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Incontinence can impact one’s self-confidence, affecting intimacy, sexuality, and relationships. In this webinar aimed at the general public, we will explore challenges that can arise, including discussing or raising incontinence with a (potential) partner, how to manage the feelings of embarrassment, fear and the frustrations that can be experienced, practical issues, how these may be addressed, and where to seek help. This will be a panel discussion with a range of experts in the field, as well as people with personal experience.
About your presenters
Beth Wilson AM
Beth Wilson was Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner. A lawyer by training she has worked mainly in administrative law. Beth has had a long-standing interest in medico/legal and ethical issues. Prior to becoming Health Services Commissioner, Beth was the President of the Mental Health Review Board, a Senior Legal Member of the Social Security Appeals Board and WorkCare Appeals Board and a past President of the Victorian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, a member of the Disability Services Board.
Beth is currently a Legal Member, Mental Health Tribunal, Victoria and Patron for the Continence Foundation of Australia and The Satellite Foundation and Board Member of WildatHeart Community Arts.
She is a partner in a health consultancy business Wilson and Webster and sole owner of Lawfully Funny.
Beth has received several important awards in recognition of her achievements. These include:
Member of the Order of Australia, Centenary Medal, Monash University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Honorary Doctorate, Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Beth is a public speaker providing seminars, lectures and classes for consumers, carers, health service providers, business and others. She loves humour, storytelling, art and music and her favourite topics are inspirational leadership, promoting positive culture change in organisations, the importance of teamwork. Beth is a keen, active supporter of community-based arts programmes.
Beth has performed in The vagina Monologues and The Mental Act and has been a co-host with Jon Faine, many times on The Conversation Hour and has been a guest on 3AW’s Talking health with Dr Sally Cockburn. She has participated in many public debates including on euthanasia and for Law Week. For over thirty years Beth has been the writer of Sit Down Girlie the iconic column featured in The Alternative Law Journal. Beth’s debut novel The Lost Lovelies Foundation (www.lostlovelies.com) was published by Laneway Press in late 2021 and she is working on a second, The Pardon.
Alan White Grad Dip Counselling
Alan is currently the group leader for the Bayside-Kingston Prostate Support Group (9 years). He is a prostate cancer survivor, having had his prostate surgically (robotics) removed in February 2011, following ten years of active surveillance.
Alan has since authored a book on his, and his wife’s experience, around this event called “We’ve Lost My Prostate Mate…But life goes on”.
For the last 9 years, Alan has been the project consumer advocate-associate investigator, with the Active Surveillance Psycho-Oncology Study Group at Peter MacCallum project called- Navigate – An On-Line Decision Aid for men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer. It is an Australia wide, Randomised Control Trail, and recruiting has been extended till April 2021, due to the COVID-19 impact on recruitment.
He has been involved for the last 20 years with the Dep: Veterans’ Affairs, as a volunteer, men’s peer health educator.
Alan has also delivered presentations on the Navigate trial, to different organisations around Victoria and at the National Men’s Health Gathering in Sydney.
My name is Anja Christoffersen and I am a young author, speaker, health consumer advocate and health services management student, passionate about improving patient-centred care and health service co-design with consumers. I was born with complex medical malformations called VACTERL Association that have resulted in dozens of surgeries and over 150 hospital admissions, which has created a passion for empowering others to use their lived experience to improve the health system. As the QLD Young Achiever of the Year Leadership Award recipient for 2020, the Youth Ambassador for the Continence Foundation of Australia and a highly engaged Consumer representative, I have been able to positively influence healthcare change internationally.
Elise Wald is a Clinical Psychologist with a Masters in Health Psychology and a passion for wellbeing. Elise is the Director of Clinical Services for The Cairnmillar Institute and is dedicated to the integration of research and teaching being put into practice throughout their clinics. Elise has a strong background working with adjustment and managing of chronic conditions, consulting and providing training in areas relating to positively influencing behavior, effective communication, sleep psychology and improving sleep, mindfulness in action and topics related to helping others thrive. Elise is client centered and strengths based in her therapeutic approach and makes use of a mindful and neuro-biology based framework that is solution focused and requires creative intuitiveness within evidence-based theories. Elise is largely drawn to a bottom up neural behavioural understanding of the development of self and uses this as a framework for positively influencing understanding about change and wellbeing.
RN. B. Nursing, Grad Dip Ed (Primary), Dip Project Management, Cert IV TAA
Gay currently works as the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse for Ballarat and the lower Grampians region hosted at Ballarat Health Services Victoria and has done so since 2014. Her work involves providing support to men and their families in all areas of prostate cancer care. This includes being of point of contact to assist with accessing services both in the hospital and community, providing reliable information and coordinating the care of men living with prostate cancer.
Gay has a particular interest in the management of erectile dysfunction and intimacy post prostate cancer treatment. She works closely with men and their partners to navigate this significant side effect in her Sexual Wellness after Treatment (SWAT) clinic.
George W. Turner Jr. PhD, MEd, MSW