Derwent Valley data wanted for Great Dunny Hunt

THE Great Dunny Hunt is back and the Continence Foundation of Australia is calling all Australians to update the National Public Toilet Map website or app with information about new public toilet facility details they discover while out and about.

Until the start of World Continence Week on Sunday, June 16, Australians can update public toilet details including adding photos of public facilities or adding details of what amenities they have as well as their access hours.

With more than five million Australians experiencing incontinence, access to up-to-date and relevant information about public toilet facilities means those affected by incontinence can feel safe to go about their daily activities which most of the public take for granted.

“Dunny hunters” can upload their submissions to the National Public Toilet Map, and can update and add information on:

  • Adult change facilities (including shower, BYO sling)
  • Baby change facilities
  • Dump point (including wash out water, afterhours access)
  • Ambulant facilities
  • Drinking water
  • Sharps disposal
  • Showers
  • Sanitary and incontinence product disposal
  • Right and/or left transfer – important for those with one side of the body less able
  • Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) The Master Locksmiths Access
  • Male, Female, All gender

Taking part in the Great Dunny Hunt will make a huge difference to those living with incontinence. A recent survey of those living with incontinence found 49% of respondents did not feel comfortable embarking on long trips without knowing where the first toilet stop will be.

  • 42% said incontinence has caused a reluctance to leave home.
  • 25% are reluctant to go about daily activities.
  • 22% say incontinence has affected their relationships with family or friends.

With more than 23,000 facilities now listed on the National Public Toilet Map thanks to the efforts of
previous Dunny Hunts, those updating details on the map are encouraged to fill out a short survey on how they use the map to make sure the valuable resource continues to support all Australians. By completing the survey, respondents can go in the running to win one of three $500 vouchers.

“We’re inviting Australians to help find new ways to improve the National Public Toilet Map, developing a critical resource for many who experience incontinence,” Continence Foundation of Australia acting chief executive Paula Hay said. “We are very excited to find out how we can continue to provide greater support for the one in four Australians impacted by incontinence.”

How to take part:

  • Visit the National Public Toilet Map website (www.toiletmap.gov.au) or download the App available on Google Play or the App Store
  • Log in (or register) to update a toilet facility
  • Fill out the short, four question survey when prompted
  • At the end of the survey, select ‘Yes, I would like to enter the Great Dunny Hunt’ and enter your email address to go into the running for the prizes on offer

About the Continence Foundation of Australia

The Continence Foundation of Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and the national peak body promoting bladder and bowel control health, incontinence prevention, management, education, awareness, information and advocacy. With representation in each state and territory, the Foundation provides information, support and resources for individuals, carers and professionals. www.continence.org.au

  • More than five million Australians are affected by incontinence
  • The majority of people affected by incontinence can be treated, better managed or even cured
  • In 2010, the total economic cost of incontinence was estimated to be $66.7 billion and rising

To seek help:

  • Ask your GP
  • Call the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66
  • Visit continence.org.au

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