Often patients are too embarrassed to mention it and GPs don’t think to ask, but incontinence is one of the country’s biggest health issues, affecting one in five Australians. That’s 4.8 million people.
Under-diagnosed or overlooked, incontinence can have a devastating impact on a person’s quality of life.
This is why the Continence Foundation of Australia teamed up with ThinkGP to create a free 30-minute ACRRM and RACGP-accredited online course – Management of Incontinence in General Practice.
Women’s continence nurse and National Continence Helpline advisor Christine Murray, who helped review the course, said it guided GPs and health professionals through the assessment and management of urinary and faecal incontinence, and included recommendations for patient education and self-care.
“It uses four of the more common scenarios: women with stress incontinence, women with overactive bladders, men with prostate issues and constipated children.
“Doctors have to be on top of so many things and they have so many time constraints. The course is compact with lots of information and short self-assessment exercises,” Ms Murray said.
It can be completed by going to http://thinkgp.com.au/education/content/42020