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Gisborne and Macedon Ranges

Continence Nursing

The Continence Service at Macedon Ranges Health provides comprehensive assessment and ongoing management of bladder or bowel dysfunction.

Macedon Ranges Health is the only health care service funded to provide continence and stomal services in the Macedon Ranges region.

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Our services

The Continence Service at Macedon Ranges Health provides comprehensive assessment and ongoing management of bladder or bowel dysfunction.

Our nurses will work with you to provide assistance with everyday situations such as work and home, life, social outings, exercise, travel, relationships and intimacy.

Our services include:

  • Continence assessment
  • Catheter care
  • Aids and equipment review
  • Bladder ultrasonography and uroflowmetry
  • Education including pelvic floor muscle training and bladder training
  • Referral to specialist services
  • Home visits available if required
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FAQs

What happens at a continence assessment at MRH?

A nurse will obtain a full medical/surgical history as well as details of your medications. They will also attend a physical examination and organise a urine test and bladder scan. An individual management plan is then developed.

Where can I purchase continence products?

From the chemist, supermarket or Independence Australia who also offer a phone based ‘Ask the Nurse’ service where you can receive expertadvice on which product best suits your needs (1300 788 855).

What causes my urinary incontinence?

Many factors can impact urinary incontinence including weak pelvic floor muscles, hormone deficiencies, urinary tract infections (UTIs), enlarged prostate, childbirth and obesity.

Drinking tea, coffee and alcohol can also increase your urinary incontinence.

Where can I find our more information?

The National Continence Helpline is a great source of information for anyone experiencing bladder or bowel problems (1800 330 066).

Can I get subsidies, rebate or funding for continence nursing?

Continence nursing can be funded through a variety of programs including Commonwealth Home Support Programme, Home Care Packages, NDIS or you can pay for your services privately. Find out more about your funding options here.

How can I prevent urinary incontinence?

Practicing your pelvic floor exercises on a regular basis can help prevent you from experiencing urinary incontinence. This is an important exercise, which should be practiced throughout life. MRH Continence nurses can help you to gauge your pelvic floor strength and give you tips on practicing.

 

Meet our team

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Janene Henthorn

Janene has been practicing nursing for over 30 years. Her welcoming and happy personality puts her patients at ease in all situations.

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Judith Bridgewater

Judith enjoys helping people to manage any issues they have with their bladder and bowels and aims to assist with improving their life so they can enjoy the things they like.

 

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