Pain & Pregnancy - Melbourne

Sun 17 Feb 2019 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Southern School of Natural Therapies

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Pregnancy can be challenging for a mother's body before, during and after delivery of her baby. Common presentations include pelvic girdle pain, pelvic neuralgias, neck, rib and low back pain. Some complaints can present many years later, after a difficult delivery, such as prolapse and pudendal neuralgia.

In this course you will learn how to easily identify the most common presentations and how you can more effectively help women during pregnancy, prepare for labour and recover efficiently from delivery or caesarean section. The course will discuss breastfeeding ergonomics, prolapse and the prevention of future delivery-related complaints.

Liz will discuss problems related to pelvic mesh products and how these have been managed at the Women's Health & Research Institute of Australia with Professor Vancaillie.

Treatment protocols and techniques demonstrated are based on the latest clinical guidelines for managing pelvic girdle and peripheral neuropathic pain, and the prevention of post-partum complications. You will learn useful self-management tips that women can include in their birth plan and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assessment protocols for common complaints during pregnancy
  • Treatment protocol for pelvic girdle pain for pregnancy and post-partum
  • Treatment principles for pelvic neuralgias
  • Principles of post-partum care, including pelvic health, caesarean care, breastfeeding ergonomics
  • Birth plan support with a focus on long term maternal and child health
  • Update on the controversial pelvic mesh complications and how to help support these women

Course Details

The Pain & Pregnancy course is applicable to all allied health manual therapy practitioners with no prior experience treating pregnancy required. It will include practical examination and treatment protocols you will be able to use with confidence in your practice. New graduates welcome.

The course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It can be counted as 6 hours CPD. Cost of course is $450 + GST and includes morning and afternoon tea, e-notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records.

Elizabeth Howard

BAppSc(Clin Sc) BOstSc MScMed(PainMgt)


Liz has over 20 years experience as an osteopath, and has worked at the Women's Health & Research Institute of Australia for over 5 years. Her main focus is the holistic management of complex pelvic pain with the interdisciplinary team, working closely with Professor Thierry Vancaillie (Gynaecologist and Pain Medicine Specialist).

Her roles include osteopathic care, pain education, clinical specialist in sacral neuromodulation (with Boston Scientific) and facilitating group education for pelvic pain. Most recently Liz has been helping manage the women suffering with pelvic pain after mesh surgery for prolapse at WHRIA and the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick.

Her teaching experience ranges from lectures and technique in Undergraduate and Master's Osteopathic programs (University of Western Sydney, Southern Cross University), clinical supervision of osteopathic students (UWS, SCU, SportsMed Mumbai), Osteopathy Australia National Conference presentation, Pelvic Floor Seminars, GP education evenings and Allied Health events. Find further information about Elizabeth here.

Attendee Feedback

This was hands down one of the best courses I have attended! The balance of updated info, the course structure and the hands on practice was brilliant. I especially enjoyed that you tailored the course to the attendees and the one day course structure so that I don't feel burned out on the weekend and it didn’t impact work as much as a two day course may have. Thank you very much to all of the tutors and Liz for your guidance and support.

Casey Beaumont

Clear instruction, straight to the point, no wasting time.

Leonardo Viola

Content was excellent, fantastic presentation, great practical component, well organised day.

Renae Farrugia