Wed 29, May 2019

National Conference

The Continence Foundation of Australia is featuring the latest in research and practice at the 27th annual National Conference on Incontinence. The Conference, to be held 24-27 October 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, is Australia’s premier event for health professionals in the sector.

This year, it will also feature a forum for people living with bladder and bowel issues, their carers, family and friends.

It will provide the opportunity for the 1 in 4 Australians who live with incontinence to have their say, meet the experts, learn tips for better managing incontinence, pelvic floor exercises and hear from others who suffer similar health challenges.

The Conference will bring together international and national leaders to present current research and practice in the field of incontinence, including sexual health, NDIS, mesh, pelvic oncology, neuromodulation and translational research.

Physiotherapist Dr Margaret Sherburn and geriatrician Dr Michael Whishaw will cochair the Scientific Committee. In addition to the consumer forum, the Committee is developing a comprehensive program for health professionals including practical workshops, expert presentations and a trade expo.

Dr Sherburn is an experienced clinician, who has worked in the public and private health sectors for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Continence Foundation of Australia and the Bladder Bowel Collaborative Steering Committee which oversees initiatives of the Continence Foundation under the Australian Government’s National Continence Program. She is also the Editor & Chair of the Peer Review Panel of the scientific research publication the Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal. Dr Sherburn is an academic physiotherapist at the University of Melbourne and former head of the Physiotherapy Department at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Her main areas of research are the conservative management of pelvic floor dysfunction in women with prolapse or incontinence, and the role of exercise for pre and postnatal women. She is passionate about the role of exercise for pregnant and new mums, and for older women. Her fields of expertise are bladder and bowel health, pregnancy exercise, and the management of pelvic girdle pain.

Dr Sherburn is a member of the Physiotherapy Committee of the International Continence Society and a contributing author to the recently published The Women’s Health Book.

Dr Whishaw was a founding member of the Continence Foundation of Australia and a past National Vice-President. He works as a Consultant Physician in Aged Care Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Dr Whishaw has worked in the sector for more than 30 years, currently with the RMH Royal Park Continence Service and RMH Urology Service, and with special interests in incontinence in the elderly, neurourology in adolescents and adults, and urodynamics.

In addition to assembling a unique gathering of Australia’s top continence experts and international guests, the National Conference on Incontinence provides a terrific opportunity to visit the ‘Apple Isle’ and explore all that Tasmania has to offer. From the Salamanca Markets held on the waterfront adjacent to the Conference venue, to the world famous art gallery MONA, Tasmanian devils, hiking in pristine wilderness or sailing on the Derwent River - Hobart is one of the most unique cities in Australia.

Registrations for the Conference will be opening soon. 

We are currently calling for abstracts and workshop proposals. Find out more and apply.