
In this issue, we are honoured to share the challenges overcome by a Canadian kid - bullied at school due to faecal incontinence, we speak with former Australian Netball Captain, Sharelle McMahon about her pelvic floor challenges both on and off the court and we introduce you to our new Laugh Without Leaking campaign.
Tue 27, Mar 2018
The search is on for the best belly-laugh-provoking toilet humour across Australia - from Darwin to Hobart and everywhere in between.
Mon 26, Mar 2018
A new campaign launched today by the Continence Foundation of Australia reveals that the majority of bladder and bowel troubles can be helped or even cured.
Mon 05, Mar 2018
5-11 March is Kidney Health Week, the perfect time to remind everyone that drinking too much water is one of the three common ways women sabotage their pelvic floor.
Tue 27, Feb 2018
We invite abstract submissions from those wishing to share their research and innovative practice.
Thu 22, Feb 2018
The Continence Foundation of Australia is excited to announce a limited number of fully-funded scholarships are available for an upcoming online course for health professionals wanting to increase their knowledge of paediatric continence.
Wed 10, Jan 2018
Did you know 1 in 3 mums wet their pants? Are you one? Soph in the ABC series 'The Letdown' is.
Tue 09, Jan 2018
It’s holiday time, when children are asked to go on sleepovers and summer camps. But for some children, the thought of an overnight sleepover can be the cause of so much anxiety, they avoid them altogether.
Tue 09, Jan 2018
Getting the timing right is key to successful toilet training. Children's continence nurse and National Helpline consultant Janine Armocida offers some practical advice for parents.