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The steep rise in the number of young women dying by suicide is linked to chronic pelvic pain, says Dr Philip Hall, gynaecologist at St Stephen’s Hospital on the Fraser Coast and St Andrew’s Pelvic Medicine Centre in Brisbane.

In the lead-up to the 2016 Women’s Health Week, 5 to 9 September, and World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September, Dr Hall said women around the world including Australia were increasingly overdosing on prescription drugs or narcotics at alarming rates as they tried to ease chronic pain.

At a recent women’s health medical conference for General Practitioners, specialists from the Australian centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence were invited to give a series of lectures.

Around 150 medical people were in attendance and heard from a wide range of experts in the field of Women’s Health.

Our specialists gave presentations on new management options for urinary and faecal incontinence as well as methods of managing patients with pelvic pain.

Specialists from the Australian Centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence in conjunction with Diagnostic Imaging for Women, recently held an education day for the Women Chiefs of Enterprise organisation.

The guests were given a tour of the radiology practice dedicated to imaging for women and were then given a series of presentations on the common problem of incontinence.

Specialists from the Australian Centre for Bladder and Bowel Incontinence recently hosted the first formal education session on the management of incontinence to Continence Advisory Students. This was offered as part of their training curriculum.

Topics included the use of Botulinum Toxin for overactive bladder, sacral nerve neuromodulation and new surgical techniques for stress incontinence and prolapse.

The educational program was well received and it is anticipated that further sessions will be held in the future.