It’s been a busy few months at Life Cycle Physiotherapy. I have been working on lots of exciting things that I thought I would share with you.
Earlier his year, I was lucky enough to win a scholarship to do the PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Program. After 12 weeks of study, I am pleased to announce I am now a Certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physio!
The PINC program is a fabulous initiative by New Zealand Physiotherapist, Lou James, aiming to train Physiotherapists on how they can help women diagnosed with cancer. The PINC online training program is now taught to Physiotherapists in 11 countries worldwide. As a Physiotherapist working in Women’s Health, I felt this program was a valuable opportunity to understand how I can help the many women in our community who are diagnosed with cancer every year.
The PINC program focuses things I am already passionate about:
There was also a load of helpful information and advice on dealing with cancer-related fatigue, restoring movement and strength after surgery and dealing with complications, including lymphoedema and scar tissue adhesions.
You can read more about the program on the PINC website.
If you know anyone living with cancer, I urge you to have a look at the PINC website and contact me for further information. It is never too early to start rehabilitation and get help.
At the start of November, I had a flying visit to Sydney to teach the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) Ante-natal and Post-natal Course.
APPI run Pilates courses all over the world, training Physiotherapists and other health professionals in the Pilates method, and how to teach it to their clients. I have been an instructor for APPI for the past 4 years. I especially love teaching the Ante-natal and Post-natal course, as it draws on my special interest and knowledge in this area, and I love the chance to be able to share this with other Physiotherapists. This was the fifth time I have taught the Ante-natal and Post-natal course, and the third time I have taught it in Sydney.
The 2-day course in November had an enthusiastic group of 10 Physiotherapists from around Australia attending - including one male – yay! As usual, Sydney put on some beautiful weather, so it wasn’t all just work and no play.
I will be teaching more APPI courses in Adelaide in 2019, including the Matwork 1-3 Series, all from the studio at 92 Carrington Street.
Talking of Pilates, Life Cycle Physiotherapy will be adding a new Intermediate Pilates mat class from January 2019!
This class will be suitable for those who want a bit more challenge than beginners level (but can be modified for individual needs too). The class is also suitable for those in Mums and Bubs Classes who want to add another class into their week and are past the first few months postpartum.
I have been a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Women’s, Men’s, and Pelvic Health (WMPH) Group Professional Development Committee for several years now. It is a great group to be involved with, as we get to plan many of the fabulous professional development sessions for our special interest group throughout the year.
In 2019, I am stepping into the role of Deputy Chairperson for the group. I am excited to take on this new role and have more involvement with the APA. This is an especially busy and interesting time to be involved, as the WMPH groups throughout Australia are currently mapping out clear career pathways for junior Physiotherapists wanting to work in this specialised field. This will mean many big changes for the way Physiotherapists progress through their careers.
Finally, I am very proud to have been selected as one of six members of the WMPH group Scientific Committee for the APA National Conference for 2019. The APA holds a National Conference every year, and the 2019 conference will be right here in Adelaide in October. Each major special interest group in the APA is allocated their own sub-section of the conference. The Scientific Committee for each group is responsible for inviting guest speakers and selecting papers suitable for presentation at the conference. I am really looking forward to getting a sneak preview of some of the new research coming out in this area, ahead of the conference in October 2019.
That’s all from me for now.
Thank you very much to all of you, my wonderful clients, who have been part of Life Cycle Physiotherapy in 2018. It is exciting to see the business growing, and I really appreciate your support.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and good health and happiness in 2019.