Department of Health

NCMS projects

NCMS Phases 1 & 2

NCMS Phases 1 & 2 supported approximately 120 national research and service development projects during the period of 1998 to 2006. The projects undertaken have produced a diversity of both content and result.  Projects ranged from studies into the extent of continence in the community; clinical randomised control trials; studies specifically targeted to improve the quality of continence services and explore models of services. Projects were also undertaken to increase community awareness and understanding of continence and the treatment services available.
In addition, a grants program was established in 2000 to promote innovation in the care, treatment, prevention and provision of information for adult Australians in respect of incontinence. Three innovative grant rounds were funded within Phase 1, with a fourth round conducted in Phase 2.

Innovative Grants Program - Round One

Priority areas for the round one of the Innovative Grants Program were:

  • Education and information
  • Preventative approaches
  • Testing the cost effectiveness of different treatment options
  • Mechanisms to support people who care for people with incontinence
  • Programs targeting groups with special needs

Innovative Grants Program - Round Two

Priority areas for round two of the Innovative Grants Program were:

  • Nocturia - night time bedwetting 
  • Continence health for older men
  • Continence care in the transition from acute to community or residential aged care facilities
  • Continence management needs of people with a disability

Innovative Grants Program - Round Three

Round three of the Innovative Grants Program targeted the assessment, treatment and management of faecal continence.

Innovative Grants Program - Round Four

Priority areas for round four of the Innovative Grants Program were:

  • Prevention, treatment and/or education relating to continence issues for people who are ageing
  • Men with, or at risk of, incontinence
  • People with disabilities

NCMS Phase 3

The third phase (2006-2010) of the National Continence Management Strategy aimed to improve continence awareness, management and treatment so that more Australians can live and participate in their community with confidence and dignity.

The objectives for Phase 3 were to promote bladder and bowel health across the lifespan; increase awareness of bladder and bowel health within the population; and improve access to quality continence care.

The objectives and subsequent framework for Phase 3 are based on the following guiding principles:

  • Recognition that the foundations of bladder and bowel health are laid in childhood and are linked to general health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan.
  • Recognition that promotion of bladder and bowel health is an essential component in preventing continence problems.
  • That personal dignity and choice is imperative in supporting people with continence issues.
  • That support to people with continence issues should be accessible from appropriately trained and informed health professionals.
  • That project activity must be based upon a rigorous scientific evidence base and sound evaluation.

The focus of activity for Phase 3 was also guided by current Australian health care policy, trends and priorities as well as by the substantial achievements of Phases 1 and 2 of the NCMS.

Projects for Phase 3 aligned with the four primary categories below:

  • Improving the information and evidence base;
  • Raising awareness of incontinence;
  • Supporting the continence workforce; and
  • Improving access to continence intervention and management.

Phase 3 of the NCMS ceased on 30 June 2010. The NCMS is now being embedded into the National Continence Program (NCP). During the development phase of the NCP in the latter half of 2010, two core NCMS intiatives were extended till 31 December 2010. These core initiatives are the Continence Awareness and Support Program (CASP) and the support and maintenance of the National Public Toilet Map and Bladder Bowel websites.