Physiotherapy treats disease, injury or disorders using physical methods such as exercise and joint manipulation.

Physiotherapists are a key member of your health care team and play an important role in helping you regain movement and function so you can better manage day-to-day activities.

We take a whole-of-person approach to your health care, which includes developing individual health care plans. This brings together a team of health professionals to help you recover and reach your goals.

Our physiotherapists consider your physical and emotional needs when planning your care and involve you in setting rehabilitation goals.

We provide ongoing education and support for your effective recovery.

Hydrotherapy may be offered to you as part of your rehabilitation care plan, to help you on your way to recovery. You may need medical approval from your doctor to access hydrotherapy services.

Physiotherapy as part of your rehabilitation

Your physiotherapist works with you to help you move more freely and reduce pain.

This may include:

  • individual and group exercise and education programs
  • joint and soft tissue manipulation and mobilisation
  • helping you use any walking aids correctly, such as a walking stick, crutches or a wheelchair
  • helping you use your muscles correctly to improve control
  • hydrotherapy classes to ease any pressure on your joints and muscles. 

Pelvic health physiotherapy clinic

St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital has introduced a public outpatient continence pelvic health physiotherapy clinic.

What is continence and pelvic health physiotherapy?

Our physiotherapists are specifically trained in continence and pelvic health physiotherapy.

They are able to assess and treat bladder and bowel issues, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, osteoporosis, pre and post gynaecological and prostatectomy surgery.

Who is the service relevant for?

This clinic is available for men and women aged over 65 years and above living in the East Metropolitan area.

People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are affected by an age related disease or process are also welcome, regardless of age.

How to I access a referral?

This service is available as a public outpatient service. For a referral, please speak with your GP.