Bladder and bowel

A healthy bladder and bowel is important for your overall health. Common problems like incontinence can affect men and women of all ages. Find out about bladder and bowel health, what to do if you have a problem, and what we’re doing to help improve bladder and bowel health in Australia.

Learn about bladder and bowel health

Find out about bladder and bowel health.

Find out if you have a healthy bladder and bowel

How to know if you have a healthy bladder and bowel.

Understand how to manage bladder and bowel problems

Find out how you can best manage your bladder and bowel problems.

Read about bladder and bowel related conditions and diseases

What are the common conditions and diseases that can affect the bladder and bowel?

National Continence Helpline

1800 330 066

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.

Browse bladder and bowel for

Children

Children can often have bladder and bowel health problems. Find out what these problems are and how you can manage them.

Young people

Bladder and bowel health problems can be an issue for young people. Find out what the main problems are and how to manage them.

Adults

Many adults in Australia have a bladder or bowel control problem. Find out what these are and what help is available.

Pregnant women

Being pregnant and giving birth can affect your bladder and bowel health. Find out what problems you can experience and how to manage them.

Older Australians

Bladder and bowel problems are very common in older people. Find out why this is and what things you can do to manage it.

Carers

Caring for someone with a bladder and bowel problem can be hard. Find out how you can manage the problem and what support services are available.

Did you know?

More than 5 million

Australians are currently living with continence problems.

1 in 4 people

aged 85 and over experience severe incontinence

80%

of people with urinary incontinence in the community are women

Source: Deloitte Access Economics – The economic impact of incontinence in Australia, 2011. 

Latest resources

Latest resources

Continence Aids Payment Scheme Application Guidelines and Application Form

This is the application guidelines and application form for the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS).

Stoma Appliance Scheme application and assessment guidelines

These guidelines are for stoma appliance and product suppliers. They explain how to get a product listed on the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule.
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How to do the test – Indigenous bowel screening video

This video for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people explains how to do the bowel cancer screening test. The test is part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
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David’s story – If I had the screening I would’ve been better off

David is the CEO at Pangula Mannanurna, an Aboriginal Health Service in South Australia. David shares his experience of being diagnosed with bowel cancer.