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Continence Service

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 every day 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 a 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 offers 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.

Other services

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.

Fees

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.

Referrals

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: Monday, 04 March 2019

Contact

Continence Service

Address: McKellar Centre, 45-95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong

P 03 4215 5292