Wed 19, Sep 2018
Over 100,000 Tasmanians are living with debilitating bladder and bowel problems, a wide-spread health issue that for the majority can be helped or even cured.
Incontinence affects 1 in 4 adults and has a negative impact on self-esteem, motivation, dignity and independence. It also costs the Australian economy a staggering $67 billion.
“We know that incontinence affects people of all ages, genders and abilities. Currently, there are over 5 million Australians living with incontinence. We also know that the majority of cases can be better managed, better treated or even cured yet many people never seek help,” said CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia, Rowan Cockerell.
That is why the Continence Foundation of Australia is hosting a free forum in Hobart for adults affected by bladder and bowel issues, their carers, family and friends. This is a great opportunity for residents of Tasmania to hear from the experts and learn about pelvic floor muscle health, continence and associated issues, plus management options.
Speaking at the Community Continence Forum will be Clinical Nurse Consultant, Alyson Sweeney and Senior Physiotherapist, Sarah O’Loughlin - both from Tasmanian Health’s Community Continence Service.
The free Community Continence Forum will coincide with the annual gathering of Australian and international continence experts at the 27th National Conference on Incontinence in Hobart that week.
“Attending a community presentation such as this may be the first step in regaining control of your health and a happier life. We urge people with bladder and bowel concerns to take advantage of this terrific opportunity,” said Mrs Cockerell.
The Community Continence Forum will be held on Tuesday 23 October, and include light refreshments from 6.00pm, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart. This is a free public event but due to limited spaces, bookings are essential.
When: Tues 23 October 2018, 6pm
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
Registration: online or by calling 03 8692 8400
For free confidential advice, information and referrals about bladder and bowel health, call the National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66 or go to continence.org.au