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Bladder and bowel health in Australia

Not having control of your bladder or bowel is a common health problem for many people.

Although bladder and bowel problems are most common in older people, they can occur at any stage throughout your life.

More than 5 million Australians are currently living with incontinence problems. This is likely to increase to more than 6.4 million people by 2030.

Severe incontinence:

  • is more common in women than in men
  • increases with age — people aged 85 and over are 5 times more likely to experience it compared to people aged 65 to 84

Less than one-third of people with incontinence seek medical help. However, early diagnosis and treatment of incontinence can help cure it or at least manage it effectively.

Many Australians are caring for someone living with incontinence. My Aged Care provides advice on the services, resources, and support that can help.

National Continence Helpline

The National Continence Helpline is staffed by a team of continence nurse advisers and is available to anyone in Australia. It operates from 8am to 8pm (AEST) Monday to Friday.

What we're doing about bladder and bowel health

We want all Australians to have good bladder and bowel health. To do this we:

Support services

Carers Australia

Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers. It advocates on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level.

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National Continence Helpline

The National Continence Helpline is staffed by a team of continence nurse advisers and is available to anyone in Australia. It operates from 8am to 8pm (AEST) Monday to Friday.

National continence helpline

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Continence Foundation Of Australia

The Continence Foundation of Australia supports Australians affected by, or at risk of, bladder and bowel control problems.

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