Urinary Incontinence - Disorder or Symptom?

1h 15m of CPD
Norah Bostock
26 Jul 2016

This Course examines why many people may experience urinary incontinence across their lifespan, and how this symptom can be managed in order to reduce the impact it can have on the person experiencing it and those who care for them.


Use your understanding of the genitourinary anatomy and physiology to enhance patient education regarding the pathophysiology of their incontinence


Identify the causes and risk factors for urinary incontinence to initiate early interventions in order to prevent the progression of the condition


Effectively use an assessment tool to gather information from a person living with urinary incontinence to develop strategies to manage their condition


Interpret assessment information to correctly identify the type of urinary incontinence in order to develop a targeted plan to manage symptoms


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified clinician and educator working in private practice in South Australia. Norah draws her considerable experience and expertise from both Australia and overseas. She is considered an expert in her fields of continence, clinical governance, education and training. Norah has been published both nationally and internationally and her qualifications include a master of nursing, TAE cert IV, graduate cert (health), advanced graduate diploma (business management), and advanced graduate diploma (leadership and management).


Tanya Volzke01 Jul 2018
Well presented

Narelle Odwyer30 May 2018
great VLA

Hellene Heron30 May 2018

yi jun chen26 May 2018
very good

Gemma Dale01 May 2018
This education session was very detailed and very informative. It covered in depth knowledge about the urinary system, factors that affect urinary incontinence and assessment/types of urinary incontinence.


Sarah Ball19 Apr 2018
Very thorough and informative.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Overview
  • Pathophysiology and risk factors
  • Assessment
  • The different types of incontinence

Target audience

This VLA is designed for all nurses and midwives at all levels of experience, working across a variety of settings. Whilst this VLA may be of interest to all nurses and midwives, it may be particularly useful for nurses working in the following settings:

  • Continence
  • Diabetes
  • Mental Health
  • Wound Management
  • Women’s Health
  • Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Aged Care
  • Primary Care


Further understanding of the causes of urinary incontinence, the people that are most at risk and how to assess people living with urinary incontinence in order to correctly identify the type of urinary incontinence.


International research shows that there are millions of people worldwide living with urinary incontinence. In Australia alone there is an estimated 4 million people living with this condition.

In 2013 the estimated economic cost of this symptom based disorder was understood to be some $1600 million. However, this figure does not take into account the other hidden costs of urinary incontinence including:

  • Continence aids;
  • Laundry;
  • Respite care;
  • Skin breakdown;
  • Loss to quality of life;
  • Emotional wellbeing; and
  • Unmet needs of carers.

The need for the health profession to improve their comprehension of urinary incontinence is an imperative that will ensure people living with this symptom-based disorder are assessed and managed appropriately.

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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