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World Continence Week kicks off



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Minister for Social Inclusion

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform

*EMBARGOED UNTIL 7AM FRIDAY 22 JUNE*

22 June 2012

WORLD CONTINENCE WEEK KICKS OFF

Launching World Continence Week 2012 in Melbourne today, Minister for Ageing Mark Butler said an estimated four million Australians are affected to some degree by incontinence.

“Bladder and bowel health is an essential component in preventing incontinence. It’s a health issue that impacts an estimated four million Australians, including men, women, children, carers, families and the community,”

“The Government is committed to improving the lives of people living with incontinence. We’re doing this by investing $17.3 million over four years in the National Continence Program (NCP) and $337.8 million over four years for the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS),” Mr Butler said.

Through the NCP, the Government provides support to the Continence Foundation of Australia to promote bladder and bowel health through the Bladder Bowel Collaborative project.

Key activities from the project include the National Continence Helpline, the Every Body’s Business forums for health professionals, Bridge Magazine for consumers and a national conference on incontinence.

The NCP also created The Toilet Map, a website with information for more than 16,000 public toilets across Australia. The website attracts more than 1,000 users per day, with an iPhone application also available for download.

World Continence Week 2012 is on from Sunday, 24 June, to Saturday, 30 June, and is organised by the Continence Foundation of Australia.

More information on bladder and bowel health and incontinence prevention and management is available at bladderbowel.gov.au

Media contact: Tim O’Halloran, 0409 059 617