Wed 29, May 2019

A Queensland aged care facility went global in its attempts to spread the word about healthy bladders and bowels, enlisting the support of world leaders and even royalty to promote World Continence Week.

A game of “Celebrity Stool” was just one of the many activities during a “Stool Party” for carers, personal carers, staff and health professionals at the Pittsworth facility, situated on the Darling Downs south west of Toowoomba. Attendees were also educated in the basics of bladder and bowel care, toilet positioning, catheter and stoma care, and urinalysis, before enjoying an afternoon tea inspired by the Bristol Stool Chart and urine-coloured jelly shots.

The facility’s outstanding promotional efforts were rewarded with first prize for the Continence Foundation’s World Continence Week Promotion Competition, winning a free registration and return airfare to November’s 25rd National Conference on Incontinence in Adelaide.

Event organiser and Living Life project officer Kim Solomon said she was thrilled to win the competition on her first attempt.

“The approach of having a stool party gave a different spin to the learning, both visual and sensory,” Ms Solomon said. “And I think learning with laughter made the difference … making people feel comfortable about what can be an awkward topic.”

The Foundation also awarded free conference registrations to Apollo Bay physiotherapist Cheryl Biddle and Warracknabeal continence nurse Amanda Larcombe for their efforts to educate their communities through events and local media.

Continence Foundation chief executive Rowan Cockerell said the number of high-quality entries from all over Australia demonstrated a diverse workforce dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of good bladder and bowel health.

“We appreciate that events and activities such as these require extensive effort and organisation and I would like to thank everyone who made the effort to promote World Continence Week in their community or workplace,” Ms Cockerell said.

“I look forward to seeing the competition winners at this year’s conference, as well as our many other supporters who continue to enhance their expertise in this field to better support their patients and people in their care.”