Career

Continence and Womens Health Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists specialising in this area will deal with a range of clients across the lifespan. As well as addressing continence, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain or concerns in men, women and children, they will also have an important role to play in women’s health. While working with women’s health these professionals will be a part of a number of life events, such as child birth and concerns related to the aging process. Those seeking to enter into this field must have an excellent understanding of cultural and ethical issues related to their clients and the need for specific treatment options and approaches.

 

Gaining qualification and titling as a Specialist Physiotherapist requires advanced expertise and experience in the specialisation area. There are two pathways to becoming a specialist – experiential and academic – both of which require being a qualified physiotherapist and joining the relevant national group for the field of expertise. The experiential pathway then requires at least five years’ worth of practical experience, including three years in the relevant field of expertise, along with evidence of engagement in professional development during this time. The academic pathway requires the completion of an approved Masters course as well as two years’ clinical experience with evidence of working the relevant field.