These notes were made by Reg at the PSA (Adelaide) meeting on 7.7.03 with some further information from the Continence Clinic, Daw Park Repatriation Hospital, Daw Park, S.A.

What is Incontinence? Incontinence is the loss or partial loss of bladder or bowel control. Urinary incontinence affects one in twenty people to some degree and is often the cause of much suffering. It can affect you at any age. Loss of bowel control can also be very disturbing for the individual and family members. It is a problem than can be cured, or at least improved and managed.

In men who have had a prostatectomy, radiotherapy or Brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer, incontinence can be a worrying problem. Sometimes it is only temporary, but on other occasions it can last for years. What can you do about it? Well trot yourself along to a GP or a Continence Clinic. A very good Clinic is at the Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, S.A. Here they provide a comprehensive service including all aspects of assessment, examination where required, some investigations and a full range of conservative management as appropriate. As well as war veterans, this hospital deals with male and female members of the general public.

You can attend this clinic either through a G.P. referral or by ringing the clinic on No. 8275 1927 or by FAX on 8277 9305. The Continence Clinic is located in Ward 7 (parking in Carpark 5) via the Goodwood Rd entrance, of the hospital at Daw Park. Another avenue for help is the Continence Foundation of Australia: National Continence Help Line (Free call) 1800330066. Leave a message and a continence nurse will ring you back. This organization will assist you to find a suitable service in your area in all States.

"Simply Busting": This is a very helpful book of 173 pages and is a guide to bladder and bowel control. The book was written by health professionals who form the Continence Service at the Daw Park hospital, together with other practitioners who work in the field of incontinence. It was edited by Carole Pinnock, the Principal Research Scientist at the Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital. We have a number of copies in our library, but if you want to purchase your own copy, they cost $5.00 plus $3.50 postage. Drop the hospital a line. Dr. James Wright had this to say about the book. "At long last we have a concise, simple book that will help dispel many ridiculous myths and provide help and encouragement for the vast numbers of Australians who suffer silently from incontinence".