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.
Whilst there was no reference to incontinence in the National Women’s Health Policy 2010, it is pleasing to see that this important and very common health condition is addressed multiple times in the new 2020-2030 Strategy.
“There was reference to the importance of the National Continence Program in the new Draft Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 which was pleasing but it only appeared in the section on Health Ageing,” said Continence Foundation of Australia CEO, Rowan Cockerell.
The Continence Foundation of Australia is pleased to see incontinence acknowledged in the new National Women’s Health Strategy in the maternal, sexual and reproductive health priority area, as well as priority area two - healthy ageing.
“At least four million women in Australia have their quality of life as well as physical and mental health affected by urinary or faecal incontinence. Finally, women of all ages now have their experiences recognised in the Health Strategy,” said Mrs Cockerell.
From the ‘Women’s health at a glance’ section of the National Women’s Health Strategy
The Strategy aims to address the health issues that affect women and girls throughout their lives and sets specific actions to meet these goals. Actions include establishing specialist primary care services for incontinence, increasing access to services and encouraging use of follow up postnatal care pathways.
A key measure of success for the maternal, sexual and reproductive health priority area is destigmatisation of urinary and faecal incontinence and improved access to care (including pelvic floor physiotherapy).
The National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030 is published on the Department of Health’s website.
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