Continence Management
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Urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and constipation are prevalent conditions affecting people across the lifespan; therefore, nurses working across a diversity of practice settings require an understanding of continence management to sensitively plan and implement patient-centered care. This subject identifies key aspects of continence management addressing: barriers, relevant anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, types/causes of incontinence, assessment, management and resources.

Students are referred to current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice. Clinical placement should occur between weeks 5 and 9 of each term.

Continence Management
Unit of study code 045
Availability Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care

Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 4
Clinical placement requirements There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study.

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please view our clinical placement information page, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Prescribed texts Doughty D, & Moore, K (Eds) 2016. Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. Core Curriculum Continence Management. Wolters Kluwer. Philadelphia.
Co-ordinated by Elizabeth Moran MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Anatomy and physiology for continence a) examine personal and societal attitudes to incontinence and their impact on nursing care Assessment 1a: Quiz

Assessment 2a & b: Concept map & short answer question (750 words)





Theme 2: Epidemiology of continence b) apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to clinical assessment findings Assessment 3: Short answer essay (1,000 words) 20% 8
Theme 3: Barriers related to continence c) evaluate the use of continence assessment tools in clinical practice Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Urinary incontinence d) analyse the psychosocial issues relating to incontinence impacting individualised care
Theme 5: Bowel management: faecal incontinence and constipation e) demonstrate a collaborative problem solving approach to provide holistic evidence based nursing care
f) critically analyse current nursing practices and treatments for incontinence against contemporary evidence.

Continence Management (045) is a Tier 4 unit.

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.