Pelvic Organ Prolapse

A Biopsychosocial Approach
With Dr Angela James FACP, assisted by Karly Coltman MACP


Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition which occurs between 30 – 50% of Australian women. POP has a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life, participation in exercise, ability to effectively void and defecate, self-esteem and confidence. Expert management from a trained pelvic health physiotherapist can dramatically improve symptoms and quality of life for these women.

The ‘Pelvic Organ Prolapse: a biopsychosocial-approach’ course by SPC has a strong focus on a biopsychosocial clinical framework and competency-based training to improve your effectiveness in managing POP. The course builds your evidence-based knowledge, and your clinical assessment and management skills via a supervised POP assessment workshop. Course tutors are all post-graduate trained with advanced skills in POP management and experience in competency-based training.

The Pelvic Organ Prolapse Course is available in three formats:
Face-to-face: including live lectures and workshop to practice and receive feedback on clinical skills, competency-based checklist used to guide ongoing learning needs
Live-streamed: Join and interact with the lecture online and watch an online demonstration of comprehensive POP/PFM assessment, including TPUS, with Angela James FACP
Recorded version: Receive link to access recording of lecture and demonstration of comprehensive POP/PFM assessment, including TPUS, with Angela James FACP

Course Covers

  • Biopsychosocial, clinical and competency-based frameworks
  • Definitions and prevalence of different types of POP
  • POP phenotypes, including specific symptomatic profile
  • Evidence-based risk factors for POP
  • Advanced pelvic anatomy and relevant to POP
  • Pathophysiology of POP, including fascial defects, role of PFM, impact of vaginal birth
  • Emotional impact of POP and how to effectively screen and manage this aspect of patient care
  • Evidence-based management for POP: PFMT Lifestyle advice
  • Bladder and bowel habits
  • Brief discussion of pessaries – training of pessaries will not be included in this course
  • Patient reported outcome measures for POP – including psychosocial screening
  • Clinical assessment workshop including intimate peer examinations with supervision/feedback.
  • The following key skills will be included: Genital hiatus (gh) and perineal body (pb) measurement, Comprehensive pelvic floor muscle assessment, including levatoravulsion assessment, using most updated terminology, POP staging, modified POP-Q system and case summary
  • Demonstration of TPUS skills for POP and PFM assessment and provision of biofeedback
  • Presentation of a case study

Learning Outcomes

More effectively treat and improve the quality of life of your POP patients Further your professional development in the area of POP
Course tutors are post-graduate trained with advanced skills in POP management
Course tutors have experience in competency-based training
Learn evidence-based management for POP
Learn the definitions and prevalence of different types of POP
Discover the latest evidence-based risk factors for POP
Learn advanced pelvic anatomy relevant to POP
Be part of a clinical assessment workshop including intimate peer examinations Learn how to incorporate transperineal ultrasound (TPUS) skills into your management of POP

Who Should Do The POP Course?

Healthcare professionals who treat people with POP, and want to learn new and different approaches to POP patient care. To attend this course practitioners must have experience with vaginal examinations.

2022 & 2023 Course Feedback

Another great course. Very thankful to be involved and look fwd to attending future courses that Angela presents. She is a wealth of knowledge and very engaging. Thank you so much again.

Clear, logical presentation, warm learning environment – thank you. It will really lift my assessments moving forward!

Online learning was a great way to experience the course. The option to be included and hear the discussions within the practical component of the face-to-face attendees was beneficial.

Face to face learning was excellent! I felt the practical component was key for my learning.

The morning was absolutely fantastic – really practical, clear information and things that can be implemented into clinical practice straight away. Thanks so much.

Thank you to Angela and Jacq for coming to The Coombe to teach your POP course + practical. We learned a lot, which we will definitely incorporate into our practice moving forward. The practical was well structured, with plenty of time to practice what we had learned and reinforce the learnings from the online theory component.

On Demand

Pelvic Organ Prolapse – a Biopsychosocial Approach is available on demand. For more information, please contact our reception team: reception@sydneypelvicclinic.com.au.

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