Bladder and bowel control problems are a widespread health concern in our community. Both the financial and social costs are high. Incontinence affects the quality of life of around 1 in 5 Australians across all age groups and from all walks of life.
The social costs of incontinence can impact on close relationships, self esteem and dignity, job performance, enjoyable social activities, family contact, healthy exercise, and giving up paid or voluntary work.
Incontinence is widespread affecting:
- People from every age group
- 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby
- 50% of women aged 26-39 years
- 42% of women aged over 75 years
- 5 or more children in a class of 5 year olds who are bedwetting at least twice a week.
- 60-70% of those affected could be cured or much better managed
- Around 60% of those with an incontinence problem do not discuss it, even with a doctor
- Incontinence is a principal reason (along with mobility and dementia) for entry to and aged care residential facility
- Carers at home are frequently dealing with incontinence as a significant part of their care time.
For further information contact:
The Continence Foundation of Australia
National Continence Helpline
Freecall: 1800 33 00 66
Speak to your local Aboriginal Health, HACC or ACAP worker who can provide you with further information including pamphlets and an Indigenous Continence Kit.