Continence Awarness Week
Tuesday, 3rd August, 2010
Incontinence is one of the biggest health issues with all ages and the hospital is helping to raise awareness with a new display.
Continence Awareness Week runs from August 1 to 7 and the hospital is working to help educate people on healthy bowel habits.
This week is all about "making people aware" of incontinence and how to seek treatment.
Incontinence is the loss of control over bladder or bowel functions. It affects nearly four million Australians of all ages and for a variety of reasons.
Nurse Manager of Ambulatory Care and Continence Adviser, Heather Clarke, said if someone was suffering from things such as constipation, straining, haemorrhoids or diarrhoea they should to seek medical attention because these signs could indicate an underlying problem.
It was also important to observe a good diet, drink enough water and be aware of any changes.
Even though incontinence may be embarrassing to discuss it is always important to talk to your doctor about any problems that may arise.
"Always check with your GP ... it's important not to be embarrassed," she said.
"It can be an embarrassing topic, but it's an important topic."
Mrs Clarke is encouraging all locals to visit the hospital and look at the information available.
"People are more than welcome to come and grab some information."
Information will be available at the hospital all week. From more information visit www.continence.org.au or www.bladderbowel.gov.au.