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Managing incontinence, specifically nocturia and the aged

In partnership with the Australian Association of Gerontology, this webinar addresses the challenges inherent in managing incontinence in the aged, including nocturia in older community-dwelling adults. Learn the diagnostic features of urinary incontinence in older people, the multifactorial causes of nocturia and explore individualised treatment of nocturia.

Presented by Dr Michael Whishaw, Consultant Physician in Aged Care Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Dr Wendy Bower, Senior Clinician and Researcher at Melbourne Health.

Promoting healthy bladder and bowel habits at school webinar

A resource for primary school staff focussed on the promotion of healthy bladder and bowel habits at school. Learn how to recognise the signs a child may be experiencing bladder or bowel issues and how to handle the situation effectively and sensitively. Increase your knowledge and feel more confident to discuss bladder and bowel health issues at school.

Janine Armocida is a registered nurse and midwife who holds a Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child and Family Health Nursing) and a Graduate Certificate in Urological and Continence Nursing. Janine currently works as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse at an early parenting centre and is a continence nurse advisor on the National Continence Helpline

Bladder and bowel dysfunction in the pre and postnatal periods

Free 1 hour course

This education module has been developed by the Continence Foundation in partnership with ThinkGP, Australia’s largest provider of online education to GPs (and other health professionals), and builds on the very successful CFA maternity special project launched during World Continence Week 2014.

By completing this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors for incontinence that should be considered when assessing pre and postnatal women.
  • Understand the importance of proactively assessing pre and postnatal women for bladder and bowel dysfunction.
  • Understand when and how to involve a continence nurse or physiotherapist in the care of a woman with bladder or bowel dysfunction.
  • Identify common pelvic floor conditions that may benefit from referral to a continence nurse or physiotherapist and the evidence to support conservative interventions for incontinence.
  • Identify what supports are available to patients in terms of education and other information about continence.

For more information or to register, visit the ThinkGP website

Continence promotion: the importance of the midwife

8-hour MidPLUS course for midwives

This course is designed for qualified midwives who want to refresh their knowledge about bladder, bowel and pelvic floor health.

The course covers the following key areas:

  • Anatomy, physiology and function of the bladder, bowel, pelvic floor and perineum
  • Impact of pregnancy and childbirth on bladder, bowel and pelvic floor health
  • Postnatal care and long-term issues

It will take approximately 8 hours to complete and has been awarded 8 MidPLUS points. 

Available free of chare to Australian College of Midwives members. Non-members can access the course for a fee.

Developed by the Continence Foundation of Australia in consultation with the Australian College of Midwives.

For more information go to Australian College of Midwives website or phone 02 6230 7333.

Management of incontinence in general practice

1 hour CPD education for all health professionals

Incontinence is an under diagnosed problem in Australia, affecting all age groups from early childhood to the elderly and can be the cause of shame, embarrassment, depression and loss of self-esteem.

This education module provides guidance on the assessment and management of urinary and faecal incontinence, including recommendations for patient education and self-care.

Visit the ThinkGP website and register for free to complete this education module.

Urinary incontinence management in women: A multi-disciplinary approach

90 minute webinar presented by Jean Hailes and the Continence Foundation

The multidisciplinary panel will use case studies to explore a range of important issues in the management of urinary incontinence in women including:

  • Assessment principles
  • Investigations
  • Conservative management options
  • Referral pathways 
  • Medical and surgical management options
  • Clinical tools and resources

The panel of expert presenters includes urogynaecologist Dr Anna Rosamilia, Jean Hailes pelvic floor physiotherapist Janetta Webb and urology and continence nurse consultant Germana Ryan. Head to the Jean Hailes website to view the webinar.