Ellen Barnett

13

I work in Cammeray and Bondi Junction.

My Story:

I grew up as the youngest of four girls in Melbourne. One day at a picnic my trainer bike had been left at home and instead of missing out I jumped onto my big sister’s bike and took off chasing the older kids, and never looked back. My attitude is to give everything a go, coining me the nickname “energiser bunny” on the netball court. From cycling to kayaking, tap dancing, tennis, yoga, running or Pilates, I am happiest when I am on the move. Physiotherapy is a natural fit for me with my love for sports combined with a thirst to understand how the body moves and functions.

 

What makes me different:

I will persevere until I know I have done everything possible to achieving your goals. I want to understand exactly what makes you tick and how your problem is affecting you, whatever it may be.

I want your body to move optimally from head to toe. While I enjoy treating a range of musculoskeletal issues, my post graduate studies have guided me towards pelvic floor dysfunction. I believe the more these at times sensitive issues are openly discussed, the more people will get the help they need to get on with enjoying life to the maximum.

I have experience in managing incontinence in children and adolescents including managing bed wetting, bowel concerns and Overactive Bladder. I am interested in assisting men navigate pelvic pain and providing understanding of how pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with this. I treat bowel dysfunction from constipation to faecal incontinence. I see women throughout life stages and want to ensure the transition beyond childbearing years is bothersome free, particularly through hormonal changes.

I enjoy following the journey through pregnancy and post-natal recovery for women with urinary or bowel dysfunction, back, rib or pelvis pain, abdominal separation and pain with intercourse. Running exercise classes is one of my favourite times of the day as I am passionate about empowering women to move safely through pregnancy and return to exercise safely after their baby is born.

 

What I have learnt:

 2011. Batchelor of physiotherapy at La Trobe University
 2016 Post Graduate Certificate Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (Melbourne)

Musculoskeletal:

  • Therapeutic Yoga for Physiotherapists I and 2
  • Annette Tonkin Communication Workshop
  • Spinal Level 1 Course
  • BICA Indoor Cycling Instructor Course
  • DMA Clinical Pilates Level I and II
  • Introduction to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Dry Needling Level 1 GEMT
  • Sports Thorax – Dr LJ Lee
  • ConnectTherapy™ Series – Dr Linda-Joy Lee  (Currently 2019)

Women’s and Men’s Health:

  • Passionfruit Sexual Communication and Tools Workshop
  • Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapy Level 1
  • Advanced course in Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse – Taryn Hallam
  • Pelvic Pain Conference and Physio Masterclass 2017
  • NSW Continence Foundation Conference 2017
  • APA Management of Constipation and Fecal Soiling NSW
  • Advanced Pelvic Skills Workshop – Prof Hans Peter Deitz
  • Pelvic organ prolapse & Gellhorn workshop with Taryn Hallam
  • Advanced lactating breast workshop with Melinda Cooper
  • Anorectal Pelvic Floor Disorders – Taryn Hallam 2018

A Fun Fact:
I am a massive foodie and I’m always looking out for recommendations for delicious meals out. My favourite cookbook is written by Ottolenghi – every recipe is sensational.