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CABB Australia provides Continence Management and Health Training for various government and non government organisations. As a registered Training Organisation, a Health Professional (Registered Nurse), an Adult Educator, Continence Practitioner and Work Place Health and Safety Officer, Terri-Ann delivers training in any health related area for your organisation.


Continence Management and Training
CABB Australia Pty Ltd provides various Government and Non-Government Organisations with training programs designed to enhance employee’s understanding of the effects and management of bowel and bladder incontinence and to promote continence. All continence training incorporates the following modules:
Module 1: Introduction to Incontinence
Module 2: Continence Assessment
Module 5: Treating and Managing Urinary Incontinence
Module 6: Constipation and Faecal Incontinence
Module 7: Catheterisation
Module 8: Continence in the Elderly and the Effects of Incontinence
Module 9: Continence Aids, Appliances and Products
Module 10: Accreditation and ACFI Standards
Module 11: Infection Control
Training session: 1 – 2 hours
Continence Promotion and Management in Elderly
Urinary incontinence is pathologic, and not a normal consequence of ageing. Urinary incontinence is both under-reported and under diagnosed by health care providers. Health care providers tend not to ask the individual about incontinence, probably because they believe that many people would mention it as a problem; again, however, our community often considers incontinence a normal result of aging, rather than something that can be treated. Risk factors for urinary incontinence include neurologic impairment, immobility, and female gender and lifestyle. The impact of urinary incontinence is broad and encompasses health, economic, psychological and social issues. Although urinary incontinence is most often seen in older adults, it can be seen in persons of any age, including both males and females as well as children.
You can help – here’s how:
Tips on helping someone who has shown signs of incontinence:
Fluid intake - Ensure adequate and appropriate fluid intake
Good bladder health – adequate fluid intake, don’t go to toilet on first urge, ensure pelvic floor exercises are adhered to and sitting on the toilet in the ideal or correct position.
Good bowel health – diet/fluid intake – go to toilet on first urge, ensure correct sitting techniques are utilized – exercise.
Exercise – even gentle structured exercise activity helps with overall tone and health of whole body. Water sports, particularly hydrotherapy, are extremely beneficial (especially for those with limited or restricted movement).
Bowel Management
Good bowel management is important for increasing and maintaining a quality lifestyle. When bowels are not functioning properly various ailments may occur including anorexia, moodiness and urinary incontinence.
Faecal impaction or bowel incontinence causes both a social and hygienic problem. Constipation and/or faecal impaction cannot be cured or fixed overnight, and can be a long and slow process which will include lifestyle changes. Adapting a healthy lifestyle as we should all try to achieve, will not only have a positive affect for those that experience constipation and/or faecal impaction or bowel incontinence but will also contribute to prevention of this occurring.
Tips for Bowel Management:
Implement good bowel habits by:
Maintain a nutritional diet with fibre
Maintain 1800 –2000mls of fluid intake per day
Regular exercise
Maintain a routine of sitting on the toilet after every meal, DO NOT miss out on sitting on the toilet after breakfast
Sit on the toilet in the ideal position
Avoid constant changing of bowel medication
What foods are good for your bowels? Get your free recipe:
Epsom Salt a safe & inexpensive laxative
Psyllium husks
Pear juice
Rice milk
Flax oil
Sieved paw paw once or twice a day (good for babies)
Abdominal massage
Green tea is preferable over decaf tea for bowels
Eco is best decaf coffee to use

Fruit & Date Slice:
1 cup dried chopped fruit (sultanas, apricots etc)
1 cup of dates chopped
1 cup cornflakes or sultana bran (I use sultana bran)
1 cup SR flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
125g chopped nuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
125g melted butter
Handful of coconut
Mix all dry ingredients together
And add melted butter and lightly beaten egg.
Grease a slice tin with butter or line with baking paper
Heat oven to 170 degrees and bake for between 15 – 30 minutes

Incontinence in Children
Bed-wetting (technical name: nocturnal enuresis) in children is common. It can happen just now and then or it can happen several times a night. It is more common in boys and tends to run in families. Being unable to control the bladder while asleep can be embarrassing and stressful for your child. Contrary to oft-voiced lay opinion, bed-wetting is not a result of deep sleep, laziness, attention-seeking or deep-seated emotional disturbance, whilst it is difficult to say what does cause it, some say it relates to different rates of development of the juvenile nervous system. Rarely has it any medical cause. Daytime bladder control is achieved before night-time control and by age three – four most children are dry by day. By school age, most are dry at night, too. Occasional accidents night and day are normal in pre-schoolers.

In an average-sized class of five-year-olds, at least five of the kids wet the bed at least twice a week. In a class of seven-year-olds, a couple of kids are still wetting twice a week. By age 10, there will still be one or two. Bed-wetting is common among children to about seven years of age, but can be damaging socially and emotionally if it persists beyond that age.

When to seek help
Continence advisors such as Terri-Ann deal with children's wetting as a case of making the brain and the bladder learn to communicate, rather than as a psychological issue. If you are concerned about your child’s bed-wetting and would like to talk to us, please contact us by phone or by registering online for an appointment. We look forward to discussing your concerns with you.
Tips for incontinence in children – you can make a difference
Kids who wet the bed may have emotional baggage and feel sad, anxious and different to other children. It takes a patient and supportive parent to help put these negative feelings to rest.
Here are some tips and ideas to help you help you and your child stay hopeful and confident.
Learn all you can
Start by learning as much as you can about nocturnal enuresis and how the urinary system works. This way, when your child has questions, you’ll be able to answer them, or know where to get the information your child needs.

Share information with your child
The kid’s section of the DryNites website (insert drynites website address) is a great place to start. Encourage your child to look in the kid’s section to learn more about bedwetting and to read about other kids who wet the bed and their experiences.

Talk openly with your child
Children who wet the bed can feel like they’ve failed their parents. It’s important to be sensitive to your child’s feelings about bedwetting and encourage open discussion with you. Let them know it’s not their fault and that you do not blame them for wetting the bed. Start using new terminology eg “a patch” instead of “bedwetting”. Let your child know that you’re both in this together and that you’ll be a supportive partner. You may choose to keep the discussions just between yourselves or the whole family may be part of the conversations.

Working together
There’s nothing like team work to help everyone through a tough stage. Involving Dad in the issues around bed wetting can help to demystify the bedwetting phase. You are all working towards a common goal after all.

Explain what’s happening physically
It helps to explain to your child what is physically happening when they wet the bed so they can have some understanding of what is happening to them while they are asleep.

Let them know they’re not alone
Knowing you’re not alone with a problem makes anyone feel better. Encourage your child with facts – like ‘two of their classmates probably share the same problem’. If they are hesitant to go to a sleepover, assure them, odds are that someone else at the party probably has night time accidents too. Encourage them to share their own experiences, it may be a good way for them to get things off their chest and help other kids who are going through bedwetting at the same time.

Provide your child with solutions
Try and arm yourself with some practical and relevant tips that your child can use everyday or on those special occasions when they go for a sleepover at a friend’s house. We have provided a range of DryNites tips (insert website address again – to go straight to tips) for you to pass on to your child.

Continence and Disability
It is a common misconception that those with a disability have to be treated differently to have their health needs met. From a continence perspective, continence treatment or management is no different for the person with the disability than it is for the average person in the community. It may require modifications and strategies that need to tailored to meet their specific needs.
Continence Aids and Subsidies
You may be eligible for a continence aid subsidy scheme which entitles you to continence products and aids. Continence aids will not cure or fix incontinence but will assist in enhancing your confidence and self esteem contributing to a positive impact on your quality of life. We are here to provide you with any assistance you may require in the selection of the right aid if needed or the completion of subsidy applications (Qld only).
Please note – all applications require a continence assessment to be completed by a continence practitioner such as a continence nurse advisor, continence physiotherapist or doctor etc. To locate your nearest continence practitioner, please contact the National Continence Helpline on (freecall) 1800 33 00 66 for referral details.
What is a continence aid subsidy?
It is a scheme that is funded by either federal or state territory governments to subsidise expenses associated with the heatlh concern of incontinence. You may be eligible for both levels of funding.
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