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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

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
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

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 & 1b: Concept map and online discussion 10% 3 & 4
Theme 2: Barriers related to incontinence b) apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to clinical assessment findings Assessment 2: Essay 35% 6
Theme 3: Bowel management – faecal incontinence and constipation c) evaluate the use of continence assessment tools in clinical practice Assessment 3: Online quiz 10% 8
Theme 4: Epidemiology of incontinence d) analyse the psychosocial issues relating to incontinence impacting individualised care Assessment 4: Essay 45% 10
Theme 5: Urinary incontinence 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.

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.