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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.

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 2
Prescribed texts Ermer-Seltun, J. M., & Enberg, S. (Eds.). (2022). Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, Core Curriculum: Continence Management (2nd ed.). Wolters Kluwer
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) investigate barriers to continence and their impact on person-centred care Assessment 1a & 1b: Concept map and online discussion 10% 3 & 4
Theme 2: Barriers related to incontinence b) critically reflect on the biopsychosocial needs relating to the provision of culturally safe and holistic care Assessment 2: Essay 35% 6
Theme 3: Bowel management – faecal incontinence and constipation c) appraise the role of the multidisciplinary team in optimising person-centred outcomes Assessment 3: Online quiz 10% 8
Theme 4: Epidemiology of incontinence d) demonstrate knowledge and skill in the assessment and management of incontinence using an evidence-based approach in line with clinical practice guidelines Assessment 4: Essay 45% 10
Theme 5: Urinary incontinence e) demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology of incontinence

Continence Management (045) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.