9th Annual State Conference 2020 – cancelled

Covid-19 update

Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19 Pandemic and recent Government Health advice we have made the unfortunate decision to cancel the CFA Vic Branch State Conference on 14th and 15th May 2020. We believe that the current ban on public gatherings is highly likely to be extended in the coming months. We remain hopeful this period will eventually pass but encourage you and your loved ones to stay safe, well and endure through this unprecedented time. 

  • For those that had already Registered for this major event, refunds have been offered and arranged as desired accordingly. If you have not as yet heard from us directly then please get in touch with our Conference Team if this is your request. 
  • Ongoing information will be released and communicated about further online events and training options to maximise educational opportunities during this period. 

Please see below for the most recent provisional update as alternative professional development during the upcoming month.

9th Annual State Conference Taster sessions

Our 9th Annual Victorian State Conference 2020 was going to be held over two (2) days from Thursday May 14th & Friday May 15th 2020.

As an alternative option several of our Keynote Conference Presenters are confirmed to deliver a series of individual evening online sessions over the month of May and beyond. Further speakers and dates for these sessions will be confirmed in the coming weeks – TBC

In line with our original mission these sessions will appeal to Continence & Health professionals from all walks.

The objectives of these sessions remain to:
1) Engage a diverse range of health professionals to strengthen and transform their local continence efforts
2) Examine new evidence and how it translates into practice
3) Provide current and potential members of the Continence Foundation of Australia with affordable state based education and an opportunity to network with their peers

  • CPD hours will be available for your online attendance.
  • These sessions will be provided free of charge.

You will have the opportunity to make a donation if you so desire that will assist us cover some expenses previously incurred as well as to continue to fulfill our Mission of Awareness, Prevention and Treatment. All contributions are greatly valued and appreciated.

keynote Speakers

Associate Professor Craig Hassed

online Session: Mindfulness and Self care for health professionals

Associate Professor Craig Hassed OAM has been teaching within the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University since 1989, and is coordinator of mindfulness programs across Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness, mind-body medicine, lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig developed and integrated into the Monash medical curriculum the world-first mindfulness-based healthy lifestyle course called the Health Enhancement Program. He has authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, educational, government and corporate contexts.  In 2019 Craig was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Medicine.

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz

online session: Managing Incontinence: A Wicked problem

Joan Ostaszkiewicz is employed as the Director of Aged Care Research Division at The National Ageing Research Institute. She is a Registered Nurse with clinical and academic expertise is in the management of incontinence in frail older adults and in workforce models to promote evidence-based practice in residential aged care homes. Her PhD and postdoctoral work resulted in a new conceptual approach to continence care for people with complex health conditions who are incontinent or who require assistance to maintain continence

Further information to come

online Session: Connective Tissue Disorders & Continence – Associate Professor Chris O’Callaghan 

online Session: Paediatric Case Study: Bladder/Bowel dysfunction – Julienne Moore

Dates and opportunity to register for these sessions and more will soon be available. Please look out for updates to this page.

To see our original Event Program & Registration brochure click the link below

Registration Brochure

9th Annual State Conference 2020 – ippg scholarships

Scholarship opportunities

Opportunities for Scholarships available to Continence & Urology Nurses had been generously provided by the IPPG network

Thank you to the IPPG network who had generously supported this event and others. Scholarships opportunities are subsequently on hold and conversations are in progress about future options.

9th Annual State Conference 2020 – sponsorship appreciation

State Conference 2020

Thank you

We were immensely grateful for all Sponsors who had committed to partner with us to stage this Event for this year and in the past. Under normal circumstances we were tracking for an incredible Conference.

We are in the process of touching base with you individually and refunds offered and arranged as desired accordingly. If you have not as yet heard from us directly then please get in touch with our Conference Team if this is your request.

further sponsorship opportunities

Despite significant adaptations required at this time there still remains a range of options for you to partner with us and find an opportunity that best aligns with your goals.  It is a reminder that we appeal to Continence & Health professionals from all walks including; continence nurse consultants, pelvic floor physiotherapists, general practitioners, specialist physicians, allied health professionals, nurses in the specialty fields of community, rehabilitation and aged care nursing, midwives, maternal and child health nurses, undergraduate students in health sciences, other health professionals with interest in bladder/bowel health and the Victorian community at large.

For more information on specific opportunities please direct your inquiries to our Executive Officer Terry Wesselink.


As you can imagine we have already incurred costs associated with this Event and others that we cannot recover. Your donation will assist us to cover some of these expenses as well as to continue to fulfill our Mission of Awareness, Prevention and Treatment. All contributions are greatly valued and appreciated.

Please make your Donation here