Associate Professor Helena Frawley

FACP, PhD, PGCert (Pelvic Floor), BAppSc (Physio)

+61 3 9904 4818



Associate Professor Helena Frawley leads the women’s, men’s and pelvic health physiotherapy research program in the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Primary and Allied Health Care.

Awards / Fellowships

  • Specialist Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist, Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy, 2011
  • NHMRC Health Professional Early Career Fellowship, 2014 – 2018
  • NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice Fellowship, 2010 – 2012

Research income

  • A/Prof Frawley has attracted grant income from Category 1 – Category 4 sources


  • Fellow, Australian College of Physiotherapy
  • National Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group, Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • International Continence Society
  • International Urogynecological Association
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Continence Foundation of Australia

External engagement

  • Head, Centre for Allied Health Research and Education, Cabrini Health
  • Lead, international working party for the standardization of terminology of pelvic floor muscle assessment
  • Honorary appointments:
  • Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Dept. of Physiotherapy. 2014 - current.
  • Senior Fellow, Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, School of Allied Health. 2017 - current

Teaching responsibility/activities

  • Supervision of PhD and Masters students

Areas of research

  • Pelvic floor physiotherapy: assessment and exercise interventions
  • Women’s health physiotherapy
  • Graduate competencies in pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • Translation research: implementation of clinical practice guidelines

Current projects

  • Effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for women with pelvic organ prolapse
  • Optimising uptake and implementation of pelvic floor muscle training exercise programs for people with urinary incontinence
  • Prevalence of urinary incontinence in netballers
  • Prevalence of bladder and bowel symptoms in patients with general chronic pain who attend an outpatient rehabilitation service
  • Oncology rehabilitation/exercise for patients following surgery for abdomino-pelvic cancer
  • Telephone or Electronic Nutrition care Delivery (TEND) to upper GI cancer patients: a randomised controlled trial
  • Higher degree by research student projects:
    • Impact of exercise on pelvic floor function
    • Exercise and gestational diabetes
    • Measurement of pelvic floor muscle tone
    • Diastasis rectus of the abdominal muscles

Research and Publications

See Helena Frawley's online research profile here