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Snapshot of the National Continence Helpline in 2017-18

Thu 18, Oct 2018
The 2017-2018 financial year saw 27,623 calls for help to the National Continence Helpline. We’ve gathered the statistics on caller satisfaction, referrals and caller type.

Incontinence and the mental health of over 5 million Australians

Tue 09, Oct 2018
Incontinence has a profound effect on the mental health of over five million Australians who are today living with bladder and bowel control problems.

World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10 October 2018) is an opportunity for those people to know that there are effective treatments for incontinence as well as the anxiety and depression that commonly affects up to 1 in every 4 Australians.

Continence experts meet in Hobart

Mon 24, Sep 2018
National Conference on Incontinence, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 24-27th October 2018.

The Continence Foundation of Australia, the national peak body for bladder, bowel and pelvic floor health, is showcasing the latest in incontinence research and practice at the 27th National Conference on Incontinence.

From catwalk model to role model

Mon 24, Sep 2018
Brisbane-born model Anja Christoffersen was only 17 when she first walked in Amsterdam Fashion Week. Three years later, she’s also focusing on another kind of modelling—being a role model for young people with chronic bladder and bowel conditions. Anja was born with VACTERL Association, a disorder that affects many body systems. While she’s been incontinent her entire life, she hasn’t let it get in the way of pursing her dreams. Anja speaks to Kasia Kosidlo about her challenges and ambition to help others.

When the continence expert becomes the patient

Mon 24, Sep 2018
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.

Council shows continence care for men

Mon 24, Sep 2018
The South Australian council of Gawler, in the Barossa Valley, is leading the way for local government by installing continence pad disposal bins in their men’s public toilets.

Carer of the Year Award

Thu 02, Aug 2018
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.

Laugh Without Leaking & World Continence Week 2018 wrap up

Thu 26, Jul 2018
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.
Read more about the campaign and World Continence Week.

NAIDOC Week 8-15 July 2018 #NAIDOC2018

Mon 09, Jul 2018
July 8 marks the start of NAIDOC week, a national week of celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Helpline Q & A

Tue 19, Jun 2018
National Continence Helpline Manager SUE BLINMAN answers some frequently asked continence questions.

The $67 billion silent health epidemic affecting 1 in 4 Aussies

Mon 18, Jun 2018
World Continence Week 18 to 24 June 2018 - Over 5 million adult Australians are suffering in silence from a $67 billion health issue that for the majority can be helped or even cured.

From Adversity to Opportunity

Sun 17, Jun 2018
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.

Greg's Secret Life

Sun 17, Jun 2018
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.

Five minutes with Dr Irmina Nahon PhD

Sat 16, Jun 2018
Irmina is Assistant Professor, Clinical Education Coordination at the University of Canberra and works as a pelvic floor physiotherapist in private practice.

Netballers: switching on the pelvic floor

Thu 19, Apr 2018
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.

It's happening in Hobart

Fri 13, Apr 2018
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.

The Autumn Edition of Bridge Magazine is out now

Mon 09, Apr 2018
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.

Search for Australia’s best toilet humour

Tue 27, Mar 2018
The search is on for the best belly-laugh-provoking toilet humour across Australia - from Darwin to Hobart and everywhere in between.

Laugh Without Leaking: Can comedy cure incontinence?

Mon 26, Mar 2018
A new campaign launched today by the Continence Foundation of Australia reveals that the majority of bladder and bowel troubles can be helped or even cured.

Kidney Health Week 5 March #KHW18

Mon 05, Mar 2018
5-11 March is Kidney Health Week, the perfect time to remind everyone that drinking too much water is one of the three common ways women sabotage their pelvic floor.

Abstract submissions for the National Conference on Incontinence

Tue 27, Feb 2018
We invite abstract submissions from those wishing to share their research and innovative practice.

Online Paediatric Continence Education

Thu 22, Feb 2018
The Continence Foundation of Australia is excited to announce a limited number of fully-funded scholarships are available for an upcoming online course for health professionals wanting to increase their knowledge of paediatric continence.

ABC Comedy series The Letdown highlights that one in three mothers wet themselves

Wed 10, Jan 2018
Did you know 1 in 3 mums wet their pants? Are you one? Soph in the ABC series 'The Letdown' is.

Bedwetting - sleepover stress-busters

Tue 09, Jan 2018
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.

Toilet training - a matter of time

Tue 09, Jan 2018
Getting the timing right is key to successful toilet training. Children's continence nurse and National Helpline consultant Janine Armocida offers some practical advice for parents.

On the TV

Fri 22, Dec 2017
Did you catch Dr Jenny King and Dr Bethia Wilson talk to ABC Breakfast in November about the National Conference on Incontinence?

What is Sacral Nerve Stimulation?

Wed 20, Dec 2017
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.

On the speedway of life

Wed 20, Dec 2017
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.

National Continence Helpline – make that call for a cure

Wed 13, Dec 2017
Did you know that over 5 million Aussies regularly have bladder and bowel 'accidents' ... but most don't seek help to better manage or cure it?

5 minutes with Annette Bauchamp

Wed 13, Dec 2017
For more than 20 years, Annette Beauchamp has worked as a physiotherapist specialising in women’s and children’s health, with a focus on continence and pelvic rehabilitation.

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