Motus Sportshub,136 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch
Date and Times: 
16/17 March
Saturday 9:00am - 5.00pm
Sunday  8:00am - 3.00pm
Investment: $845 including GST for the 2 day course
Sat/Sun 16/17 March
Our Advanced Practice Course is for those physiotherapists who want to take their pelvic health skills to the next level or just want to 'fill in the gaps'. And due to many requests, we are holding it in Christchurch so those on the Mainland don't need to travel so far this time😊.
We are going to customise this course for what you want and for what you need to advance your clinical practice.On registering for the course, you will be sent an email asking you what you would like to have covered on the weekend. And to the best of our abilities, we will try and ensure that what you want and need is included on the course.
Topics that might be of interest include the following:
  • Assessment and treatment of different maternal birth injuries including perineal and vaginal tears, levator ani avulsions, and coccyx injuries.
  • Assessment of prolapse staging using objective measurements as well as standing and sitting assessments.

  • Recognising the different types of pain drivers (neuropathic, nociceptive, and nociplastic) and how to adjust your clinical management to use evidence-based treatment strategies.
  • Sexual health and graduated return to full sexual function.
  • Advanced palpation skills used for assessment of scarring, muscle tone, and muscle contraction states.
  • Adjunctive therapy such as apps, biofeedback, etc.
  • Gut health and vital role it has in pelvic health treatments.
  • Case studies and critical thinking.
  • Practical sessions for upskilling your internal examinations (vaginal and rectal)
  • Clinically relevant discussions of different female and male pelvic health dysfunctions
  • Bladder, bowel, and food diaries.
  • Outcome measures.
  • Pelvic pain conditions and the use of different treatment ideas and skills.
What people are saying about Melissa's other courses
Melissa presents and delivers a totally relevant course which sets you up so well with techniques and knowledge you can use immediately on returning to work on Monday. She makes attending a course an absolute pleasure and inspires you to continue improving and learning in a fun and informal way. Oh yes - also great location and food. – Jo


As a gynaecologist, I have never fully appreciated the work and expertise of the pelvic health physiotherapist. My eyes have been opened at this course, what a privilege it has been to watch experts at work, with compassion, empathy and finesse. I have learned so much, and encouraged by the hope that there are others who can help my patients on their chronic pain journey. – Alice

Melissa is a great teacher; the course provides a good mix of theory and practical in a safe environment and you come away feeling confident in your new skills – Jenny

Melissa provides an awesome learning environment and makes a situation that can be quite confronting, comfortable for all participants (from my perspective as the only male on the course!) - Derek

A great course with practical training support and advice giving me the confidence to be a better practitioner - Becky

 How was the food?

- 10. Love it that I could eat most of the food even though I'm on keto :D

- 10 - loved the gut health foods and drinks

- Super yummy, filling, and healthy

- 10 oh yerrrrrr

- All was delicious

- 10!!!

- Healthy and delicious

- 10/10 - Great to experience the foods talked about for gut health, will be trying more (with my steak!)

Dr Melissa Davidson is the only registered Specialist Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health in New Zealand. Alongside her 33 years of clinical practice, Melissa has extensive post graduate qualifications including a PhD in Bioengineering, research Masters from Melbourne, a Diploma in Advanced Orthopaedic Manipulations from Canada, and Post Graduate Certificates in Physiotherapy in both Pelvic Floor and Acupuncture. She also has a Certificate in Health Science, is registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand under Specialist Scope of Practice and is a long-term member of Physiotherapy New Zealand. She is the current President of the International Organisation of Physiotherapists in Pelvic and Women's Health.
There are limited places available on these courses. Females, males, and gender diverse health professionals are invited to take part in this course.
To attend this course, you must already be practicing as a pelvic health professional and completing internal vaginal and rectal examinations with patients.You must be a registered health professional in good standing in New Zealand (e.g., physiotherapist, osteopath, GP, nurse, etc) to attend this course. If you are registered overseas, please get in contact with Melissa to see if you are able to attend.
Prerequisites to attend this course:
Previous pelvic health internal training with Melissa (eg INTERNALS: Intro to Pelvic Health Internals).

If you have completed other courses where internal examination skills are taught, please contact Melissa at [email protected] to see if that course qualifies you to attend this advanced course.

Recommended to complete prior to attending this course:
Melissa's Integration: Integrating Pelvic Health into Musculoskeletal Practice. This will ensure you have a well rounded pelvic health background.

Additional Information:
  • As this is a practical course which involves internal examinations, participants must be willing and able to have vaginal and/or rectal examinations done on them by fellow attendees. This course allows people of all genders an opportunity to learn from each other and gain vital, practical clinical skills.
  • We will ensure the environment is private and supportive. Informed consent is discussed in detail on the course, and you will have the ability to consent or not consent to internal examination at the time of the assessments.
  • If you have your period, internal examinations can still be completed. Low risk pregnancies are not a contraindication to internal examinations, however, please get in touch with Melissa to discuss prior to registering on the course.
  • Some people may have known or unknown 'triggers' that might cause them psychological stresses on the course. Please let Melissa know in advance if you have any known triggers so we can adjust things for you to make your learning these techniques as comfortable as possible, and help you to become a pelvic health therapist.
  • Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided. If you have specific food requirements or allergies, we recommend you bring your own food with you.
Pre-reading and Tests:
Pre-reading and a pre-course test will need to be completed prior to the course.
A pre-course test needs to be completed prior to the course to ensure the pre-reading has been completed.
There will be practical assessments during the course testing clinical assessment skills learned on the weekend to ensure at the end of the course you are competent. These are completed throughout the weekend and done in a relaxed, comfortable fashion. You will need to pass these assessments to pass the course.
And a post-course test and evaluation form will need to be completed prior to you receiving your completion certificate.
$845 including GST for the two day course.
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Sat/Sun 16/17 March