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.