The demands on health workers, particularly those working in remote and regional Australia, of managing the continence care of an ageing population are mounting.
To help health professionals access quickly the most current and relevant continence information, the Continence Foundation of Australia has created the Australian Continence Exchange (ACE) – a central online hub of continence resources from a range of organisations.
Health professionals can access information about a wealth of subjects at ACE: including clinical guidelines; ANZCJ Journals; a consumer information library; service provider and product supplier directories; and continence subsidy schemes.
Some of the most popular resources downloaded to date have been the Pelvic floor screening tool for women, the Management of urinary incontinence flow chart, Pelvic floor muscle training for women fact sheet, Bladder diary and Chronic heart failure and bladder and bowel issues fact sheet.
Video presentations on key topics by experts in the field are created and uploaded regularly. Some of the most watched videos have been Multiple sclerosis and incontinence with continence physician Dr Tee Juan Ong, Let’s talk about prolapse with continence nurse practitioner Christine Murray and Neurogenic bladder dysfunction by continence physician Dr Michael Whishaw.
ACE also offers health professionals opportunities for professional development in a range of modes including online and face-to-face accredited courses, conferences, scholarships and webinars.
ACE is administered by the Continence Foundation of Australia and is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Continence Program.
For more information: Continence Foundation of Australia (link continence.org.au) or phone the FREE National Continence Helpline 1800 33 00 66.