Incontinence is the loss or partial loss of bladder of bowel control. Incontinence is not a disease; it is a symptom that can have many different causes. An estimated one in 20 people of all ages suffer from incontinence. It is not a normal part of growing old. Identifying the underlying cause can help determine the most effective way to improve or cure the symptoms.
Why do I need the continence service?
If you or the person you care for has problems with incontinence and it interferes with everyday activities – working, schooling, sport, sexual activity, walking, gardening, dancing or sleeping – we suggest you come and see us and we can advise you on the best options available to you.
How do I identify if I have an incontinence problem?
You may suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:
- Leaking or dribbling urine
- Wetting when exercising, coughing, laughing or sneezing
- Strong urge to pass urine with or without leakage
- Going to the toilet frequently during the day or night
- Needing to wear a pad
- Day or night wetting
- Excessive leakage of wind from the back passage
- Faecal leakage / constipation
What our services offer for adults and children
- An individual consultation which includes assessment, treatment and development of a care plan; and if required a referral for further investigations
- Bladder training
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation
- Urodynamic studies
- Advice with continence aids
- Advice and treatment for children who wet the bed
- Toilet training
- Home visits, which may be carried out following assessment.
The service also accepts enquiries from other health care professionals and carers.
Do you need to complete a bladder/bowel diary?
Click here to watch a how-to video with Continence Service Coordinator, Cheryl Parkin.
Are you the parent, guardian or carer for a child who needs to complete a bladder/bowel diary?
Click here to watch a how-to video with Continence Nurse Consultant, Lisa Danaher.
Barwon Health Continence Service accepts referrals for the following:
- Pre and postoperative management and education
- Adults and children with disabilities
- Education programs tailored to meet the needs of health workers, carers and community groups in Geelong and surrounding areas.
There is a fee for the Continence Service attendance, and you will be advised of this when you are contacted by the service with your scheduled appointment. A fee will also be charged for home visits.
We require a referral letter and a medical history from a doctor/GP prior to the appointment. Once the referral is received at the Continence Service, we will contact you to offer an appointment.
Last Modified: Friday, 14 October 2022
Address: McKellar Centre, 45-95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong
P 03 4215 5292