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Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz
National Ageing Research Institute

ICS 2023

Podium Short Oral Session 35 Outcomes, Associations and Quality of Life 290 An exploration of the information and support needs of carers of people living with dementia and incontinence

ICS 2022

Podium Short Oral Session 10 Geriatrics/Gerontology 157 The management of urinary incontinence in nursing homes: Findings from a Scoping Review

ICS 2021

Podium Session 9 Live Conservative Management 2 - Addressing Continence Care Across Health Settings 74 A Best Practice Model of Continence Care in Residential Aged Care

ICS 2018

Open Discussion Session 28 Open Discussion ePosters 586 Nurses’ and Nursing Assistants’ knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about urinary incontinence and the effect of education: A systematic review

ICS 2016

Podium Session 1 New Horizons in Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Understanding what constitutes quality continence care for people living in long-term aged care facilities

Open Discussion Session 27 Open Discussion ePosters 540 Variation in Toileting Assistance Programmes terminology: A possible solution

ICS 2014

Podium Poster Session 19 Aging and Continence Care 313 Providing continence care in long-term aged care facilities: Findings from a grounded theory study

ICS 2013

Podium Poster Session 21 Geriatrics 193 Night-time continence care in residential aged care facilities: Insights from a Grounded theory study


Non Discussion Abstract Session 33 Read by Title 927 The quality of continence care in residential aged care facilities: a content analysis of accreditation reports

ICS 2009

Non Discussion Poster Session 32 353 The clinical utility of a suite of continence assessment tools for use in residential aged care facilities

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Joan Ostaszkiewicz

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Profession:Nurse (Specialist/Advisor/Practitioner/Academic)
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Dr Ostaszkiewicz is an established leader in the nursing care of frail older people with continence care needs. Her research program spans three core areas:
(i) Improving the quality of fundamental care for older people with continence care needs.
(ii) Building the capacity of the aged care and continence care workforce to deliver evidence-based continence care.
(iii) The development and evaluation of evidence-based knowledge translation resources about continence care.
Recent research led by Dr Ostaszkiewicz resulted in a new paradigm for the management of incontinence among care-dependent older adults in nursing homes, termed the ‘Dignity in Continence Care Framework’. The framework privileges dignity as the main goal of care in the context of care-dependence and intractable incontinence. In 2018 she was awarded a Translating Research into Practice Fellowship from the Medical Future Fund Next Generation Clinical Researchers Program to trial an intervention based on the framework. She is also developing a suite of instruments to identify and measure violations to the dignity of care-dependent older people during continence care interactions. This body of research has resulted in the identification of attributes of dignity-protective continence care.
Dr Ostaszkiewicz is a longstanding and active member of the International Continence Society, the Continence Foundation of Australia, the Australian College of Nursing, the International Learning Collaborative, and is a founding member of the Continence Nurses Society Australia. Her expertise has been sought by the International Consultation on Incontinence, and the Royal Commission into Quality and Safety in Aged Care. She recently contributed to a White Paper on Ethical Considerations in Caring for Older Adults with Urinary Incontinence for the International Continence Society. In 2020, the Society nominated her among the top 50 researchers and clinicians whose research has shaped the treatment of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders over the last 50+ years.

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz declared on the Sunday 14th January 2024 that they had the following existing or known future financial relationships or affiliations:


  • Other: Coinvestigation on an external grant