You have a voice and a vote in the upcoming federal election, and it is an opportunity to raise your concerns and increase awareness about incontinence and related healthcare issues.

There are several actions you can take to have your say. The following resources can give you some guidelines and example scripts to help you get your message across to local members and the media.

To get your local member’s attention, you could take one or more of the following actions:

 


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Find your local member

Find out who your local parliamentary representative is on the Parliament of Australia website

Their contact details can be found by going to the relevant state and territory parliament website for each state and territory listed below:


New South Wales (NSW)
Victoria (VIC)
Queensland (QLD)
Tasmania (TAS)
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
South Australia (SA)
Western Australia (WA)
Northern Territory (NT)


Send them a message on social media

You can send your local member a brief message on social media telling them how incontinence affects you or someone you care for.

Example message:

Hi, my name is…………….

I am one of your electorate members and I have been impacted by incontinence.

(Include one or two sentences on how you have been impacted by incontinence)

What steps will you take to make sure that people impacted by incontinence receive the care and support they need?

These social media tiles are available for download and to be shared amongst your social network and can also be sent to your local member with your message.

For use on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

For use on Twitter

Write a letter or send them an email

You can use this template we have created to lobby your local member. It will help if you include your own lived experience of incontinence and its impact.

Download Letter Template

Make a call to their electorate office

You may be able to speak to your local member about incontinence by calling their office. Make sure you are prepared with a list of key points you would like to make and suggested actions they can take. See the example script below.

Example script:

Hello, my name is ……. and I am a member of your local electorate. I am one of the 5 million Australians impacted by incontinence. Did you know that the prevalence of incontinence is increasing yet the National Continence Action Plan has not been updated since 2014?

Q: How is planning for the increasing prevalence of incontinence considered in your policy platform?

Q: What actions will you take to ensure that people impacted by incontinence receive the care and support they need?

Q: Are you aware of the work of the Continence Foundation of Australia?

Q: With over half of all Australians living with incontinence, do you invite people with a lived experience of incontinence to participate in your events and community consultations?

Request a meeting

You may be able to schedule a meeting with your local member, but if not follow up with an email or letter with your concerns and requests for action on continence care so they know that incontinence is an important issue to their electorate members. It may be helpful to get other electorate members to co-sign this as well.

Attend community events where you may have the chance to ask them a question

During the Election campaign, candidates are often out and about. If you follow them on social media, you may be able to meet them if they are at a local event or location. Be prepared with your key points of concern and actions you would like them to take on continence care, support, and prevention.

Example script:

Hello, my name is ……. and I am a member of your local electorate. I am one of the 5 million Australians impacted by incontinence. Did you know that the prevalence of incontinence is increasing yet the National Continence Action Plan has not been updated since 2014?

Q: How is planning for the increasing prevalence of incontinence considered in your policy platform?

Q: What actions will you take to ensure that people impacted by incontinence receive the care and support they need?

Contact your local talkback radio station

Your local talkback radio station is often looking to discuss topics that impact the local community, and this is a great way to raise awareness and reduce stigma around incontinence.

How to get involved:

  • Election time means political candidates will be regularly interviewed on radio programs. This can be a perfect opportunity to talk to them about incontinence.
  • Be prepared! Have the key points you want to discuss written down beforehand.
  • Be persistent. It’s not always easy to get onto talk back radio. Keep trying and listen out for presenters asking for calls on topics related to incontinence, such as aged care and health.


Write a letter to the Editor of your local paper

A good way to raise awareness about incontinence is to write a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper. If you have a lived experience story of living with or caring for someone with incontinence, this could be a good way to promote the need for greater services and support.

Check the website of your local newspaper to find out how to submit a letter to the Editor.

Interested in becoming more involved?

Join the Continence Consumer Network, a group founded to advocate for those experiencing incontinence, provide insight into the issues relating to incontinence and its effects on daily living and participate in the Foundation’s decision-making process.

For more information go to continence.org.au/continence-consumer-network-ccn

Thank you for helping to raise awareness of incontinence and the impact it has on those experiencing it or caring for someone with incontinence.

If you have contacted your local member or raised your concerns through any of the suggested methods, please get in touch with us to let us know how you went at [email protected]

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Last Updated: Thu 19, May 2022
Last Reviewed: Mon 30, Mar 2020