Carers supported with continence care professional development
Guest speaker Janet Thackray
One quarter of the New Zealand population have experienced incontinence, but most don’t seek help, says Continence Educator Janet Thackray.
Healthcare assistants were gifted practical advice to support them with managing incontinence at a free professional development evening hosted by New Zealand Tertiary College earlier this week.
Guest speaker Janet Thackray, a Continence Nurse Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in continence nursing, educated attendees on common conditions affecting bladder and bowel including stress incontinence, overactive bladder, UTI and faecal incontinence.
Janet put attendees at ease as she highlighted that “incontinence is a symptom, not a diagnosis” and demonstrated a wide range of solutions available for those experiencing incontinence.
“Incontinence is a distressing and debilitating condition, but there are ways to help,” she shared.
“It’s all about education. It is so important for healthcare workers to have the right information so they can be aware of the solutions that are available for their clients.”
NZTC student Christine Westermeier attended the event with her daughter, and said they both enjoyed Janet’s relaxed and open approach to a topic that is often shied away from in public discussion.
“We really enjoyed the session. Janet was very funny and relaxed, which made it much easier to understand what she was talking about because she explained everything so openly,” Christine said.
“These are things that we can pass on to clients, and they will feel more relaxed because they can see that we know what we’re talking about. When the client knows you have the knowledge to support them, they can feel more confident.”