Women's Health

The Women’s Health Division (WHD) has almost 500 members from across Canada and internationally. The Women's Health Division unites Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) members who are interested in any and all aspects of women’s health. Our aim is to acquire and make available information and educational materials, and to encourage and develop the publication of research in the field. 

Women's Health News

  • Save the Date - FREE Upcoming Webinar: Physiotherapy for Diastasis Recti, Wednesday March 28th at 7:30pm EST. More information here
  • The WHD is recruiting a new Public Relations Chair, for a two-year term beginning June 1, 2018! The role of the PR Chair includes attending monthly teleconferences with other members of the WHD executive committee, managing the WHD Facebook & Twitter accounts, and publicizing women's health news and events. Please email Juliet at whdsecretary@gmail.com for more information or to express your interest in this position.
  • Read the latest IOPTWH Newsletter
  • Read C-Section Massage: A Beginner's Guide on the Clinical Resources page 
  • Check out the latest Women's Health opportunities on the CPA's Career Centre ! Simply filter "Women's Health" to find your next opportunity.
  • Read the WHD's 2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan
  • The WHD is pleased to welcome new executive committee members Katerina Miller (Newsletter Chair) and Kiera McDuff (Student Representative), and to announce that Nicole Hills, Samantha Doralp & Juliet Sarjeant have accepted ongoing terms with our executive committee, in the roles of Research Chair, Education Chair and Chair-Elect respectively. Congratulations to you all on your appointments - we look forward to working with you
  • Read the June edition of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women's Health (IOPTWH) newsletter right here!
  • Register now for the International Pelvic Pain Society and 3rd World Congress on Abdomino-Pelvic Conference, Washington, DC, October 11-15, 2017
  • The April edition of the WCPT e-Update has been sent out, sign-up to receive the newsletter via email here!
  • 9 Things I Learned From a Recent Flare-Up, by Katherine Housh
  • Radiation therapy is commonly used to treat pelvic cancers and pelvic floor dysfunctions commonly arise following radiation therapy. What is the impact of radiation on the pelvic floor’s structure and function?
  • A study from the The National Center for Biotechnology Information has found that physiotherapy may help patients control lymphedema after breast cancer surgery: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4348127/  
  • Check out this recent newsletter from the Sex & Gender Women's Health Collaborative
  • Dr. Lynn Stothers, a urologist in the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia, has a grant to study the use of optical technology in monitoring pelvic floor muscle exercise in the neurogenic population.  The project would be suitable for someone with a background in physical therapy with an interest in the bladder/incontinence/neurogenic disease. This was initially intended for a student starting a Masters program, but might also be appropriate for someone already enrolled in a Master’s program.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Stothers (see below).  If you know of someone who might be interested, please pass this along. (submitted by: Dr. Lynn Stothers, PI at ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discovery), Dept. Urologic Sciences UBC, Lynns@mail.ubc.ca)

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