Follow the links on this page to find useful information for health professionals.
The following video contains information for health professionals providing telephone support to consumers.
The National Continence Helpline provides advice to health professionals, carers and people experiencing bladder and bowel problems. The continence nurse advisors can provide a range of information to health professionals, including support to treat and manage incontinence and a range of free information resources for your clients.
The Australian Continence Exchange is an online clearinghouse designed to assist health professionals in their approach to continence health management support. The site provides access to health resources as well as a platform for professional development through education opportunities and the sharing of ideas and information via the online forum.
The National Continence Helpline uses a service directory to refer callers to local continence services. This database is managed by the Continence Foundation and updated on a regular basis to ensure accuracy. You can access the directory yourself to search for continence services, or call the National Continence Helpline to determine the most suitable health professional/service provider.
Once you have assessed your client and developed a continence management plan - including what product/s best suit the persons needs - it is important to find a continence supplier that provides flexibility and choice for the person.
Details of continence product suppliers and manufacturers may be accessed via the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 or through our online continence product supplier directory or continence product manufacturer directory.
Please note that these directories are not exhaustive, and exclude pharmacies (chemists) and supermarkets, which also supply continence products.
The Continence Foundation has partnered with The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited to register three nationally accredited courses in continence management. You can read more about these accredited courses here.
The National Conference on Incontinence is an annual scientific conference hosted by the Continence Foundation of Australia. The multidisciplinary conference provides a platform for the latest developments in the field of continence diagnosis, treatment and management, with both national and international speakers.
The 23nd National Conference on Incontinence will be held in Cairns, 10-13 September 2014.
The National Continence Scholarship program supports 10 health professionals to attend the National Conference on Incontinence. Appplications are open to nurses, continence nurses advisors and physiotherapists who work in the field of incontinence, or manage continence issues on a daily basis.
The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal is a quarterly, partially peer reviewed journal, produced under the auspice of the Continence Foundation of Australia and the New Zealand Continence Association (NZCA). This multidisciplinary journal is the only one of its kind that is dedicated to researching the diagnosis, treatment and management of incontinence, bringing together the specialties of medical, nursing and allied health.
The Continence Foundation offers a wide range of free information resources for professionals, clients and carers. To search for professional resources select "Professionals" under the "Topic" selection. Other resources may be browsed by topic, and downloaded (in PDF format) or ordered (in bulk). The Continence Foundation recommends registering on our website to make your ordering process faster and easier in future.
The Foundation also manages the Australian Continence Exchange website continencexchange.org.au, an online clearinghouse that provides a wide range of health resources from key Australian continence organisations. The site also provides professional development through education opportunities and the sharing of ideas and information via the website's online forum.