The focus of this course is learning how to assess patients using internal examinations (vaginal and rectal). Assessment of the pelvic floor muscles, levator ani avulsions, coccyx injuries, prolapses, and maternal birth injuries will be taught using the latest international guidelines. Peer-to-peer learning is used to maximize your ability to learn new skills. Three practical sessions during the course are provided for you to practice your assessment and treatment skills in a supportive environment.
Incontinence (urinary and faecal), pelvic organ prolapses, bowel issues, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic pain conditions in females and males will be introduced at a basic level.
The course is clinically focused and will give you tools to enable you to immediately branch into the field of women's and men's pelvic health, and to call yourself a pelvic health therapist. Females, males, and gender diverse registered health professionals are invited to take part in this course.
Bladder, bowel, and food diaries will be discussed, as will common outcome measures such as Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire, different pain scales, and POP-Q. Adjunctive therapy such as pelvic floor training devices and apps will be discussed, as well as the importance of sleep, nutrition, gut health, stress management, and exercise as it relates to pelvic health.
Common conditions and treatments covered will include pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunctions, pelvic pain (at a basic level), gut health (different conditions and treatment options), menopause, coccyx injuries, prostate surgery, and hard flaccid syndrome. Common dermatological conditions and cancers of the pelvic region will be discussed.
Throughout the course we will also be reviewing case studies and challenging you to think critically at all stages of the patient management process. This is alongside two practical sessions for you to practice your assessment and treatment skills in a supportive environment.
An absolutely incredible course full of laughter and knowledge. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking at advancing their basic internal and pelvic health skills. I gained so much from the course and feel a lot more confident with my rationale and skillset than I did before and I am so ready to put this in to practice with some of my more complex patients. Two cute black labs, the delicious food and the beautiful calming venue were bonuses! - Aimee
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