Toowoomba Hospital nurse practitioner Julie Westaway will speak about a very common but largely ignored issue at this month’s Toowoomba Hospital Twilight Talk.
The free ‘Laugh Without Leaking’ presentation will offer strategies for members of the community to help avoid or manage incontinence.
"One in four people live with bladder, bowel or pelvic health problems however most don’t seek help," Ms Westaway said.
"People tend to think incontinence is a normal part of getting older or having a baby, but it’s not normal and can have a serious impact on self-esteem, motivation, dignity and independence."
The Twilight Talk will be held at the hospital’s Unara Conference Centre on Tuesday 12 June from 6pm to 7pm. A light supper will be provided and complimentary parking is available.
Bookings are not required. For more information contact 4616 5563.
* About 5 million Australians – one in four people aged 15 years or over – are incontinent
* By 2030, the prevalence is estimated to increase to 6.5 million Australians
* The majority of people affected by incontinence can be better treated, managed or cured
* 70 per cent of incontinent people do not seek help
* 80 per cent of people who report they are living with incontinence are women
* Half of those women are aged under 50 years
* 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby wet themselves
* 1 in 5 leak when they laugh
* 25% of men say they are, or were, incontinent
* Incontinence impacts self-esteem, motivation, dignity and independence
* In 2010, the total economic cost of incontinence was estimated to be $66.7 billion and rising
* Information supplied by Continence Foundation of Australia, continence.org.au