Wed 29, May 2019

National Conference


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

The program features leading international and Australian experts including keynote speakers Professor Karel Everaert (Belgium) and Professor Anton Emmanuel (UK).

Prof Everaert has been a Professor in Neurology since 2001 and is driving the continence clinic and the sacral neuromodulation centre at Ghent University in Belgium. He will be presenting on lower urinary tract symptoms and dysfunction.

Prof Emmanuel is a Professor of Neuro-Gastroenterology at University College London and director of the Gastro Intestinal Physiology Clinic at University College Hospital. He will be presenting on opioid pain relief and the bowel, the brain/gut axis, and pelvic pain.

Scientific Committee Co-Chair Dr Margaret Sherburn said the four-day conference also includes sessions on topical issues ranging from sexual health to gastroenterology, technology, disability, pregnancy as well as pelvic health and translational research.

“This annual meeting has a broad ranging program with something in it for clinicians working in all areas of continence care – from aged care to paediatrics, from tertiary hospital care, the disability sector, to community care. It is a truly exciting program,” Dr Sherburn said.

Attendees will have access to contemporary research and technology, hands-on workshops, a hot-button hypothetical session, social program and networking. The trade exhibition, with product manufacturers all under one roof, is an exciting opportunity for industry seeking to showcase to professionals in the continence sector.

The 2018 Carer of the YearBarry Cahill Travel Scholarship Award for Best Scientific Paper and Best Poster Award will be announced at the Conference Gala Dinner on Friday. The Conference will also launch the ground-breaking new website Incontinence in Confidence, a new online tool for teens with bladder and bowel concerns.