Bronwyn Ford’s journey with pelvic organ prolapse has been emotional. She describes frustration, sadness, anger and disbelief but on the other side – acceptance, resilience and empowerment. 

As COVID-19 crept across our shores and lockdowns followed, a typical scenario was the panic buying seen in Australian supermarkets. Whilst toilet paper was in high demand, spare a thought for those who also had trouble accessing essential continence products. Living with incontinence is already challenging without the fear of not being able to access the right products, such as continence pads and pants.

Of all the changes a woman can face after giving birth, for Elicia O’Reilly, unexpected incontinence was the worst. After giving birth to a large overdue baby, Elicia was shocked when this happened to her and although a midwife explained that immediate post-partum incontinence was common after vaginal birth, it was something Elicia felt completely unprepared for.

The Australian Prostate Centre (APC) is a not-for-profit medical centre in Melbourne, created to help men living with prostate cancer. They share three ways to balance the important parts of wellbeing including continence, sex, exercise and psychology.

How could incontinence affect your client’s mental health? In a story for Continence Foundation members, Dr Lori Shore (Senior Clinical Psychologist at Alfred Health Continence Service) shares how psychological approaches can help manage the impacts of incontinence.

The Continence Foundation of Australia recently hosted an online webinar Live fearlessly: the continence products you’ll wish you knew about sooner. Catch up on the full webinar on YouTube for more clinical advice and lived experience.


Dr Therese Burke is an MS Certified Nurse and Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, Australia and Clinical Platform Coordinator at MS Research Australia/MS Australia.

Stay on top of your continence health and learn about what the pelvic floor is, how to find it and how to exercise it.  

Stay on top of your continence health and find out how your prostate can affect your bladder and bowels.

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland with a big impact on the urinary system. It surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine to the bladder). This is why changes to the prostate can often lead to changes in bladder and bowel health too.

Steve is turning 70 this year and he’s not planning on slowing down what he enjoys most: caravan adventures with his wife Pauline, working out, meeting up with friends, gardening and cheering on Port Adelaide in the AFL.
Continence concerns are one of the most common symptoms of MS (multiple sclerosis). Andrew Potter spoke with Bridge to share his story of the ‘invisible’ side of MS.
Shan Morrison and Rachel Heerey are Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists with a passion for helping men recover from pelvic pain. They share what you need to know about this treatable condition in Bridge.
In our busy lives, how do we make time for continence health? Nurse Continence Specialist Janie Thompson leads the National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66 and answers this important question.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released 148 recommendations for changes to the aged care system in its Final Report.
Stay race ready by checking in with your bladder and bowel health. Notice any of the following signs? Take action and speak with your doctor:

Exercise can unleash some great effects in us. After all, who doesn’t want improved mood and better sleep?

Men’s Health Physiotherapist Thomas Harris takes us through his top tips for men to think about their pelvic floor while strength training or doing active hobbies.

The Continence Foundation of Australia is hosting a free online panel discussion this Tuesday: A post Aged Care Royal Commission review on improving continence care. With years of combined experience, the expert panel will empower aged care staff and leaders to strive for best-practice continence care.
Janine Armocida is a Nurse Continence Specialist and Maternal Child Health Nurse at the National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66. She shared her expertise with Kidspot on a common issue faced by parents and carers – when a child seems scared of the toilet.
Mother’s Day is a reminder to think about the health of mums around Australia. Women who have had children are overrepresented in the statistics of people affected by urinary and faecal incontinence.
‘You will be ok’: Amy’s prolapse story six years on. Amy Dawes is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Australasian Birth Trauma Association. She shares the emotions and challenges of her birth experience, diagnosis and how far she has come since her diagnosis six years ago.

Last Updated: Tue 19, Apr 2022
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