We are a small hard working group of qualified continence clinicians, marketing and communications, education and clinic coordinators.
Job Vacancy – Nurse continence specialist
The Continence Foundation of Australia is seeking a Nurse Continence Specialist to conduct NDIS Continence Assessments in our Victorian based clinic. For further details and requirements click here
Executive Officer. Pelvic Health Physiotherapist:
Therese (Terry) Wesselink BSc (Physio), PostGrad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Cert IV Frontline Management, Cert IV Training and Assessment.
Therese (Terry) Wesselink is the Chief Executive Officer of the Continence Foundation of Australia Victorian Branch. Terry holds post graduate qualifications in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, and has over 30 years of experience. She now works exclusively in the field of Continence and Pelvic Health. Her expertise covers conditions such as urinary or faecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, toilet training, and bedwetting in children.
She is the author of the books WeeFree Women and the Reclaim Your Core. and is part of the working group that manages goagainsttheflow.org.au – a teen pelvic health initiative from the Victorian Continence Resource Centre and Victorian Government. Terry runs professional and community education sessions on topics such as Toilet Training, Bladder and bowel education for nurses, and Pelvic Floor education for women and men with incontinence.
Nurse Continence Specialist:
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. Her work includes a factsheet about continence issues in the chronic heart failure population.
Kerry has successfully combined her two passions of continence education and assessment working across a diverse range of audiences and clients.
Kerry has written and co-produced a health promotion music video receiving an award from the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration.
Nurse Continence Specialist:
Caroline Kalkman, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate Continence Promotion and Management.
Caroline has extensive experience in both hospital and community settings. She spent the first years of her career at Frankston Hospital where she worked as a Registered Nurse and then Associate Nurse Unit Manager. After a year as a Practice Nurse, she spent the next 10 years as a District Nurse caring for people in their own homes and helping them to stay independent. As a District Nurse Caroline gained a good understanding of the impact that incontinence can have on a person’s quality of life. This encouraged her to gain further qualifications in Continence Management which has enabled her to join the fantastic team at the VCRC.
In her free time Caroline enjoys exploring our beautiful city and surrounding areas and developing her interest in photography (pun intended!)
Marketing and Communications Officer:
Jenny Rivett, Master of Arts, Graduate Certificate Marketing in progress, Bachelor of Health Sciences Nursing, RN, Marketing and Business Intensives, Health Promotion Intensive, Certificate ll in Continence Promotion and Care.
Jenny is also 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 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.
education and clinic finance officer:
Reception & Marketing Admin Support Officer:
Greta Petersson, currently studying a Bachelor of Science – Human Nutrition.
Greta brings a wonderful sense of humour and solid organizational skills from a diverse professional background. She has gained valuable administration experience from having worked for two large industrial part companies which have structured her key for organisation. Greta also worked in sales at IKEA for a number of years where she regularly coordinated charity events. In addition to her professionalism and genuine warmth, she is our first point of contact at VCRC and ensures that everything is running smoothly and productively within its operations.
Reception & Administration Support Officer:
Jenny is the welcoming face of VCRC when you visit or phone us on a Monday & Thursday. She has had many years working as an Accounts Manager in the Not for Profit & Disability Sector as well as the NDIS. She has decided to take a “step back” from her accounting roles to join our team. We certainly welcome her invaluable contribution to our organisation.
In her spare time she loves to volunteer with her miniature poodle Molly. She also enjoys spending time with her family & catching up with friends.