Women's Health and Musculoskeletal Physio. Team Leader Cammeray.
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
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
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.