Dr Ashani Couchman is a urological surgeon who is a sub-specialist in Transitional (adolescent) urology, Neuro-urology and Paediatric urology (over 5 years of age).
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). She worked with world leaders of sub-specialties of Transitional urology, Neuro-urology and Paediatric urology during this time.
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.
Her positions are:
- Chair of the Children and Young Persons committee of the International Continence Society
- Co-Chair of the Transitional Care LUTS and Pelvic Floor (SSCWG) – The International Continence Society
- President of the Continence Foundation of Australia – South Australia branch
- Chair of the Younger Fellows Committee SA – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Member of the Clinical Review Committee of Calvary North Adelaide Hospital
She is a member of:
- The International Neuro-Urology Society
- The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
- The American Urological Association
- The International Continence Society
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
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.
An avid reader, she enjoys going out with friends and enjoying beautiful food. She is married to Paul and has a daughter Isobel.