Course Overview

Brief

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.

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

Topics include:

  • The management plan
  • Management strategies
  • Cognitive, behavioural and CALD considerations
  • Evaluation and review of the management plan

Target audience

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

Purpose

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.

Need

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.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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