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Continence Service

Incontinence is the loss or partial loss of bladder of bowel control. Incontinence is not a disease; it is a symptom that can have many different causes. An estimated one in 20 people of all ages suffer from incontinence. It is not a normal part of growing old. Identifying the underlying cause can help determine the most effective way to improve or cure the symptoms.

Why do I need the continence service?

If you or the person you care for has problems with incontinence and it interferes with everyday activities – working, schooling, sport, sexual activity, walking, gardening, dancing or sleeping – we suggest you come and see us and we can advise you on the best options available to you.

How do I identify if I have an incontinence problem?

You may suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Leaking or dribbling urine
  • Wetting when exercising, coughing, laughing or sneezing
  • Strong urge to pass urine with or without leakage
  • Going to the toilet frequently during the day or night
  • Needing to wear a pad
  • Day or night wetting
  • Excessive leakage of wind from the back passage
  • Faecal leakage / constipation

What our services offer for adults and children

  • An individual consultation which includes assessment, treatment and development of a care plan; and if required a referral for further investigations
  • Bladder training
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Urodynamic studies
  • Advice with continence aids
  • Advice and treatment for children who wet the bed
  • Toilet training
  • Home visits, which may be carried out following assessment.

The service also accepts enquiries from other health care professionals and carers.

For adults:
Do you need to complete a bladder/bowel diary?
Click here to watch a how-to video with Continence Service Coordinator, Cheryl Parkin.

For kids: 
Are you the parent, guardian or carer for a child who needs to complete a bladder/bowel diary?
Click here to watch a how-to video with Continence Nurse Consultant, Lisa Danaher. 

Other services

Barwon Health Continence Service accepts referrals for the following:

  • Pre and postoperative management and education
  • Adults and children with disabilities
  • Education programs tailored to meet the needs of health workers, carers and community groups in Geelong and surrounding areas.


There is a fee for the Continence Service attendance, and you will be advised of this when you are contacted by the service with your scheduled appointment. A fee will also be charged for home visits.


We require a referral letter and a medical history from a doctor/GP prior to the appointment. Once the referral is received at the Continence Service, we will contact you to offer an appointment.

Last Modified: Friday, 14 October 2022


Continence Service

Address: McKellar Centre, 45-95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong

P 03 4215 5292