The treatment of urinary incontinence in women is a complex area of medicine which has seen some exciting developments in recent years. This course is designed to give health care professionals – particularly primary care physicians – a fresh look at the available approaches to resolving urinary incontinence and, importantly, how various therapies can be used in conjunction with one another to resolve this debilitating problem.

The complexity of this field of medicine makes it extremely difficult for the GP, continence clinician or physiotherapist to have expertise across all areas. Developed by six industry leaders in the areas of clinical practice, research, surgery, physiotherapy and geriatrics, this course will support primary care physicians in upskilling, understanding and providing improved care to women with urinary incontinence.

This online course includes both theoretical background and practical clinical information. The inclusion of clinical case studies and interactive questions will optimise engagement and learning outcomes.

Designed For

Suitable for all primary care physicians, including general practitioners, continence clinicians, physiotherapists, continence nurse advisors and anyone with an interest in urinary incontinence.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify clinical information to create a management plan.
  2. Interpret diagnostics to guide therapeutic options.
  3. Determine conservative and operative therapeutic options.
  4. Associate the interplay of stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapses, ageing and neurological disease.
  5. Compare complications such as recurrent urinary tract infections, overactive bladder or underactive bladder.

Course Units

  • Tutorial 1: Overview of Urinary Incontinence
  • Tutorial 2: Assessment of Urinary Incontinence
  • Tutorial 3: Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
  • Tutorial 4: Overactive bladder (OAB)
  • Tutorial 5: Incontinence in the Frail Elderly
  • Tutorial 6: Patient Support and Long Term Care


The assessment is submission of 6 self-assessments and 12 case studies. A certificate is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.

Delivery Mode

Course completion requires approximately 15 hours of eLearning. This course is delivered online and students can study in their own time and location. Course materials can be accessed using a web browser.

Course Director

Prof Helen O’Connell

Prof Helen O’Connell


Professor Helen O’Connell trained as Australia’s first female urologist in 1993. Professor O’Connell has been on the Board of Directors of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 2005 and was the specially elected Director to the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand for 2005-2010.

Based at The University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Private Hospital, her clinical and research focus is on surgical treatment for lower urinary tract problems, particularly incontinence and outlet obstruction. She is convenor for the International Continence Society meeting in Melbourne in 2021.

Course Coordinator

Dr Johan Gani

Dr Johan Gani


Mr Johan Gani is a consultant urologist with expertise in Functional Urology including female urology and neuro-urology. His publications include topics like the overactive bladder, underactive bladder, sacral neuromodulation, male stress urinary incontinence, neurogenic bladder and pubovaginal fascial sling surgery. He has special interest in the training and education of other health professionals, and raising public awareness on issues like incontinence. He has directly supervised both local and overseas trainees in fellowship programs, and is currently the Urology representative on the Part 1 Clinical Examination Committee of the College of Surgeons. He has public appointments at Western Health and Austin Health, and is the director of the Melbourne Bladder Clinic.


  • Dr Michael Whishaw
  • A/Prof Wendy Bower
  • Dr Oliver Daly
  • Dr Janice Cheng
  • Dr Arun Arunasalam
  • Dr Jenny Newstead
  • Catherine Byrne

Application Procedure

Click on the ‘Enrol now’ button to be guided to the application form.

Course Fees?

Course Fee: AUD $330.00 (incl. GST)

Student/Doctor in Training/Nurse/Trainee Discounted Fee*: AUD $55.00* (incl. GST)

For discounted group rates for hospitals, schools or clinics please contact us mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

This course is online and you can commence anytime. You can complete this course in your own timeframe and most students will formally finish the course within a 12 month period. Once you have registered for the course, you will have lifetime access to the course content.

Contact Us

Mobile Learning

E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information


Course Fee: AUD $330 (incl. GST)

Student/Doctor in Training/Nurse/Trainee Discounted Fee: AUD $55 (incl. GST) For discounted group rates for hospitals, schools or clinics please contact us mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au



Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.