Dr Ashani Couchman in a urological surgeon who is a sub-specialist in Transitional (adolescent) urology, and Neuro-urology.
She graduated from Auckland Medical School in 2003 and completed her surgical training in New Zealand. This was followed by high profile fellowships at the Institute of Urology (London), Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (London) and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (London) and Western General Hospital (Edinburgh). During this time she worked with world leaders of sub-specialities of Transitional Urology, Neuro-Urology and Paediatric Urology.
As a consultant urologist at Kingston Hospital (Kingston-upon-Thames, UK) she set up the Albany unit, which streamlined paediatric assessment and investigation of blood in the urine. She joined Continence Matters in 2016 and holds specialist registration with the Medical Board of South Australia.
Ashani has published clinical research in her sub-specialty fields and edited a reference textbook on urinary incontinence. She continues to be a reviewer of the Journal of Paediatric Urology, a peer reviewer of the British Journal of Urology International and a member of the Cochrane Collaboration.
She is also appointed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Personal Appointments & Medical Memberships
- Member of the Children and Young Persons committee, International Continence Society.
- President of the Continence Foundation of Australia – South Australian Branch.
- Member of the Functional Urology and Reconstructive Urology special advisory group, ANZUS.
- Member of the MBS review committee for the Australian Medical Association
Convener of the CFA-SA annual scientific meeting 2018.
- Peer reviewer for the BJUI – reconstructive and female urology module.
- Medical Board of South Australia.
- The International Neuro-Urology Society
- The European Association of Urology
- The American Urological Association
- The International Continence Society
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1) Theoria: Urinary continence and living with Machado-Joseph disease: Insights from a literature review and experience of the Machado-Joseph Disease Foundation. Australian and NZ continence journal
2) Adolescent and adult outcomes in women following childhood vaginal reconstruction for cloacal anomaly. The Journal of Urology. May 2015; 193:1819-1823.
3) Long-term management and out comes of cloacal anomalies. Pediatric nephrology, May 2015; 30(5): 759-765.
4) Urinary Incontinence Alhasso & Fernando(eds.) Intechpublishing 2012
5) Duloxetine for Stress Urinary Incontinence – Cochrane review – in progress
6) Comparison of closurev ersus non closure in buccal mucosal urethroplasty: A prospective randomized control trial – preliminary results (Abstract) – awaiting publication 2012
7) Predictors of complications following percutaneous nephrolithotomy – The Auckland experience (Abstract), BJUI March 2009;103(1):24
8) Ethnic variance in stone size andt ype in patients undergoing PCNL in Auckland, NZ (Abstract), BJUI March 2009;103(1):47
9) Does operating time alter post-operative complications in PCNL(Abstract), BJUI March 2009;103(1):24