In this section you will find information on a variety of products that can assist in the management of urinary and faecal incontinence.
Incontinence is a common condition amongst Australians of all ages. Those affected may include women who are pregnant or menopausal; people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and arthritis; or people with neurological conditions. It is important to remember that the severity of incontinence differs between each individual. One person may have occasional leakage, while another may have total loss of bladder or bowel control. The most common types of incontinence are: stress, urge, overflow, and functional incontinence.
There is a vast array of products available to help manage incontinence including: catheters, disposable and re-usable pants and pads, penile sheaths, urinals and bedpans, waterproof bed and chair pads and covers, enuresis alarms and odour control products.
Prior to selecting and purchasing continence products it is a good idea to contact the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66. A Continence Nurse Advisor will help determine which products best suit your needs, and will also provide information on funding schemes which you may be eligible to receive. Some manufacturers, pharmacies and continence service providers are happy to provide samples of products for trial, so you can find out what best suits you prior to purchasing a product.
If you have permanent or severe incontinence you may be eligible for the Australian Governments Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS). To find out if you’re eligible, contact Medicare Australia 132 011 (select option 1), or visit The Bladder & Bowel website www.bladderbowel.gov.au , or call The National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66.