The South West Health Professionals Network welcomes health professionals from throughout the South West of Western Australia. Registration to the site allows access to extensive support resources not available to general users.
- Aboriginal health worker
- ATSI health practitioner
- Chinese medicine practitioner
- Clinical psychologist
- Community health representative
- Dental hygienist
- Dental therapist
- Diabetes educator
- Exercise physiologist
- Federal health representative
- General practitioner
- Health agency representative
- Hospital doctor
- Medical radiation practitioner
- Medical specialist
- Mental health professional
- Nurse – enrolled
- Nurse – registered
- Nurse and midwife
- Nurse practitioner
- Occupational therapist
- Podiatric surgeon
- Social worker
- Speech pathologist
- State health representative
- Student – health
- Student – medicine
- University representative
Warren-Blackwood launch of the South West Health Professionals Network
On Friday the 18 September 2020 health professionals from the towns of Manjimup, Bridgetown and surrounds were invited to attend the Warren-Blackwood launch of the South West Health Professionals Network (SWHPN) at Tall Timbers restaurant in Manjimup.
Thirty guests attended the launch to network with colleagues and learn about how the SWHPN can benefit and connect local health professionals. In attendance from the Shire of Manjimup were Shire President Hon. Cr Paul Omodei and Deputy Shire President Cr Jayde Darin, alongside representatives from Rural Health West and the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia. Canapés and local wine were enjoyed by attendees as they listened to a presentation from Vivienne Duggin, SWHPN Committee Chair, SWHPN Committee member and local GP Loryn Geyer, and SWHPN program officer Sally Mueller.
The aim of the SWHPN is to provide rural and remote health professionals in the South West with better support and greater opportunities to network, upskill, share information and collaborate in a local supportive community environment. The SWHPN will help connect health professionals across the region to enhance patient and community outcomes, encourage the retention of health professionals in the region and to increase access to education and upskilling opportunities.
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Meet Continence & Women’s Health Physiotherapist Bec Clayton
What are your professional interests/specialities?
All things pelvic floor related. I am a Physiotherapst & have completed my Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women’s Health). I specialise in pelvic floor muscle assessment & rehabilitation. I see people (men, women & children) with continence or pelvic floor concerns, including bladder incontinence (leaking wee when coughing/ sneezing/ running/ on the trampoline, leaking when when you’re so busting & don’t make it in time, bed wetting), bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain including pain with sex.
Tell us, where are you from and how did you get to be a Continence & Women’s Health Physiotherapist in the South West?
I grew up in Perth and completed my undergraduate Physiotherapy degree. After travelling through South America for 6 months in 2014, my partner & I decided that big cities weren’t for us, so we moved down to Margaret River at the end of 2014. The move down encouraged me to finally start my Masters- I had always planned on doing it but the timing worked out just right. At the time, the closest Physiotherapist who had completed post graduate training in Continence & Women’s Health was up in Bunbury. So there was a huge need for the service within Margaret River & the South West. Post graduate training is really required for pelvic health as it is such a specialist area.
I have always had a passion for the pelvic floor and raising awareness about it (I get quite nerdy when I start talking about it). Talking about wee, poo & pain with sex still seems to be so taboo & even normalised that many people don’t seek help. Pelvic floor concerns are so common but not normal & there is great evidence for pelvic floor muscle training to improve many of these concerns. The best part is that pelvic floor is a conservative approach & in many cases reduces the need for surgery.
What do you love about the South West?
The small town vibe, sense of community, slower pace and no traffic lights! But my favourite parts are the beautiful beaches, surf and trails. I love that you can go to a secluded beach or go on a walk & literally be the only person in sight.
Did you always want to be a Physiotherapist? Why?
To be honest when I finished school I had no idea what I wanted to do! I always loved sport & health, plus my best friend enrolled in Physiotherapy so decided I would give it a try too! When studying my undergraduate Physiotherapy degree I developed my passion for the pelvic floor & raising awareness about it.
What are your passions?
The pelvic floor… I think I have harped on about this enough already! I am also passionate about empowering and helping people to make informed decisions about their health.
My family and friends. I also love the outdoors, travelling & adventures. I have also really enjoyed exploring WA more this year and camping with my partner & dog.
When you aren’t working, where will we find you?
You will find me at the beach either surfing, swimming, walking or running the dog. Or otherwise running some of the local trails. I also love a cheeky winery lunch and catching up with friends for a meal or wine.