The Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health group is ideal for physiotherapists with an interest in management of conditions such as bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse, as well as considerations relating to the obstetric and paediatric populations. Women's, men's and pelvic health physiotherapists are involved in providing services in both public and private health sectors.
Surround yourself with a network of like-minded peers by joining the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health group.
Members of the group are kept in the loop with quarterly emails written by other physiotherapists working in the field. You will receive case studies, literature reviews, relevant research articles, reviews of professional development and updates on committee activities around the country.
There are many professional development opportunities, whether face-to-face, online, multi-day courses or evening lectures. All courses organised by the group are offered at a discount to group members. We also regularly organise joint professional development events with other groups, allowing you to maintain a breadth of knowledge.
In 2016, the ‘Continence and Women’s Health group’ was renamed the ‘Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health group’ in order to more accurately reflect this ever growing area of knowledge and expertise. As a result, there are now more professional development opportunities on offer, and the group is more inclusive of those physiotherapists who may previously not have felt that they fit under the ‘Continence and Women’s Health’ umbrella.
The Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group have been heavily involved in advocacy for this important field of work over the last few years, including representation at Parliament House for World Continence Week in 2018, and development of a number of articles for various publications. The group has also recently been involved in the development of the new career pathway, with sub-committees working on course content and eligibility for exemptions.
The Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health group produces many fine researchers in the areas of incontinence, pelvic floor muscle training, osteoporosis, and exercise post-mastectomy, to name a few. By joining the group, you’ll have the opportunity to network and hear from leading names in the field.
The group liaises closely with the Continence Foundation of Australia.
There are opportunities to be involved in shaping the future of this group. You can volunteer for committee positions in your state or at a national level, or contribute your ideas for professional development and other activities.
Every two years, the APA conference scientific committee works to produce a high quality program for each area of physiotherapy, giving you another opportunity to influence this area of the profession.