Pelvic Floor, Core and More

Pelvic Floor, Core and More is a professional development workshop presented by a Pelvic Health and Continence physiotherapist with post graduate qualifications in pelvic floor rehabilitation.      
The overall outcome of the workshop is to help participants understand the synergistic nature of the pelvic floor and other core muscles including the common conditions associated with dysfunction. There will then be the ability to apply this knowledge to ensure appropriate exercise prescription to prevent and manage pelvic floor dysfunction.                                            
Discussed will be the prevalence of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD), screening and professional responsibility. Anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor and other core muscle function, including a surface anatomy practical session. Explained will be the common issues associated with PFD, involving the bladder, bowel, pelvic organ prolapse and Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRAM). Explained also will be the practicing and cueing for pelvic floor muscle activation as well as the importance of adapting and choosing appropriate exercises. A written assessment questionnaire will be conducted at the conclusion of the workshop. Key learning outcomes include:
- Gain an understanding of the nature and extent of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in the general exercising population.
- Understand the importance of screening and professional responsibility.
- Understand basic Pelvic Floor anatomy and physiology.
- Gain a general understanding of common bladder and bowel problems associated with PFD
- Understand the mechanics involved in Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Understand the impact of prostate and other surgeries
- Know how to identify Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRAM)
- Understand how to provide appropriate exercise prescription to prevent and improve PFD
- Understand your scope of practice and when and where to refer on.

Duration of the workshop is 2.5 hours (including assessment and feedback time)

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Presented by Therese (Terry) Wesselink
Therese (Terry) Wesselink is the Executive Officer of the Continence Foundation of Australia Victorian Branch,, trading as the Victorian Continence Resource Centre (VCRC). Terry holds post graduate qualifications in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, and has over 30 years of experience. She now works exclusively in the field of Continence and Pelvic Health. Her expertise covers conditions such as urinary or faecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, toilet training, and bedwetting in children.

She is the author of the books WeeFree Women and the Reclaim Your Core and is part of the working group that manages - a teen pelvic health initiative from the Victorian Continence Resource Centre and Victorian Government.

Terry runs professional and community education sessions on topics such as Toilet Training, bladder and bowel education, pelvic Floor education for women and men with incontinence. 



Melbourne: 13 March 2020
Melbourne: 9 October 2020


Contact details
For more information or to enrol in the course, please contact the provider using the below details.

Victorian Continence Resource Centre (VCRC), Continence Foundation of Australia Victorian Branch
Terry Wesselink
Ph: 03 9816 8266

Additional Information
The Victorian Continence Resource Centre is the peak body for Bladder and Bowel Health in Victoria and is a not for profit organization supported by funding from the Victorian Government under DHHS/CCA. We offer Professional development and training as well as Community education sessions state wide and further (travel fees apply or virtual options available). We can tailor education packages for specific needs and groups. 

Our vision: Speaking up for Continence health.
Our mission: Awareness, Prevention and Treatment.

More dates will be added to the Pelvic Floor, Core and More schedule in 2019.
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