CoNSA (The Continence Nurses Society Australia) members work in diverse roles, in remote, rural, regional and metropolitan areas of Australia to provide specific advice to individuals with incontinence and bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction across the lifespan.
CoNSA members offer expertise across a range of different health settings and situations, including but not limited to: women's health (i.e. gynaecology, midwifery), men's health (i.e. urology), paediatric health, community care, aged care, acute care, rehabilitation (e.g. spinal cord injury), disability etc. Other members work in areas of health promotion, nursing education and research. Many members manage and coordinate the activities of outpatient continence services. Nurses practicing in this role are identified by the title Nurse Continence Specialist, a title which has been validated internationally. These nurses may, and often do, hold a range of post graduate qualifications.
Please refer to the Practice Standards document on this website for further information about the role and scope of practice of the Nurse Continence Specialist.
CoNSA was previously known as Australian Nurses for Continence (ANFC). The name was changed in 2012 in accordance with its new constitution.
CoNSA (as ANFC) was established in 1991 to be the national voice for the Australian state and territory based continence nursing special interest groups:
- NSW & ACT: Continence Nurses Society Australia, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Branch Inc
- Qld: Continence Nurses Society Australia, Queensland Branch Inc
- Vic & Tas: Continence Nurses Society Australia, Victorian and Tasmania Branch Inc
- SA, NT, & WA: Continence Nurses Society Australia, South Australian, Northern Territory and Western Australian Branch Inc
In 2022, CoNSA became the unified national body that it is today.