Anja Christoffersen

Anja Christoffersen Media Spokesperson, Consumer, Mode

 

Anja Christoffersen is a 21-year-old Brisbane-born model with lived experience of continence issues. Anja was born with VACTERL association, a disorder that affects many body systems. She was only 17 when she walked in Amsterdam Fashion Week and has since continued modelling, written a book, and recently won 1st Runner-Up at Miss Grand Australia. Anja is passionate about being a role model and advocate to young people with incontinence and their health issues.

 

 

 

 

 Keith Davies

Keith Davies

Consumer, advocate
 

Keith was misdiagnosed as a child with undeveloped bladder and delicate stomach. This was later correctly identified as Neurogenic bladder and Detrusor Sphincter Dyssynergia. Keith’s childhood was challenging with his condition, and this continued into adulthood with major medical procedures. Keith is thankful for his ‘fantastic wife’, brilliant children, living in a great country, and having a successful profession.  Keith maintains that living with incontinence is just as stigmatising as you allow it to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 Greg Ryan

Greg Ryan

Consumer, author, Melbourne, Bridge winter 2018

Greg has   been a proud supporter of the Foundation’s, and an advocate for the ’Bins4Blokes’ campaign raising awareness to provide bins for used continence products in male public toilets. He is a 57-year-old from Melbourne who was born with a rare congenital condition called Imperforate Anus. In laymen terms he was born with no anal opening and required reconstructive surgery to create an anal opening as a child by connecting his rectum to his anus and had no functioning sphincter muscles. This has resulted in Greg living a life of faecal incontinence which has impacted greatly on his physical and emotional health. Greg is now a very active advocate for those living with faecal incontinence and has written two internationally recognised books as well as being a keynote speaker at colorectal conferences in Australia, USA, and Europe. He is passionate about raising awareness and understanding of faecal incontinence in the general community.

 

 

 



Dr Bethia Wilson AM


Dr Bethia Wilson

Patron, barrister, health commissioner, comedian/actor/artist, consumer
 

Beth has lived with stress incontinence and is a public speaker who deliver seminars, lectures, and lessons to consumers, caregivers, health care providers, businesses, and others.

She is a lawyer by training with a long-standing interest in medico-legal and ethical issues. Beth has worked as the Health Services Commissioner, Mental Health Review Board President, senior legal member of Social Security Appeals Board, Work Care Appeals Board, and President of the Victorian Branch of ANZAPPL (Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law). She is currently a Legal Member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal and a Patron of the Continence Foundation of Australia and The Satellite Foundation. 

 

 

 


  Alan White

Alan White

Men’s health advocate/ author/prostate cancer survivor

Alan experienced continence issues after prostate cancer, for which he sought help.  After making various lifestyle adjustments, today, his continence is good. Alan is a proud member of our Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) and received the 'Outstanding Achievement: Improving Public Healthcare' award at the 2019 Victorian Minister for Health Awards. He was nominated for his work in men's health, particularly his seven-year involvement with the NAVIGATE trial at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

 

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Last Updated: Wed 01, Jun 2022
Last Reviewed: Tue 17, Mar 2020