One of the main factors that differentiates FitRight from other exercise options is that it is essential for all participants to have an initial assessment with a physiotherapist who specialises in Women’s Health.
Unlike other pregnancy and postnatal assessments, these appointments screen for bladder, bowel and musculoskeletal issues, and assess that you are correctly activating your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. This enables the class to be adjusted to suit your personal core muscle capabilities and ensures that you aren’t doing anything that could cause or worsen common pregnancy, postnatal and women’s health related issues such as incontinence, prolapse and abdominal muscle separation.
If you are pregnant:
You have the option to do your assessment as either:
- Part of a small group workshop in PregEd which also includes 2 hours of education (please note that if this screening assessment finds any specific issues then you will be encouraged to follow up with an individual physiotherapy session)
- A one-on-one individual assessment (30-60 minutes) with a physiotherapist who can assess your pelvic floor muscles
If you are postnatal or attending a Woman class:
You will need to do your assessment as one-on-one individual assessment (30-60 minutes) with a physiotherapist who can assess your pelvic floor muscles.
Individual Initial Assessments
For individual assessments, you are welcome to see any physiotherapist who can assess your pelvic floor muscles with either a vaginal examination (if you are experiencing symptoms) or a real time ultrasound assessment, however below you will find a list of physiotherapists around Perth and Mandurah that are recommended by FitRight. You will be able to see which are the physiotherapists who have post graduate training in this area and are able to perform vaginal examinations.
You will need to organise this appointment by contacting the clinic that is convenient for you and asking to be booked in for a ‘FitRight Assessment’. Please specify that you would like a physiotherapist who specialises in Women’s Health. Attend with a comfortably full bladder in case an ultrasound assessment is required.
Please note that this appointment is rebatable on private health insurance (code 500 for Initial Physiotherapy) and that the payment and bookings are completely separate to FitRight. Appointment costs will vary between practices and Physiotherapists.
If you see one of the recommended Physiotherapists your assessment results will be sent directly to FitRight (please keep in mind this can take a few days). If your Physiotherapist is not on this list, or if they are in the public health sector, please contact us so that we can ensure that the assessment will be adequate. We will likely need you to contact the Physiotherapist (for privacy reasons) and and ask them to complete an assessment form or send a copy of your clinical notes.
For further information please read our blog post about initial assessments to learn about:
- Why this assessment is different to any appointments you will have with doctors and nurses during and after your pregnancy.
- What the difference is between a non-invasive real time ultrasound assessment, and a vaginal examination of the pelvic floor muscles, and when we would recommend the latter.
Physiotherapists with extra training in Women’s Health
See these physiotherapists if you have any bladder, bowel or sexual pain issues, or if you aim to return to high level exercise.
LifeCare Riseley Physiotherapy
Aubin Grove Physiotherapy
Rockingham Women’s Health Centre
Perth Pregnancy Centre
Julie Lynch, Katie Greenfield
0435 259 254
Lifecare Cockburn ARC
Back in Motion Physio
Silas St Physiotherapy
Sarah Kenagy, Rebecca Dallin
Armitage Medical Centre
West Coast Health and High Performance
Peel Maternity & Family Practice
Total Concept Physio
Tamara Crook, Alison Lutz, Anna
Featherstone Physio and Pilates
Jess Vanson, Felicity Munro
0413 159 206
Taryn Watson, Rachelle Symons, Robyn Hickmott, Chelsie Doncon, Ellen Mitchell
Nicole Weir Physiotherapy
0438 559 644
South Perth Physio
Body Logic Physiotherapy Subiaco
Natalie Bull, Judith Thompson, Sophie Dunnet, Georgia Sudlow, Sarah Kenagy
Cheryl, Lauren, Lucy, Taryn
Life Ready Yokine
Physiotherapists who can perform screening assessments only
Only book with these physiotherapists if you aren’t having any pelvic floor related issues.
0477 140 196
0433 723 375
Eric Street Physiotherapy
Live Well Physio Currambine
Ella, Claire, Ellen
North Perth Physiotherapy
Emily Hunter, Bella McLernon