Victoria Watson

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I work in Cammeray.

My Story:

I grew up in a small coastal community just north of Auckland, New Zealand. The focus of our family was very much sport and the ocean and I grew up in the water as much as on land. I spent most of my weekends at the Surf Life Saving Club, either patrolling or competing, and I ran and played netball during the winters. At school I loved biology and all the sciences, so physiotherapy seemed like a good option for me. I can honestly say that there have been no regrets. I have been able to live in and work in some pretty great places – New Zealand, Fiji, England, Scotland, Hong Kong and now due to picking up an Australian husband along the journey, Sydney.

I still love sport, and will confess to being slightly obsessive about running – although in a good way. I fully understand how important exercise is for your state of mind, and my two very cheeky children will kindly remind me that I need to run if I’m getting grumpy.
 

What makes me different:

I have always gravitated to sports physiotherapy, and during my Masters in Sports I became really interested in neck injuries, writing my thesis on whiplash injuries in sport. Whilst I definitely see all musculoskeletal injuries, I truly love treating cervical spines.

It wasn’t until I had my own children that the importance of the pelvic floor came into sharp focus. It truly is the foundation for optimal biomechanics! So as my attention was drawn south, I started studying Women’s Health. It has been such a great journey and I absolutely love that physiotherapy is able to make such a profound change in a woman’s life by optimizing pelvic floor function.

I get immense satisfaction in helping patients with incontinence problems, pelvic pain and a myriad of other issues related to pregnancy and childbirth. Education is such a big part of my practice – I strongly believe that knowledge is the key, and that if a patient understands exactly what is going on, then so many possibilities for improvement are opened.
 

What I have learnt:

  • Masters in Health Science (Sports Physiotherapy) 2006 – Auckland University of Technology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy 2001 – Auckland University
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1995 – Otago University

Women’s Health and Continence: 

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain – genitourinary and anorectal pain disorders – Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • Pelvic floor relationship to Exercise, Sport and Musculoskeletal Dysfunction – Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse – Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • Introduction to Women’s Health – Taryn Hallam WHAT
  • Real Time Ultrasound for Pelvic Floor and Core, Felicity Kermode
  • Pelvic organ prolapse & Gellhorn workshop with Taryn Hallam

Musculoskeletal:

  • Complete Cervical Spine – Sydney Specialist Physiotherapy Clinic
  • The Science of Whiplash – Assessment of Physical and Psychological Impairments following Whiplash Injury – James Elliott, Met Rx
  • Gait Analysis and Orthotics – London Foot and Ankle Centre
  • Modified Pilates – Level 1 Matwork – APPI
  • Exercises for the core and more – lower quadrant – Dr LJ Lee
  • Gym Ball Stability and Rehabilitation – Physioscience UK
  • Mulligan Spinal MWM – Linda Exelby
  • McConnell – Peripheral Joint Overview – Jenny McConnell
  • Why Does Your Head Ache? – NZ Manipulative Physiotherapy Association
  • Acupuncture for myofascial trigger points and pain – AACP approved
  • Scaroiliac Alignment and Stabilisation – Howard Turner, MACP approved
  • Kinetic Control Muscle Imbalance – Cervical Spine and Shoulder Girdle -Sarah Mottram
  • Kinetic Control Muscle Imbalance – Lumbar Spine and Pelvis – Mark Commerford
  • Kinetic Control Muscle Imbalance – Sacroiliac joint and Pelvis -Mark Silvester
  • McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy – Part 1 and 2, Lumbar Spine and Cervical Spine – The McKenzie Institute, NZ
  • Sports Thorax – Dr LJ Lee
  • Pelvic Skills workshop with Prof Peter Deitz

Fun Fact:

I struggle with knowing my left and right. When my husband and I rode our tandem bike through Europe, he was at the front, steering and I was on the back reading the map. Big mistake. After numerous wrong turns and consequent arguments, we developed a system where I would just tap him on the side that I needed him to turn. Thank heaven for GPS.