We are a small hard working group of qualified continence clinicians, a health promotion officer and an administration assistant.
Executive Officer / Continence Nurse Consultant:
Lisa Wragg, B. AppSci (Ad Nurs), RN Grad Dip Business Management, Cert IV Training & Assessment.
Lisa has worked in this specialised clinical area of continence assessment, diagnosis and management for over 20 years. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the national continence helpline. Her breadth of experience includes working with adults with disabilities, children with special needs, aged care and subacute ambulatory care community clients. Her holistic approach to continence promotion attempts to ensure that consumers get the right continence care at the right place in the right time.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist:
Therese (Terry) Wesselink BSc (Physio), PostGrad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Cert IV Frontline Management, Cert IV Training and Assessment.
Terry has over 25 years’ of physiotherapy experience across 3 countries and many different settings. She is the author of the book WeeFree Women and the Reclaim Your Core booklets which are available in our online shop. She loves meeting people of different cultures, gender and ages and is passionate about helping people with continence and pelvic floor problems. In addition to her role with the Victorian Continence Resource Centre, she works in 2 other continence clinics. At home she grows her own vegies and has pet chickens, a dog, 2 daughters and a fitness fanatic husband.
Continence Nurse Consultant:
Kerry Poole, RN, grad cert in advanced clinical nursing practice (continence), Grad dip in critical care
Kerry is strongly committed to working in the community helping dispel the myths about incontinence and encouraging people to seek help about their incontinence problems.
She has successfully combined her two passions in nursing, of cardiac care and continence promotion, culminating in multiple presentations both nationally and internationally on continence issues in the chronic heart failure population.
Kerry has written and co-produced a health promotion music video receiving an award from the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration.
Continence Nurse Advisor:
Vanessa Purdon, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Nursing, Graduate Certificate of Continence Promotion and Management.
Vanessa has worked in both the public and private healthcare systems in Tasmania for the past 7 years. Vanessa is passionate about speaking up for continence health to improve the continence outcomes affecting people’s ability to live a full life.
Marketing and Communications Project Officer:
Jenny Rivett, Bachelor of Health Sciences Nursing, RN, Master of Arts, Health Promotion Intensive, Certificate ll in Continence Promotion and Care, Marketing and Business Intensives.
Jenny is a Registered Division 1 Nurse with over 12 years’ experience in the acute, rehab and primary health care sectors within Australia and England. She has a keen interest in promoting awareness, treatment and management in bladder and bowel health and is especially passionate about preventative measures.
She embraces the responsibility and needed versatility of her role, endeavouring to help combat the lack of conversation and stigma still attached to continence issues.
Health Promotion Officer:
Jessica Watts, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Public Health, Certificate II in Continence Promotion and Care.
Jess has held various health promotion roles locally, interstate and abroad, in local government and not for profit organisations. This has included roles in program design and management, health education and awareness delivery, and advocacy for key populations.
She has a strong interest in enabling people to have control over their health and related determinants. She is excited to be part of a peak body, while working towards breaking down barriers to awareness and treatment on such a significant health issue for Victorians.