Incontinence is a very common health problem. Unwanted leakage of urine or faeces affects over two million Australians of all ages and from all walks of life. Any concern about poor bladder or bowel control should never be dismissed as ‘just a small problem’. Incontinence should never be ignored – it is not ‘normal’.
Incontinence is widespread in our community, but it can be treated, more effectively managed and often cured.
Prevention is as important as treatment. Early intervention may prevent or delay problems recurring or getting worse later in life (Continence Foundation Of Australia).
The continence service is available to people in the Shire of Southern Grampians, Casterton and Portland as inpatients or on an outpatient basis. Every second Tuesday the continence service is in Coleraine.
Types of care provided by the service:
- Clients with incontinence of bladder and bowel
- Children with disability with continence problems
- Catheter care
- Carer's support and education
- Health promotion - educating the community about continence issues and prevention of incontinence
- Hire of enuresis alarms to bed wetters
- Supply of continence aids
- Assessment of veteran affairs clients and organisation of supplies from mediquip
Referrals are accepted from all sources, including directly from the client.