Incontinence in Australia by numbers

Ms Donna Heggie1
1Continence Foundation Of Australia In Nsw Inc., Newington, Australia

One in three women who have ever had a baby…..

3-12% of children aged 5-17 years…..

20,000 to 60,000 of children aged 13-18 years…….

Over 4.8 million Australians over the age of 18…….

The Deloitte Access Economics report “The economic impact of incontinence in Australia” explores the current prevalence and economic impact of incontinence in Australia, and provides an outline of the future projected growth of this burden.

As quoted from the Continence Foundation of Australia website (

This presentation will give an overview of Incontinence in Australia and who it effects in our community. Statistics and data will be quoted from the most recent research available.

Over 70% of people who seek help can be improved or cured


Donna Heggie RN, STN, Grad Cert Clinical Teaching, Continence Management Certificate.  Centre Manager, Continence Foundation of Australia in NSW Inc.

Donna has a long nursing career specialising in Stomal Therapy and Continence/ Colorectal Nursing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Currently she manages the CFA in NSW Inc. Office in Newington. A position held since February 2015. Donna is also a member of the CFA National Bladder Bowel Collaborative Steering Committee.


This conference is proudly hosted by the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses:

One of the Association's major objectives is the promotion of quality care for a wide range of people with specific needs. These needs may be related to ostomy construction, urinary or faecal incontinence, wounds with or without tube insertion and breast surgery.

Patients/clients across the life span are provided with preventative, acute, rehabilitative and continuing care as required. Another objective is the maintenance and improvement of professional standards in relation to Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice to the highest degree possible. Recognition of the need for and encouragement of the development of specialist expertise in the field of Stomal Therapy Nursing underpins the Standards for Stomal Therapy Nursing Practice.

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