Be Aware Of Incontinence

Be Aware Of Incontinence

Victoria Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis

Increasing Awareness Of Incontinence In Victoria’s Ethnic Communities

Victor P Taffa

Victoria’s vast ethnic communities will receive new resources to help them better understand the causes and treatments of incontinence as they age.

Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis today officially launched the Awareness of Incontinence in Ethnic Communities Report in Preston.

“Unsurprisingly, incontinence can be an isolating experience, affecting the long term health and wellbeing of older people and impacting on quality of life.” Mr. Davis said.

“This report provides us with knowledge to assist people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities identify and manage this health issue.”

“It reveals understanding of incontinence causes and treatments was low across all ethnic groups and this impacted on participation in social and religious activities.” Mr. Davis said.


“In some languages, there was either no term to describe ‘incontinence’ or the terms used were negative.”

Mr. Davis said the report recommends aged, community and health organisations are provided with culturally appropriate resources to assist in raising awareness of incontinence issues, treatments and management.

“A new glossary of incontinence-related terms will be developed that can be translated in all languages.” Mr. Davis said.

“I look forward to seeing the key recommendations of this report translated to new resources that will be disseminated later this year.”

“When incontinence is properly managed or treated, it frees people to engage in their communities and participate in the richness of life.”

Mr. Davis said the report was undertaken by the Victorian Continence Resource Centre with assistance from the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and Monash University.

“The report was funded through the Victorian Government’s Home and Community Care program and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.” Mr. Davis said.

“This report is important because it adds to our knowledge of how incontinence affects people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”

“Importantly, it provides hope, by sharing the knowledge that incontinence is preventable and treatable.” Mr. Davis said.

The 10 culturally and linguistically diverse communities included in the report were Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Greek, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.