Department of Health

National Continence Program

The National Continence Program will build on the substantial achievements developed by the activities previously undertaken under the National Continence Management Strategy (NCMS). The Program will aim to continue successful core activities of the NCMS and address areas of further opportunity, underpinned by the key findings from the NCMS Independent Evaluation. The overarching principles of the Program are:

  • Recognition that the foundations of bladder and bowel health are laid in childhood and are linked to general health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan;
  • Recognition that promotion of bladder and bowel health is an essential component in preventing incontinence problems;
  • That personal dignity and choice is imperative in supporting people with continence issues; and
  • Regardless of what jurisdiction people live in, support for people with incontinence issues should be accessible, and be provided by appropriately trained and informed health professional and other care workers.

Activities for the Program will be aligned under the following priority action areas:

  1. Communication and Promoting;
  2. Implementing; and
  3. Supporting and Linking.

The Program is a 'whole of life' Program targeting people across the lifespan. Specific target groups also include:

  • People affected by incontinence;
  • People at risk of incontinence;
  • Children;
  • People with a disability;
  • Older people living in the community and in residential aged care;
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities;
  • Men;
  • CAPS clients;
  • Industry;
  • Health professionals;
  • Researchers;
  • Pregnant Women; and
  • Post Menopausal Women.