It’s World Continence Week (19-25 June 2023) and time to highlight facts, resources and support around continence issues.

The Continence Foundation of Australia says incontinence is more common than you may think.

  • Over 5 million Australians – one in four people aged 15 years or over are incontinent
  • 80% of people who experience urinary incontinence are women
  • Over 1.34 million Australian boys and men experience incontinence
  • 46% of people who experience incontinence are under the age of 50 years.
  • One in three women who have ever had a baby wet themselves.

The Continence Foundation has a wealth of information about resources easily accessible on its website.

Why not take advantage of its factsheets on issues like:

Overactive Bladder and Urgency

Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits

The Prostate and Bladder Problems

Overactive Bladder and Urgency

Prolapse

Caring for someone with incontinence

These can all be found here: World Continence Week 2023 Campaign Resources | Continence Foundation of Australia

You can also call the National Continence Helpline for free, confidential advice from Nurse Continence Specialists, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm AEST.

And if you think your community should provide incontinence bins in male public toilets, you can get on board the Bins4Blokes campaign. Head to www.bins4blokes.org.au to get started.

The Continence Foundation says ‘every bin installation will help with the stigma around incontinence, and it will be meaningful to men who are battling health issues related to their bladder and bowels.’