Healthy Male (previously known as Andrology Australia) is a national organisation that provides easy contemporary scientific and medical research on male reproductive and sexual health.
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The Cancer Council provides a range of services that may be of use to Nurse Continence Specialists;
The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) is an Australian Government source of authoritative and accessible information and statistics to inform and support better policy and service delivery decisions.
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The International Continence Society (ICS) is an international organisation with a global health focus.
ICS strives to improve the quality of life for people affected by urinary, bowel and pelvic floor disorders by advancing basic and clinical science through education, research, and advocacy.
ICS produces a number of publications, including the International Consultation on Incontinence - Edition 6 is available as an e-book and in hardcopy from the ICS website.
Continence Foundation of Australia is the national peak body promoting bladder and bowel health in Australia.
The Foundation represents the interests of Australians affected by, or at risk of, bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic floor dysfunction.
The Foundation exists to serve all Australians by promoting bladder and bowel health.
The International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) is dedicated to the global advancement of urogynecological knowledge and patient care through education and the promotion of basic and clinical research on disorders of the female pelvic floor.
In addition to holding an annual conference and publishing the International Urogynecology Journal, IUGA activities include conducting education programs around the world, developing consensus terminology in the field, connecting related professionals, and producing patient education materials.
Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women's health across Australia through every life stage.
Jean Hailes works in public health, research, clinical services and policy.
Jean Hailes produces practical and easy-to-understand information for women and health professionals by translating research and medical evidence.
Infiormation covering a wide range of topics is provided in a range of formats to diverse audiences.
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has re-redveloped its single subject 'Continence Management'.
This fully online, stand-alone, 6 credit points subject identifies key aspects of continence management.
ACN has designed the subject to align with the professional practice standards for Nurse Continence Specialists.
Hollywood Private Hospital (part of Ramsay Health) is offering a short course for registered nurses taking on the role of Nurse Continence Specialist.
La Trobe University School of Nursing & Midwifery is offering postgraduate studies in urology and continence nursing via continuing professional development short courses.
Successful completion of four CPD short courses - 60 credit points - will enable you to apply for advanced standing into the graduate diploma level of the Master of Nursing at La Trobe University.
CoNSA recommends that you consider the following:
Further your understanding of the role of the Nurse Continence Specialist (NCS)
Download the Practice Standards for Nurse Continence Specialists.
These standards have been designed to guide nurse continence specialist practice, and to guide Registered Nurses who want to develop their knowledge and skills in this area of clinical practice.
Become a member of CoNSA
Membership will give you access to a network of continence nurse specialists across Australia, as well as opportunities for continuing education and mentorship.
You can find more information about membership here.
Undertake further education
As the role of NCS is an advanced practice role, there is an expectation that you would pursue post graduate qualifications (Graduate certificate, diploma, or master’s degree level).
There are several options for further study although most won’t give you a formal post graduate qualification as they are essentially subjects or short courses.
You may be able to apply for credit at a university for any subjects or short courses you have successfully completed. However, for many people, continence related short courses or subjects are a good place to start getting into the specialty area.
The courses/subjects listed below have been reviewed by CoNSA as being relevant to continence nursing practice, and address some or all of the NCS practice standards. We are aware that the La Trobe University post graduate course is undergoing review and not currently available. We have been advised that it will be available in 2025.
NMBA registration requires that standards for continuing professional development are met annually.
In addition to other CPD opportunities available throughout this website, please note these potential sources: