Spinal and Continence Services - North West

Spinal and Continence Services - North West

Providing help for people with bladder and bowel problems.

What is incontinence?

  • Incontinence describes the involuntary loss of urine or faeces. There are several types of incontinence and many different causes.
  • Bladder and bowel control problems are common. More than 4.8 million Australians of all ages are affected.
  • Although incontinence is widespread, it is not normal and can lead to fear, anger, shame, anxiety and social isolation.
  • Help is available and many incontinence problems can be treated, managed and cured.

Who can help me?

The Community Continence Service offers free help for people with bladder and bowel control problems. The clinical team includes nurses and physiotherapists with special training in managing continence.

What services do we provide?

The Spinal and Continence Support Service is provided by Clinical Nurse Consultants who have specialist skills in continence and spinal cord injuries:

  • initial assessment to determine the type of continence problems or spinal cord injury, and the cause
  • service is provided from either a health centre or at home if required.
  • service is community based, providing support, advice and advocacy to clients
  • clinical nurse consultants can support your return home if you have been in hospital
  • assessment and support is provided in a caring, professional and confidential manner.
  • information provided about individual treatment and management choices
  • support available throughout treatment
  • education and information sessions provided.

The Spinal and Continence support Service is available to people who have:

  • acquired spinal cord injury as a result of trauma or disease, resulting in a loss of sensation, movement or function
  • bladder and bowel disorders.

Types of treatment and management choices

  • bladder retraining
  • pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • bowel management programs
  • toileting programs
  • urinary catheter related care
  • containment  /management advice and access

Where are services provided?

The Community Continence Service holds clinics at various Community Health Centres in North West Tasmania and provides home visits.

How to make a booking?

You can access this service by:

  • self referral, telephone (03) 6464 3063
  • a friend of family member can contact on your behalf, with your consent or
  • a doctor or health care worker can contact us on your behalf, with your consent.

All referrals are triaged and appointments are provided based on clinical need.

Service Location Details

Central Coast Community Health Centre
48 Water Street

Opening Hours

By arrangement, clinics are held across the North West and West Coast

General Phone Number

(03) 6464 3063