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Incontinence and the mental health of over 5 million Australians

Tue 09, Oct 2018
Incontinence has a profound effect on the mental health of over five million Australians who are today living with bladder and bowel control problems.

World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10 October 2018) is an opportunity for those people to know that there are effective treatments for incontinence as well as the anxiety and depression that commonly affects up to 1 in every 4 Australians.

Continence experts meet in Hobart

Mon 24, Sep 2018
National Conference on Incontinence, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 24-27th October 2018.

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.

From catwalk model to role model

Mon 24, Sep 2018
Brisbane-born model Anja Christoffersen was only 17 when she first walked in Amsterdam Fashion Week. Three years later, she’s also focusing on another kind of modelling—being a role model for young people with chronic bladder and bowel conditions. Anja was born with VACTERL Association, a disorder that affects many body systems. While she’s been incontinent her entire life, she hasn’t let it get in the way of pursing her dreams. Anja speaks to Kasia Kosidlo about her challenges and ambition to help others.

When the continence expert becomes the patient

Mon 24, Sep 2018
Ever wondered if your doctor or health specialist truly understands the debilitating effect incontinence has on your life? Associate Professor Michael Murray does. We spoke with him about his own compelling, very personal post-surgery story.

Council shows continence care for men

Mon 24, Sep 2018
The South Australian council of Gawler, in the Barossa Valley, is leading the way for local government by installing continence pad disposal bins in their men’s public toilets.

Laugh Without Leaking & World Continence Week 2018 wrap up

Thu 26, Jul 2018
This year, we launched a major public awareness campaign in March, Laugh Without Leaking. It featured comedian Bev Killick, who has lived with incontinence her entire life. And in June, we headed to Canberra to officially launch World Continence Week (WCW) at Parliament House with Health Minister Greg Hunt and Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt.
Read more about the campaign and World Continence Week.

NAIDOC Week 8-15 July 2018 #NAIDOC2018

Mon 09, Jul 2018
July 8 marks the start of NAIDOC week, a national week of celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The $67 billion silent health epidemic affecting 1 in 4 Aussies

Mon 18, Jun 2018
World Continence Week 18 to 24 June 2018 - Over 5 million adult Australians are suffering in silence from a $67 billion health issue that for the majority can be helped or even cured.

From Adversity to Opportunity

Sun 17, Jun 2018
Anne-Marie Howarth was 31 years old when she suffered a motorbike accident which left her with a spinal cord injury, restricting her bladder and bowel control. Not to be outdone by her injury, instead it opened a world of new opportunities.

Greg's Secret Life

Sun 17, Jun 2018
Greg Ryan was born without an anal opening, a congenital abnormality known as Imperforate Anus which affects 30,000 babies around the world each year. Without surgical intervention at birth, Greg would have died within 24 hours. Two Australian surgeons saved him, but the outcome ushered him into a life of shame, secrecy, social stigma and intense mental health difficulties.

Five minutes with Dr Irmina Nahon PhD

Sat 16, Jun 2018
Irmina is Assistant Professor, Clinical Education Coordination at the University of Canberra and works as a pelvic floor physiotherapist in private practice.

Netballers: switching on the pelvic floor

Thu 19, Apr 2018
Elite netballer, Sharelle McMahon remembers the day well. She was at a training session with the ANZ Championship team, the Melbourne Vixens when a physiotherapist used an external ultrasound to track how well the players were switching on their pelvic floor. “Only one of us in that group was actually activating our pelvic floor correctly, and that one wasn’t me,” said Sharelle.

It's happening in Hobart

Fri 13, Apr 2018
The Continence Foundation of Australia is featuring the latest in research and practice at the 27th annual National Conference on Incontinence. This year, it will also feature a forum for people living with bladder and bowel issues, their carers, family and friends.

The Autumn Edition of Bridge Magazine is out now

Mon 09, Apr 2018
In this issue, we are honoured to share the challenges overcome by a Canadian kid - bullied at school due to faecal incontinence, we speak with former Australian Netball Captain, Sharelle McMahon about her pelvic floor challenges both on and off the court and we introduce you to our new Laugh Without Leaking campaign.

Search for Australia’s best toilet humour

Tue 27, Mar 2018
The search is on for the best belly-laugh-provoking toilet humour across Australia - from Darwin to Hobart and everywhere in between.

Laugh Without Leaking: Can comedy cure incontinence?

Mon 26, Mar 2018
A new campaign launched today by the Continence Foundation of Australia reveals that the majority of bladder and bowel troubles can be helped or even cured.

Kidney Health Week 5 March #KHW18

Mon 05, Mar 2018
5-11 March is Kidney Health Week, the perfect time to remind everyone that drinking too much water is one of the three common ways women sabotage their pelvic floor.

ABC Comedy series The Letdown highlights that one in three mothers wet themselves

Wed 10, Jan 2018
Did you know 1 in 3 mums wet their pants? Are you one? Soph in the ABC series 'The Letdown' is.

National Continence Helpline – make that call for a cure

Wed 13, Dec 2017
Did you know that over 5 million Aussies regularly have bladder and bowel 'accidents' ... but most don't seek help to better manage or cure it?

5 minutes with Annette Bauchamp

Wed 13, Dec 2017
For more than 20 years, Annette Beauchamp has worked as a physiotherapist specialising in women’s and children’s health, with a focus on continence and pelvic rehabilitation.

1 in 3 netballers are incontinent

Mon 04, Dec 2017
An award-winning research paper sponsored by the Continence Foundation of Australia, and presented at the 26th National Conference on Incontinence, has found that 30 percent of women netballers experience urinary incontinence while playing Australia’s most popular team sport for women.

Spring into summer, without fear of leaking

Wed 29, Nov 2017
The thought of a summer exercise regime strikes fear into the hearts of many.
But the Continence Foundation of Australia wants to help these people live happy, active lives, without the horror of leaking

World Mental Health Day 10 October

Mon 09, Oct 2017
Anxiety and depression are common in people with incontinence. The good news is that there are effective treatments both for incontinence and for anxiety and depression.

Conference early bird closes 6 Oct

Mon 25, Sep 2017
Health professionals are encouraged to take advantage of the early-bird discounts available until 6 October for the 2017 National Conference on Incontinence.

One in Three Women

Mon 25, Sep 2017
We recently reviewed and updated our One in Three Women booklet. The key message is that one in three women who have ever have had a baby will experience incontinence.

Aquacise your pelvic floor

Tue 15, Aug 2017
Lower back pain is strongly linked with pelvic floor weakness. There is certainly an awareness that water exercise provides a safer choice of fitness program for these individuals

Incontinence: No laughing matter

Tue 13, Jun 2017
It’s World Continence Week June 19 -25, and Australians are being urged to take the matter of incontinence seriously, particularly in light of disturbing new data that suggests the majority of women affected simply laugh it off.

Men in control… of bladder, bowel and erectile function

Fri 09, Jun 2017
As part of Men's Health Week (12-18 June), the Continence Foundation is reminding men of the importance of adopting healthier lifestyles to improve bladder, bowel and erectile function.

Stronger and leaner - an antidote to incontinence?

Fri 26, May 2017
Research suggests yet another benefit of keeping fit and healthy later in life

Patterns within the abdominal muscle wall in postnatal women

Wed 21, Dec 2016
After birth, correct abdominal muscle exercise techniques are needed to protect the recovering pelvic floor and to prevent it from further stretching: some tips and techniques for fitness professionals

Q&A: Pelvic pain

Fri 16, Dec 2016
Physiotherapists Shan Morrison and Patricia Neumann answer some common questions about pelvic pain

Managing the mother load

Thu 15, Dec 2016
You expect the sleepless nights, snotty noses, dirty nappies and supermarket meltdowns, but what about the fact you now seem to wet yourself every time you stand up, sneeze or run to catch the lights?

Moira Turnbull: Carer of the Year

Thu 08, Dec 2016
Glenn Turnbull contracted encephalitis as a toddler, which left him severely disabled. His mother, Moira, who has been caring for him ever since, was recently awarded the Continence Foundation of Australia’s 2016 Carer of the Year. Moira shares her story with Maria Whitmore.

Paralympians inspire: inside and outside the sporting arena

Thu 08, Dec 2016
Keren Faulkner, physical therapies manager at the London and Rio Paralympic Games, speaks to Maria Whitmore about the Paralympians’ extraordinary determination, not only in the sporting arena, but in the management of their disabilities.

Q&A Pelvic Pain

Thu 08, Dec 2016
Physiotherapists Shan Morrison and Patricia Neumann answer these common questions about pelvic pain.

Toilet training children with special needs

Thu 08, Dec 2016
Adelaide-based occupational therapist and toilet training consultant Debbie Atkins provides tips for toilet training children and young people with a developmental disability.

Jack Tyrrell: the blind leading

Fri 02, Dec 2016
Jack Tyrrell, who helped launch the new initiatives, tells Maria Whitmore how losing his sight five years ago made him an advocate for better access to information, and forged a new career path.

Feeling the squeeze

Thu 10, Nov 2016
We clean and floss our teeth everyday, yet we continue to ignore one important daily chore that can have major health repercussions.

How to exercise without wetting yourself

Thu 10, Nov 2016
Tired of wearing the same old black exercise pants to cover up embarrassing leaks? Learn what exercises can trigger incontinence and how to restore good pelvic floor health.

What NOT to do at the gym

Thu 22, Sep 2016
Sure, get fit for summer, but don’t make these seven common mistakes that can exacerbate bladder leakage.

Pelvic floor friendly exercise. No one size fits all

Fri 02, Sep 2016
The increased awareness of pelvic floor and exercise may be one of the most valuable progressions in women’s health in recent times, yet the challenge in knowing what is right for who remains.

Female triathletes at higher risk for pelvic floor disorders

Thu 01, Sep 2016
A US study has found female triathletes are at a higher risk for pelvic floor disorders, with surprising rates of incontinence

Pelvic floor muscle exercises recommended for menopausal women with osteoporosis

Fri 26, Aug 2016
New evidence shows the benefit of pelvic floor muscle exercises in menopausal women with osteoporosis... even if they don't have pelvic floor dysfunction

Waist trainers. Muscle wasters?

Thu 25, Aug 2016
Is the advertising spiel around waist trainers to be believed?

National Conference on Incontinence Scholarship Program 2016

Tue 16, Aug 2016
Applications for rural and remote registered nurses and physiotherapists to attend the national conference are now open

What it takes, is what it takes

Fri 08, Jul 2016
Marietta Mehanni reminds us of the importance of treating pelvic floor dysfunction like any other injury when exercising

Lifting the lid on bladder and bowel health

Fri 17, Jun 2016
New research shows that more than three quarters of Australians experiencing bladder leakage prefer to put up with the embarrassing problem than seek professional help, despite the fact most cases can be prevented, cured or better managed.

What's new in pelvic floor research

Wed 08, Jun 2016
Pelvic floor muscle exercises in prostate surgery recovery, Pilates for the pelvic floor and more

Core Foundations - VIC

Sun 29, May 2016
An interactive session for fitness professionals with ambassadors Marietta Mehanni and Shira Kramer

Core Foundations - QLD

Thu 26, May 2016
The popular Core Foundations workshop for fitness professionals is coming to Brisbane!

Fun, Fitness and the Pelvic Floor, Mt Isa

Tue 17, May 2016
Come along to this free information event and learn about pelvic floor safe exercises from the experts!

Re-thinking abdominal training in pregnant and postnatal women

Wed 23, Mar 2016
With as many as 2 in 3 pregnancy women experiencing some degree of abdominal separation, women's health physiotherapist Shira Kramer looks at key considerations for managing and preventing this condition

Fun, Fitness and the Pelvic Floor - Bairnsdale

Thu 25, Feb 2016
If you are at risk of pelvic floor problems, you cannot miss this free Bairnsdale event!