National Continence Program (NCP)

The National Continence Program (NCP) is a national program to support the prevention and management of incontinence.

About the program

The NCP supports the prevention and management of incontinence.

Why it is important

The NCP is important because incontinence is a common condition. More than 4.8 million Australians have bladder or bowel control problems for a variety of reasons.


The NCP aims to improve awareness, prevention and treatment of incontinence. This helps you and your loved ones to live and participate in your community with confidence and dignity.

The NCP is a 'whole of life' program for people of every age group. It also aims to meet the needs of:

  • children
  • people affected by incontinence
  • people at risk of incontinence
  • people with a disability
  • older people living in the community and in residential aged care
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • men
  • people receiving the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS)
  • industry
  • health professionals
  • researchers
  • pregnant women
  • women who have had a baby
  • post-menopausal women

Meeting our goals

The main aims of the NCP are to:

  • promote bladder and bowel health and prevention for all age groups
  • increase the awareness of bladder and bowel health and access to information and support
  • include the needs of all people in our communities
  • improve access to the best incontinence care available
  • develop a national, shared approach to the promotion of bladder and bowel health and incontinence support

Who we work with

We work with organisations including:


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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