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Helping kids and adults with bowel and bladder problems

When kids and adults on the Peninsula experience bowel and bladder problems, Camille Edgar and the Continence Team at Peninsula Health are here to help.

“We see people from all walks of life with different severity of urinary incontinence, prolapse, prostate problems, bowel incontinence, constipation and more,” explains Camille, Manager of Peninsula Health’s Continence Service.

“My team will also be working with NDIS participants aged up to 65 years, to help support them with all their continence needs, products, therapy and nursing assessments.”

More than 5 million Australians experience bowel and bladder incontinence, where urine, wind and faeces are involuntarily discharged.

It’s currently World Continence Week which is encouraging people to talk about continence, a topic many people shy away from, even around their friends and family.

A nurse for 18 years, Camille decided to specialise in continence after working with the Royal District Nursing Service and caring for many patients with continence issues.

“I found continence nursing rewarding and interesting,” explains Camille.

“It is a speciality that is very personal and I love that we can gain the trust of our clients quite quickly and that we can make such a difference in their lives.”

There is one particular patient the Clinical Nurse Consultant, who also loves to sing, will never forget.

“I helped a terminally ill man become continent from bowel incontinence for the last 6 months of his life,” recalls Camille.

“Being able to help him improve his quality of life is why I do what I do. That moment will stay with me forever.”

To celebrate the theme of World Continence Week, Laugh Without Leaking, Camille and the team –which includes four other Continence Clinical Nurse Consultants, a Continence Physio and two administrators – held an event for staff.

“We dressed up as clowns and had a staring competition to make staff laugh.”

“It’s important to have a sense of humour.”

Outside of work, Camille is married and a Mum to three kids – two daughters, aged 9 and 3 and a 6-year-old son.

“I enjoy running around to kids sports, spending time with my family and walking our 1-year-old Border Collie,” says Camille.

For more information about the Continence Service contact Access on 1300 665 781.

Prevention

In many cases, incontinence can be prevented by adopting healthy diet and lifestyle habits. Such as:

  • Drink well
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get active
  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain an ideal body weight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or less.
  • Practice good toilet habits

More information: Continence Foundation of Australia