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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.