Workplaces can do much to support workers to be healthy.

Bladder and bowel health issues can have a negative effect on health and well-being in the workplace. These issues can also have a major effect on workplace participation and productivity.

Deloitte Access Economic Report in 2011 on the Economic Impact of Incontinence in Australia found that there was a productivity loss of over $34 Billion in the Australian workforce in 2010. This was as a direct result of people with bladder and bowel problems (including incontinence, or poor bladder or bowel control) working less hours. 

Common issues such as constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are often so severe and painful that people need to take time off work to manage their symptoms.  This has a significant additional effect on the psychosocial wellbeing of workers. 

Our qualified continence advisors have many years of experience in delivering entertaining and engaging presentations. Our presenters promote good bladder and bowel health habits and provide strategies to assist in overcoming bladder and bowel health issues.  

Ideas for supporting workers to be healthy:

  • Encourage workers to drink water 
  • Provide a box of fruit or fruit platter box instead of a lolly jar or biscuit tin
  • Encourage workers to avoid prolonged sitting
  • Ask us to come and speak with your workers about ways in which they can improve their bladder and bowel health.

We can tailor our presentations to suit the needs of the workplace. Popular presentations include:  

  • The nuts and bolts of men’s bladder and bowel health 
  • Secrets from the powder room – hints for good bladder and bowel health for women
  • Let’s talk healthy bladder and bowels (suitable for men and women) 

Contact us today to arrange a presentation for your workplace 

We are registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a Health Promotion Charity. We rely on financial support from businesses and individuals to assist us to deliver our services in the community.  

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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.