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Advocacy

The Continence Foundation of Australia advocates for the interests and needs of Australians affected by, or at risk of, incontinence.

The Foundation aims to influence policymakers and impact policies to ensure they consider the needs of people living with incontinence.

Our advocacy efforts currently focus on the following issues:

  1. Increasing awareness of incontinence as a significant health issue for many Australians.
  2. Improving the screening and assessment of incontinence for Australians accessing aged care services and those with disability to ensure their care is safe and effective, individualised and maintains their dignity.
  3. Improving funding for continence products and assessments to ensure that continence care and incontinence management is safe and effective for older Australians and those with a disability.
  4. Highlighting the need for education about how to provide safe and effective continence care and incontinence management is included in the foundation courses of all health professionals, allied health workers and personal care workers.
  5. Improving access to continence assessments that are undertaken by suitably-trained and qualified practitioners.

Women’s Health

The Foundation made a submission to a consultation on the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030. As a result of the Foundation’s submission, incontinence has now been acknowledged as a young women’s health issue and not just an issue as women age. The Strategy now calls for improved treatment, support and access to specialist primary care services for women with urinary and faecal incontinence.

Men’s Health

The Foundation made a submission to a consultation on the National Men’s Health Strategy 2020–2030 which raised incontinence as an unrecognised men’s health issue which needs to be part of a men’s health agenda.

To ensure access and equity the Foundation is advocating for the installation of disposal bins for incontinence products in men’s toilets.

Read more about this issue.

Older Australians

Safe and effective continence care and incontinence management which is person-centred, provides choice and maintains dignity is the right of all Australians accessing aged care services. To ensure policymakers understood this need, the Foundation made submissions to the following consultations:

  • Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care
  • Proposal for a New Residential Aged Care Funding Model
  • Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

 Australians with disability

To ensure access to continence assessments through NDIS-registered providers are safe, effective and undertaken by suitably-trained and qualified practitioners, the Foundation made a submission to the NDIS Thin Markets Project.

Workforce education

To highlight the current inadequacies in Australian nursing education regarding continence care and incontinence management, at both the tertiary and vocational levels of education and training, the Foundation made a submission to the Educating the Nurse of the Future – Independent Review of Nursing Education consultation.