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Provider Number PO342.

CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)118
First Published
Updated28 July 2019
Expires 28 July 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course covers the sensitive, yet important, topic of how to best manage urinary incontinence, both personally and in community settings such as the home and residential aged care facilities.

  • Incontinence management plan;
  • Management strategies;
  • Cognitive, behavioural and CALD considerations;
  • Evaluation and review of the management plan.

Management of urinary incontinence in the community setting is an imperative in which health professionals play an integral role. Outcomes from urinary incontinence is indicated in the research as:

  • A predictor of falls;
  • Institutionalisation;
  • Diminished quality of life health outcomes;
  • Skin breakdown;
  • Incontinence associated dermatitis; and
  • Urinary tract infections.

In managing this symptom based disorder health professionals need to consider all aspects of the person’s life, the diagnosis made at assessment and how to tailor an individualised plan to meet the person’s needs and capabilities. Once these principles have been applied to the person then quality of life health outcomes will improve.


Develop a broad knowledge base regarding the principles of managing people living with urinary incontinence. These principles can then be individually applied in practice to any person living in the community setting including the community home, primary practice and residential care.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the key components of an individualised management plan to improve patient outcomes through targeted management strategies.
  • Develop a management plan in conjunction with the patient and/or their carer to identify factors that will diminish the risk of disease progression.
  • Link aspects of the management plan to success in management and/or improvement of the patient’s condition.
  • Effectively review, evaluate and modify the management plan to ensure ongoing compliance and improvement to the patient’s incontinence.
Target Audience

All healthcare professionals at all levels of experience working across residential, primary, tertiary and community sectors.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified clinician and educator working in private practice in South Australia. Norah draws her considerable experience and expertise from both Australia and overseas. She is considered an expert in her fields of continence, clinical governance, education and training. Norah has been published both nationally and internationally and her qualifications include a master of nursing, TAE cert IV, graduate cert (health), advanced graduate diploma (business management) and advanced graduate diploma (leadership and management). See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

118 Total Rating(s)
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Simone Seinor
02 Apr 2020

I thought the course was helpful to understanding more about how to assess and then implement some strategies to assist my patients that suffer from incontinence.

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25 Mar 2020

well demonstrated

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April Mollison
24 Mar 2020

A great overview of the subject.

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Skye Morgan
10 Mar 2020

This course was really educational for Practice nursing.

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Saskia Stomps
05 Mar 2020

Factors to be considered when doing a evidence based continence plan were well highlighted also the importance of the involving the person, their carer and family to optimise the best outcome for the client. The need to re-evaluate to assess changing risk factors overtime was emphasised. Time taken to support a client in managing risk factors will ultimately enhance their lifestyle so this should always be done prior to or while using a continence aid. During nursing practice the importance in working as a team with OT, Physo. or an interpreter can contribute to the best outcome for the client. Each client will have specific individual needs.

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Patricia Soneji
01 Mar 2020

This learning module improved my knowledge and awareness of this delicate subject.

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Lillian McQuoid
24 Feb 2020

All information was evidence based and linked to resources provided

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Nikita smart
21 Feb 2020

The document was useful for the topic

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jing yang
17 Feb 2020

very helpful and well-prepared slides

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Matthew Tait
05 Feb 2020

Very good resource