Pelvic health therapy is the first conservative treatment internationally recommended for many maternal birth injuries and pelvic health conditions. To assess and treat these injuries and conditions, internal examinations are required in most cases.
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.
What people are saying about this course
Melissa's course is a must for anyone wanting to develop skills in pelvic health physiotherapy. Having the opportunity to practice vaginal and rectal exams in a safe and encouraging space has made me feel so much more confident to be able to pursue this area of physiotherapy further. Melissa makes the course and her style of teaching very approachable and relatable which made me feel so much more at ease to ask questions. I have come away from this course feeling very motivated and inspired to being the career pathway in developing further in pelvic health. Thank you Melissa – Jennifer
This is a great course with a good balance of theory and practical components. Melissa makes everyone feel comfortable no matter your previous experience, nervousness or gender! I highly recommend this course. Also the food is great! - Derek
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
The contents of the course was great. Really friendly & supportive learning environment from Melissa and also other colleagues attending the course – Linh
Amazing course, I was hesitant on going the step further into internal exams, but the course was fun, friendly, and not at all scary. The knowledge of the research and the clinical experience Melissa has in this area is very evident in the logical and informative way she has structured this course. I learnt a lot – Nina
Melissa's course on introduction to pelvic floor physiotherapy was a fantastic course that helped me to gain a wealth of knowledge and practical skills for starting to assess and treat pelvic health. Anyone who is looking to focus in this area of Physiotherapy should do this course – Rebecca
A fantastic introduction to internal examinations. Really felt like I learned so much in such a short weekend- Anna
As an Osteopath doing the course, I loved how well it was able to be clinically applied in our line of work. We are lacking on any CPD in this area, here in NZ, so I feel that this really bridges the gap - Angela
Fantastic course. A very comprehensive course that covers relevant information. Melissa provided a save environment for us to learn internals comfortably. Food is also 10/10 every course- Laura
Absolutely a must do for anyone wanting to work in the pelvic health area. Melissa delivers concise, evidence based content in a safe and supportive environment - Megan
It was awesome and I highly recommend it!! - Miyoung
A great informative course to gain the skills of internal assessment and education assisting patients in the journey to improved pelvic health. Very clear presentation which you came away feeling confident and equipped to integrate into your practice immediately. Melissa's sense of humor and professionalism makes the course a pleasure to be part of - Hannah
This is a hands-on practical way of applying knowledge in a way that can really help people - Natalie
Melissa is absolutely amazing at what she does! This has been the best course I've been to - Nicole
I thoroughly recommend Melissa's courses. She is a very knowledgeable and entertaining presenter. The course content and practical assessment skills gained are immediately applicable to clinical practice in pelvic health practice - Sara
This course was perfect for being able to integrate theory and practice, and leave you feeling confident to move in to clinical practice - Teresa
How was the food?
- Super yummy, filling, and healthy
- All was delicious
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Dr Melissa Davidson is the only registered Specialist Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health in New Zealand. Alongside her 32 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.
Pre-reading will be provided to complete prior to the course starting.
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 complete the course.
A post-course test and evaluation will need to be completed prior to you receiving your completion certificate.
$745 including GST for the two day course.
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