As a Women’s Health Physiotherapist I understand the challenge of teaching a woman to correctly contract and relax her pelvic floor muscles (PFMs). The concern is not necessarily how strong the muscles are but how well they coordinate especially under high pressure situations. Previous studies have confirmed the difficulty in teaching the correct technique and… Continue reading Teaching pelvic floor muscle exercise is like, really tricky
The struggle of a PhD student wrestling between feasibility and robust study designs
With all this media hoopla lately on discrimination, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own situation. Upon deep self-reflection, I know for a fact that I’ve been treated differently because of who I am and how I look. So who, may you ask, am I? I would say that I am a smallish white… Continue reading We have ALL experienced racism
My heart is so heavy. My twitter feed is full of stories showcasing the type of decisions that are and will be made in the USA with the current government. Even though I’m an Australian citizen, I lived in the USA for 10 years. I completed my Physical Therapy degree there and worked an additional… Continue reading Women in the spotlight
There was so much anticipation and anxiety leading up to commencing my PhD research projects being conducted in Nepal this November. Having arrived now and completed 2 days of data collection has significantly eased my stress so now I’m feeling quite calm about the upcoming 4 weeks. Partnering with groups overseas can create an element of stress in… Continue reading Week 1 of my PhD data collection in Nepal
So, I’ve recently embarked on this crazy adventure called a PhD. In all my naivety, I really have no idea what I’m getting myself into. I guess the optimist in me just thinks it’ll all work itself out in the end. I was lucky enough to stumble across a MOOC put on by ANU and… Continue reading In the beginning….