Continence Foundation of Australia Submissions

The Continence Foundation of Australia aims to influence policymakers and impact policies to ensure they consider the needs of people affected by incontinence. Please find following some of our recent submissions. Please click to view our submissions

The Continence Foundation of Australia's 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission 

2021-22 Pre Budget Submission Infographic

The Continence Foundation of Australia contributed to the Federal Government’s 2021-22 budget, following the annual call for pre-Budget submissions. 

The Foundation’s submission outlines how strategic action in the 2021-22 budget would improve quality of life of all Australians, but particularly for older people and people with disability. 

With 6.2 million Australians set to be affected by incontinence by 2030, the Continence Foundation of Australia is calling for an urgent action plan.  

Despite the growing prevalence of incontinence, there is currently no funding commitment or action plan from the Federal Government beyond June 2021. 

A new National Strategy on Incontinence will ensure Australia can meet the needs of future challenges, including the urgent aged care sector reforms arising from the Royal Commission and our changing demographics. 

Our submission proposes a focus on four key areas: maximising national awareness, boosting workforce capacity, economic participation and ongoing research.

The Foundation looks forward to working with the Australian Government to deliver improved health outcomes for all Australians.

The Continence Foundation of Australia aims to influence policymakers and impact policies to ensure they consider the needs of people affected by 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.
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Last Updated: Wed 06, Oct 2021
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