CON­TI­NENCE MAN­AGE­MENT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Local Focus -

IN­CON­TI­NENCE af­fects peo­ple of all ages, races and life stages, says Con­ti­nence Foun­da­tion of Australia health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer Shel­ley Har­wood.

“Fig­ures from a 2011 re­port by Deloitte Ac­cess Eco­nomics show 4.8 mil­lion Aus­tralians aged over 15 ex­pe­ri­ence some level of in­con­ti­nence, with many hav­ing a carer to pro­vide day-to-day sup­port to help with blad­der and/or bowel con­trol,” she said.

Dur­ing World Con­ti­nence Week from June 22 to 28, the foun­da­tion and Con­ti­nence Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice of WA are co-or­di­nat­ing a free in­for­ma­tion ses­sion fo­cus­ing on car­ers.

“In­con­ti­nence should never be ac­cepted as nor­mal be­cause it can be cured or bet­ter man­aged in the ma­jor­ity of cases,” con­ti­nence nurse ad­viser Dee Sut­cliffe said.

Car­ers Count: Sup­port for Con­ti­nence Man­age­ment will be held 9am-noon on Mon­day, June 22, at the Ben­dat Par­ent and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Wem­b­ley. To book a place, call 9386 9777.

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