Physiotherapy is an allied health service that provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients of the Women’s.
Our physiotherapists have specialist knowledge of women’s health through all stages of the life cycle from newborns to adolescents, through the childbearing years to older women’s health and during cancer treatment.
Physiotherapy treatment focuses on maintaining and restoring normal function, minimising dysfunction, preventing disability and improving quality of life.
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, including incontinence and prolapse
- Musculoskeletal pain in the childbearing years
- Sexual dysfunction, including dyspareunia, vaginismus, post-radiation care
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Vulval conditions, including vulvodynia or vaginismus
- Newborn conditions, including positional talipes, plagiocephaly, torticollis, brachial plexus palsy
- Exercise therapy
- Diabetes during pregnancy
- Women’s cancers, including breast and gynaecological
- Bowel disorders including constipation and incontinence
- All inpatients and outpatients of the hospital, with physiotherapy conditions related to women’s health
- Patients must be registered with a hospital clinic and reviewed by a Women’s physiotherapist prior to attending all exercise classes
- Women reporting pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain must be delivering at the Women’s to be eligible for assessment and treatment
The Physiotherapy department is open from 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
8:30am to 12:30pm Saturday (ward cover only).
On-call service provided on weekends and public holidays.
- Internal referral from other services at the Women's only – we do not accept referrals for patients who are not currently patients of the Women's i.e. from GPs.
- Outpatient appointments require a valid internal referral from a Women’s hospital department.
- Referrals are valid for 12 months.
Patients will be notified of appointment details by letter or phone call. Confirmation texts are sent in the days before an outpatient appointment.
- Find a health information fact sheet for your patient
- Find health information for your patient
- The Continence Foundation of Australia
- Pelvic Floor First
- The Cancer Council of Australia
- The Victorian Continence Resource Centre
- Find a Physio (Australian Physiotherapy Association)
- Urogynaecology Clinic
- Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic
Downloads and Related Topics
Normal bowel function
The pelvic floor is made up of a network of muscles and nerves which control both bladder and bowel function. Good bowel habits help to protect these muscles and minimise the risk of both bladder and bowel incontinence. (see also Preventing Constipation)
- Normal bowel function
Emptying your bladder after birth
If you have difficulty emptying your bladder after birth or have no sensation to pass urine then you may develop urinary retention. If the bladder is not emptying properly then the urine that is left behind can build up over time, this is known as urinary retention.
- Emptying your bladder after birth
Improving your recovery after birth – Physiotherapy advice
After you have given birth we recommend that you follow some simple steps which will improve your postnatal recovery.
- Improving your recovery after birth – Physiotherapy advice
Pelvic floor exercises
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments which support the bladder, uterus (womb) and bowel. It is important that all women exercise their pelvic floor muscles everyday throughout life, to prevent weakness or improve strength.
- Pelvic floor exercises
Physiotherapy advice - How to avoid lifting and straining
Your doctor has recommended you avoid lifting for medical reasons. This can be difficult if you have small children to look after, but it is possible. The key to managing your lifting restrictions is to plan ahead. You need to re-think all of the types of lifting you do, even those that seem normal or routine.
- Physiotherapy advice - How to avoid lifting and straining
After your operation - helping you to recover
After your operation, bed rest and inactivity can increase the risk of chest infection and blood clots in your legs. These can be avoided if you follow the instructions in this fact sheet.
- After your operation - helping you to recover
Perineal tears - third and fourth degree
It is common for the perineum to tear during a vaginal birth. Most often a tear will simply need to be stitched and will heal well. Some tears are worse than others and can affect your broader health and wellbeing. Third and fourth degree perineal tears will need more attention and time to heal.
- Perineal tears - third and fourth degree