Keren Faulkner, physical therapies manager at the London and Rio Paralympic Games, speaks to Maria Whitmore about the Paralympians’ extraordinary determination, not only in the sporting arena, but in the management of their disabilities.
Glenn Turnbull contracted encephalitis as a toddler, which left him severely disabled. His mother, Moira, who has been caring for him ever since, was recently awarded the Continence Foundation of Australia’s 2016 Carer of the Year. Moira shares her story with Maria Whitmore.
Ever wondered if your doctor or health specialist truly understands the debilitating effect incontinence has on your life? Associate Professor Michael Murray does. We spoke with him about his own compelling, very personal post-surgery story.
Continence Foundation member and Brisbane researcher, Dr Prabha Lakhan, has received an Australian Bladder Foundation grant to conduct the study: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women attending an Indigenous primary healthcare clinic and their experiences of management of urinary incontinence.
Getting through prostate cancer truly seems hard enough, but many men find urine leakage is the biggest challenge they must cope with during the recovery process. The loss of self-esteem and stigma attached to incontinence stops them from seeking help and discussing it with people in their lives—including family and friends.
Following escalating media stories, the Australian Government announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in September 2018. We interviewed Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, to find out more about the Royal Commission.
Janie Thompson is the immediate past President of the Continence Nurses Society Australia and has over 20 years experience as a Nurse Continence Specialist. She works for Alfred Health Continence Service in Melbourne.
The Continence Foundation says a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to retiring Consumer Advisory Committee member and former Senior Australian Of The Year, Phil Herreen who will be refocusing his volunteer efforts to support local, SA-based organisations.
An award-winning research paper sponsored by the Continence Foundation of Australia, and presented at the 26th National Conference on Incontinence, has found that 30 percent of women netballers experience urinary incontinence while playing Australia’s most popular team sport for women.
Ghastly primary school toilets can have a negative impact on a child’s learning as well as physical and psychological health, which is why Australia’s peak body for bowel and bladder health is challenging schools across Australia to help eliminate the bad childhood experiences that start in the toilet block.
A colostomy at the age of 21 was not the end of the world but the beginning of a new one. Now at 95 years of age, Jean Croxton shares some of her inspirational wisdom with granddaughter Kellie Matalone
The continence team at Victoria’s Western Health has won the Continence Foundation of Australia’s World Continence Week competition for its work to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of incontinence.
Read about the lucky recipients of scholarships to the 26th National Conference on Incontinence, the Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management, the Certificate II in Continence Promotion and Care and our Core Foundations education workshop.
It’s Summer, which of course means sun, beaches, getting outdoors and perhaps taking off for a leisurely road trip. If you are not completely comfortable with the idea of leaving the comfort of home (and your own toilet) then you should download the fabulous and holiday-friendly National Public Toilet Map, which will enable you to plan your vacation with the comfort of knowing where every public toilet is along your way.
The Continence Carer of the Year Award acknowledges the important but often overlooked role of at-home carers, who deal with the complex role of caring for someone with incontinence. The award is open to carers from all around Australia, and nominations are invited from family, friends or health professionals who would like to bring to our attention these amazing individuals whose contributions are valued at over $1 billion a week in Australia. The winner of the Continence Carer of the Year Award receives a prize of $1000.
This year, we launched a major public awareness campaign in March, Laugh Without Leaking. It featured comedian Bev Killick, who has lived with incontinence her entire life. And in June, we headed to Canberra to officially launch World Continence Week (WCW) at Parliament House with Health Minister Greg Hunt and Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt.
Greg Ryan was born without an anal opening, a congenital abnormality known as Imperforate Anus which affects 30,000 babies around the world each year. Without surgical intervention at birth, Greg would have died within 24 hours. Two Australian surgeons saved him, but the outcome ushered him into a life of shame, secrecy, social stigma and intense mental health difficulties.
Anne-Marie Howarth was 31 years old when she suffered a motorbike accident which left her with a spinal cord injury, restricting her bladder and bowel control. Not to be outdone by her injury, instead it opened a world of new opportunities.
The Continence Foundation of Australia is featuring the latest in research and practice at the 27th annual National Conference on Incontinence. This year, it will also feature a forum for people living with bladder and bowel issues, their carers, family and friends.
Elite netballer, Sharelle McMahon remembers the day well. She was at a training session with the ANZ Championship team, the Melbourne Vixens when a physiotherapist used an external ultrasound to track how well the players were switching on their pelvic floor. “Only one of us in that group was actually activating our pelvic floor correctly, and that one wasn’t me,” said Sharelle.
In this issue, we are honoured to share the challenges overcome by a Canadian kid - bullied at school due to faecal incontinence, we speak with former Australian Netball Captain, Sharelle McMahon about her pelvic floor challenges both on and off the court and we introduce you to our new Laugh Without Leaking campaign.
For many people living with incontinence, Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS) has delivered life-changing results where all other treatments failed. Urogynaecologist and Continence Foundation Board Vice-President, Dr Ian Tucker explains.
The prospect of earlier death from preventable diseases compared to women has yet to convince some men to adopt healthier lifestyles. Perhaps the prospect of erectile problems might provide some motivation.
Are UTIs (urinary tract infections) just part of being a woman? Something we have to put up with? By the time they turn 24 years of age, one in three women will have had a UTI, and they affect more than 50% of all women during their lifetime.
After birth, correct abdominal muscle exercise techniques are needed to protect the recovering pelvic floor and to prevent it from further stretching: some tips and techniques for fitness professionals
It’s holiday time, when children are asked to go on sleepovers and summer camps. But for some children, the thought of an overnight sleepover can be the cause of so much anxiety, they avoid them altogether.
Research has been telling us for years that women with osteoporosis are at greater risk of incontinence. We also know that incontinence, particularly urge incontinence, increases a person’s risk of falling over. This osteoarthritis-incontinence double whammy puts people – particularly older women - at a greater risk of bone fractures compared to the rest of the population.
It’s World Continence Week June 19 -25, and Australians are being urged to take the matter of incontinence seriously, particularly in light of disturbing new data that suggests the majority of women affected simply laugh it off.
This disturbing account of the “fall-out” two women experienced after embarking on a strenuous exercise program at a regional gymnasium is a timely reminder why women and fitness professionals need to be made aware of pelvic floor-safe exercising.