Adults. 

Did you know that incontinence is more common than diabetes and dementia? One in three women and around one in five men have bladder and/or bowel control issues. Want to know more about prevention and management of these conditions?

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Children & Young Adults.

Is your child having difficulty with toilet training or maybe regularly wet or soil their pants? Are you bothered by your child wetting the bed?

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Education.

Our continence health care professionals provide informative and interesting talks on bladder and bowel health topics tailored to your group’s interests and needs, including different life stages, and commonly associated health and medical conditions such as prostate cancer, diabetes, and dementia.

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Training.

Are you interested in learning new skills and knowledge in assessing and managing your clients and patients with bladder and bowel health issues such as incontinence and constipation?

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Information

Did you know that bladder and bowel problems include more than just incontinence (leakage)? We provide advice on a range of bladder and bowel health issues including frequency, urgency, nocturia and constipation, as well as bladder and bowel leakage (urinary and faecal incontinence).

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Let’s Talk Prostate Health free public seminar

26Sep

Let’s Talk Prostate Health free public seminar

A free seminar is being held during National Prostate Health month. 

This event is proudly supported by the City of Melville and includes information stalls and presentations from a range of health care professionals. Topics include identifying and managing prostate conditions (including prostate cancer), pelvic floor muscles training for men, treatments for erectile dysfunction and more..

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Kylie – parent of a child that wets the bed 

Kylie rang our service as she was concerned about her five-year-old daughter, Mia, who was wetting the bed. Kylie had tried limiting Mia’s drinks in the late afternoon and evening and was also getting up at night to wake Mia and take her to the toilet.

Our advisor explained that it may take children until they around 5 ½ years old before they gain bladder control during sleep. Kylie was advised to encourage Mia to drink well throughout the day and was cautioned against cutting out drinks in the afternoon and early evening. Kylie was discouraged from waking Mia at night to take her to the toilet. Kylie was provided with information on obtaining a referral from Mia’s doctor to a bedwetting clinic if Mia continues to wet the bed past 5 ½ years of age.

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Anastasiya’s story

“As a mum of two young children, I have experienced the joys of two pregnancies and postpartum recoveries. I was shocked after the birth of my first child to discover that my pelvic floor muscles had become weak. I sought advice from Bladder and Bowel Health Australia and learnt the importance of exercising these muscles. This knowledge helped, and because I was better informed second time around, I have now fully restored the dignity of my body and truly enjoyed the changes - and my motherhood. Thank you, Bladder and Bowel Health Australia, for informing young families about bladder and bowel health issues.” 

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Doreen – carer of her husband who has dementia 

Doreen was becoming exhausted caring for her husband Tom, who has dementia. Tom was not always making it to the toilet on time and needed his trousers to be changed several times a day. Every day Doreen was also washing bedlinen and the four towels that Tom was laying on at night as he was soaking through his pull-up pants. 

Tom was receiving a high-level Home Care Package, and Doreen was able to arrange with their provider for some of Tom’s package to be allocated to funding continence assessment and management.  

Our advisor went to Tom’s home and conducted a thorough continence assessment. A continence management plan was developed with input from Doreen, and appropriate incontinence aids and linen protection were organised. Doreen is relieved that Tom’s incontinence has reduced, and her washing load has lessened. Doreen is now confident that she can continue caring for Tom in their home. 

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Gary – experiencing leakage after his recent prostate surgery 

Gary met with one of our Bladder and Bowel Health advisors, as he was concerned about his urine leakage that was persisting after his radical prostatectomy five weeks earlier.   

Gary discussed his concerns with the advisor and was reassured that he was making good progress towards regaining bladder control. This reinforced the information he had received from his urologist. Gary was encouraged to switch to a smaller incontinence pad rather than continuing to wear the pull- up incontinence pants he had worn since his surgery. The advisor arranged some smaller pads for him to trial and provided details on where he could buy them close to his home. 

Gary was encouraged to drink plenty of fluid (particularly water) and to increase his fruit and vegetable intake to avoid constipation. Gary was uncertain if his pelvic floor muscles were working properly and he was referred to a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Gary left the clinic in a brighter frame of mind, confident that he was improving and had clear strategies to further support his recovery.