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Endo Wise: women share their endo stories

External Links 05 November 2018

Endo Wise looks at the common but under-recognised chronic disease endometriosis. Eight women share their personal experiences with endo, from symptoms to diagnosis, and management of the condition.

Endo Wise: Rachel’s story

Videos 3 min 42 sec 19 October 2018

Rachel’s anxiety is linked to her recent diagnosis of endometriosis. Find out what she’s doing to reduce her symptoms.

Endo Wise: Alice’s Story

Videos 3 mins 40 secs 25 September 2018

As a 25-year-old, Alice has not only spent years managing endometriosis, she has also been managing the expectations of friends who might not always understand what it’s like to have a chronic condition. Find out what she does.

How to work your pelvic floor the right way

Videos 18 mins 05 October 2018

Senior Clinician Physiotherapist Tamara Wraith explains how to work your pelvic floor the right way, how to release it, and offers some great tips for daily practice.


Recipes pdf 431 KB 06 September 2018

Fibre need not taste like chaff. This high-fibre breakfast is a sweet, crunchy, toasty and tasty treat.

Bounty bowl

Recipes pdf 1 MB 05 September 2018

This nutritionally rewarding Mediterranean salad nourishes the gut AND mind and lets you swap ingredients according to taste.

Pelvic floor exercises - podcast

Podcasts 6 mins 06 September 2018

Listen to this podcast from Jean Hailes pelvic floor physiotherapist Janetta Webb as she talks you through some simple exercises for your pelvic floor.

Bladder & bowel health - fact sheet

Fact sheets pdf 485 KB 31 August 2018

Applying the teach-back tool - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 485 KB 14 May 2018

In this ‘Talking Women’ article for Medical Observer, senior research fellow Alison Beauchamp, discusses the method ‘teach-back’ to improve the health outcomes of a consultation.

Transvaginal mesh complications - Health Professional tool
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External Links 07 February 2018

This tool, developed by Safer Care Victoria, will assist general practitioners in identifying complications and supporting women affected by transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh is a medical product which has been used for over 15 years to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary stress incontinence. Some women have experienced serious and debilitating complications following such surgery.

Transvaginal mesh: what you need to know

External Links 09 November 2017

The Better Health Channel has released information on transvaginal mesh and reports of complications with this treatment in some women. Learn about transvaginal mesh including alternative treatment options and where to get help if you’re experiencing complications.

Pain and the pelvic floor - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 504 KB 31 May 2017

In this Medical Observer article, Jean Hailes pelvic floor physiotherapist Janetta Webb, explains why some women need help to release their pelvic floor muscles, not strengthen them.

Pelvic Floor Recovery Essentials

Books $20.00Available in the shop

Australian physiotherapist Sue Croft has written Pelvic Floor Recovery Essentials (2nd edition) as an easy to understand as well as more detailed guide to help women navigate the challenging path of gynaecological repair surgery. Find out the correct activation of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, pelvic floor safe exercises, advice for travel, sport and sexual function, as well as conservative prolapse management strategies.

Pelvic Floor Recovery

Books $20.00Available in the shop

Australian physiotherapist Sue Croft has written this book at the request of numerous patients who want more detailed information to help them navigate the challenging path of gynaecological repair surgery. It is easy to read and contains simple diagrams and illustrations to demonstrate the anatomy and exercises. Pelvic Floor Recovery (3rd edition) has been written with the aim reducing women's fears anxieties about gynaecological surgery by educating them about:

  • Correct activation of the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles
  • Anatomy of the bladder and bowel
  • Relaxation and breath awareness education
  • An introduction to managing chronic pelvic pain
  • Brief explanation of prolapse
  • Bladder and bowel emptying positions
  • Pre-operative and post operative physiotherapy strategies
  • Information to give you confidence for your hospital stay
  • Safe abdominal exercises for after your surgery
  • Return to work, sport, sexual function and travel advice

Inside out – A complete guide to pelvic floor safe exercises for women

Books $19.95Available in the shop

Some women unknowingly increase their risk of pelvic floor dysfunction through inappropriate exercise. Inside Out provides expert guidelines and is an educational tool for safe general exercise and improved pelvic floor fitness.

Inside Out, Prolapse Exercises

Books $22.99Available in the shop

Learn how to exercise with confidence. This book teaches you how to improve your pelvic floor support, avoid unsafe exercises and relieve prolapse symptoms while increasing your strength and fitness.

This user-friendly prolapse exercise guide is suited to all levels of fitness, especially for women with:

  • prolapse
  • prolapse surgery recovery
  • previous prolapse surgery
  • or pelvic floor weakness

Michelle Kenway is an Australian physiotherapist and women's exercise instructor and is passionate about helping women stay active for their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ

Books $29.99Available in the shop

New research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer's. Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research, and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Enders is a two-time scholarship winner of the Heraeus Foundation, and her message is simple -- if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to? Find out in this surprising exploration of the least understood of our organs.

What happens when you see a pelvic floor physiotherapist or endocrinologist? - Jean Hailes Magazine

Medical & health articles pdf 416 KB 20 February 2017

Learn what to expect inside the clinics of allied health practices that help rehabilitate pelvic floor muscles and treat hormonal conditions.

Maintaining pelvic floor fitness - video

Videos 16 mins 01 November 2015

In this video, physiotherapist Anne Patterson gives lots of tips on how to maintain pelvic floor fitness.

How a pelvic floor physiotherapist approaches pelvic pain - video

Videos 14 mins 01 February 2015

Jean Hailes pelvic floor physiotherapist Janetta Webb, talks about physiotherapy used to treat pelvic pain. She explains what women can expect from their consultation including: history taking, examination, assessment and treatment/management plan.

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