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Continence Foundation of Ireland

The Continence Foundation of Ireland (CFI) was founded in September 2005 by a group of 10 independent gynaecologists and urologists in Ireland with an interest in female incontinence and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery.

The Aims of the Foundation are:

  • Improve the quality of life for people who suffer from incontinence.
  • Raise public awareness, education and provide information about incontinence.
  • Provide a comprehensive integrated approach to the prevention, treatment and management of incontinence.
  • Ensure adequate resources are targeted at continence services and better value for money is achieved from resources allocated to incontinence.
  • Coordinate the efforts of different organisations and other individuals interested in and affected by incontinence.

We welcome membership from all medical disciplines and allied health professionals.

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Upcoming Events

Ulster Gynae Urology Society 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Thursday 27 April 2017 - Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre.

Register Online Here

Pessary for Prolapse - Online Survey

We would like to invite clinicians and patients from Ireland to complete the survey which asks you to tell us up to 3 questions that you may have about pessaries in prolapse.

To take part in the survey please clink the link below:

Pessary for Prolapse - Online Survey


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Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health and Continence work with all aspects of physiotherapy relating to women's health and continence, but also treat men and children who present to them with issues of bladder, bowel and other pelvic floor problems.

At your first visit, your Chartered Physiotherapist will ask you questions about your presenting problem. They will then carry out a detailed physical assessment, before agreeing a rehabilitation programme with you.

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Bladder control problems have a significant effect on the quality of life of sufferers on a physical, emotional and social level. Continence is a necessity for comfortable social adjustment and conversely, urinary incontinence frequently causes profound psychological and social consequences and restricts social activities (Wyman et al., 1990).

The condition of urinary incontinence is defined by the International Continence Society (I.C.S.) as the complaint of any involuntary leakage of urine.

Many women suffering from stress urinary incontinence (S.U.I.) after pregnancy and delivery refrain from seeking medical advice for various reasons, one of which is the fact that they believe that their situation is an inevitable part of normal ageing and consequently they believe nothing can be done about it.

Incontinence has been associated with impaired quality of life, social isolation and depressive symptoms. Less than half of the affected women with bothersome S.U.I. symptoms, that is, leakage on walking, coughing or sneezing, seek professional help consulting a physician regarding these symptoms.

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Committee Members

President - Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan - MB, FRCPI, MRCOG

Chair, Continence Foundation of Ireland. Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist in Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Past President - Dr. Declan Keane - MD, FRCPI, FRCOG

Consultant Gynaecologist at National Maternity Hospital and St. Vincent's Hospitals, Dublin.

Treasurer - Dr Mark Skehan - MRCOG, MRCPI, M. Obstet Gynaecol (Urogynae) Liverpool

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Univeristy Maternity Hospital Limerick and Ennis Hospital.

Secretary - Dr. Orfhlaith O'Sullivan - MRCSI, MCh, MRCPI, MRCOG

Subspecialty Fellow in Urogynaeclogy, Cork Univsersity Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Barry O'Reilly - MD, FRCOG, FRANZCOG

Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist, Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Gerry Agnew - MRCOG MRCPI

Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Urogynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St., St. Vincent's University Hospital and at the Pelvic Floor Centre at St. Michaels' Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.

Mr Emmet Andrews - MD, FRCSI, FRCS(Eng), FRCSI(Gen)

Colorectal Surgeon.

Dr. Robin Ashe - MAO, FRCOG, DCh

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a Special Interest in Urogynaecology. Ulster Gynae Urology Society Representative on CFI.

Dr. Paul Byrne - MD, FRCPI, FRCOG

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to the Rotunda, Beaumont and Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin. Senior Lecturer with RCSI.

Mary Jacob

Advanced Midwife Practitioner Women's Health at the National Maternity Hospital Dublin.

Dr. Aoife O'Neill

Consultant Gynaecologist , Coombe Womens and Infants University Hospital, Dublin.

Lesley-Anne Ross

Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

Dr. Susmita Sarma

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a Special Interest in Urogynaecology Galway University Hospital.

Maeve Whelan

Specialist chartered physiotherapist in Womens health and continence, Milltown Physiotherapy clinic, Dublin.

Mr. Tom Creagh

Consultant Urologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Hugh Flood

Consultant Urologist, University Hospital, Limerick.

Dr. Paul Hughes

Consultant Gynaecologist, Kerry General Hospital, Tralee.

Lesleyanne Ross

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