Research Project Groups

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic Floor Research Physiotherapy

The groups research is focused on pelvic floor muscle measurement studies and conservative therapies to treat pelvic floor dysfunction: pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, incontinence and pelvic floor problems following pelvic surgery, including for pelvic cancer.

Our team

  • Helena Frawley, PhD
  • Kuan-Yin Lin, PhD
  • Jodie Dakic, PhD candidate

Areas of research:

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

Current projects:

  • Pelvic floor disorders in exercising women
  • Prevalence of urinary incontinence in netballers
  • Pelvic floor disorders in women with gynaecological cancer
  • Oncology rehabilitation/exercise for patients following surgery for abdomino-pelvic cancer
  • 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 bladder and bowel symptoms in patients with general chronic pain who attend an outpatient rehabilitation service
  • Telephone or Electronic Nutrition care Delivery (TEND) to upper GI cancer patients: a randomised controlled trial

Research Projects:

PRF: Are pelvic floor disorders a barrier to women's participation in their chosen exercise and how do physiotherapists screen and manage them?
Effective start/end date 1/12/17 → 31/12/19
Funding Australian Physiotherapy Association: AUD9,997.00
Urinary Incontinence (UI) in exercising women: are women being helped?
Effective start/end date 15/01/18 → 15/01/19

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Higher Degree by Research Physiotherapy Students