There is no referral required to see a Women’s Health practitioner. Your Osteopath may can
work in conjunction with and communicate with your obstetrician, gynaecologist, general
practitioner, surgeon, or other healthcare provider throughout your treatment to ensure a
collaborative, team approach to your healthcare.
Please also wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that is easy to take off if required.
In addiction, please bring any relevant scans and accompanying reports, such as
urodynamic studies, ultrasounds, surgery reports, x-rays, or MRIs, to your appointment.
New patients’ appointments will take up to one hour, to allow your practitioner time to make
sure they have covered everything about your presenting concern. Return appointments will
be 30 minutes. Extended appointments are available upon request and are advised if
treating various areas of the body. Feel free to contact our reception team or practitioner to
discuss which appointment type is best for you.
Your first consultation with your practitioner will consist of a detailed discussion about your
concerns and goals. We will ask a lot of questions about a range of different symptoms and
your health history to best understand you and your body. We will do an assessment of your
whole body and formulate a plan tailored to you to help you achieve your health and
You can come when menstruating – our practitioners are comfortable to treat you during this
time if you are comfortable with being treated. It is up to your own personal preference.
Pelvic health consultations can be done both internally and externally. There are a variety of
different ways that techniques can be modified to suit your specific preferences. Some
certain muscles benefit from a more direct approach to acquire treatment outcomes, but this
doesn’t mean it is a requirement if you are not comfortable with it. Some people may agree
to internal treatments one session, but don’t want it done the next, which is totally
fine! Consent is always reassessed at each step of your journey.
Treatment options are always tailored to the patient and will be discussed with you at length
in your appointment, and we give plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions to ensure
you are comfortable with the approach. We endeavour to make our consultation room a safe
and comfortable environment for all.
Internal treatment isn’t exclusive to those who have had children. Internal techniques, while
sometimes uncomfortable, can be used on any person with a vagina, if they consent to it. It
may be more comfortable for those who have experienced penetration before, whether via
cervical screen (pap smear), sexual intercourse, or previous internal assessment or
Any concerns about this can be answered within your appointment.
Like any treatment performed to muscles that are tight on the outside of the body, internal
treatments to the pelvic floor may cause some discomfort. Your practitioner will check in
regularly on the pressure being applied/techniques being applied to see how you are feeling.
Treatment techniques are tailored to how you feel and the body’s response to treatment, so
no more pressure than necessary will be applied.
Patients with chronic medical conditions and complex care needs may be eligible for a
Chronic Disease Management (CDM) rebate through Medicare. CDM services and Team Care Arrangements (TCA) are arranged by a patient’s general practitioner. Please discuss
your eligibility for this plan with your GP.
Yes, patients with private health insurance that includes “Extras Cover” may be covered for
Osteopathy services. Please check with your health fund to determine your coverage.
An assessment of the pelvic floor involves a variety of steps. Your practitioner will run through an assessment with lots of questions to best determine which approach will work best for you. They may suggest an internal assessment to you, but agreeing to this will be at your discretion. They may also assess your pelvis, low back, hips, and abdominals, as well as asking questions about your bladder and bowel function, lifestyle and exercise habits. All of this information will help your practitioner to determine the best course of action for your concerns, and a thorough treatment and management plan will be created based on your goals.
Performing regular and coordinated pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy can protect against incontinence symptoms and aid in your recovery post birth. Like any exercise prescription, it is important to make sure you are conduction your exercises properly and effectively, as well as making sure that what you are doing is appropriate for what your body needs. Tight pelvic floors and weak pelvic floors can often present very similarly, so it is often best to consult with your women’s health practitioner to help create a tailored plan that fits your body’s needs.