Edwina Chan


Edwina and her two boys

My Story

I am a physiotherapist specialising in pelvic health and musculoskeletal problems, having worked as a physiotherapist since 2000.

My interests in musculoskeletal conditions include the treatment of low back and pelvic pain, pregnancy related and postnatal musculoskeletal problems, and exercise prescription.

My journey in pelvic health physiotherapy began after having my first child in 2008. Since then I have become passionate about all areas of pelvic health physiotherapy, including helping women in all stages of life, such as those with issues post menopause, after having had cancer, women with pelvic pain, pregnant women and postpartum women.

I am passionate about educating health care professionals about pelvic health physiotherapy and have given many talks to doctors, midwives and antenatal educators talking about pelvic floor issues. I also currently present and tutor pelvic health physiotherapists through the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and am a supervisor for postgraduate Curtin University physiotherapy students.

I am a committee member of the APA Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health group as I believe in advocacy for the profession.

My personal interests include running and hiking, playing soccer, doing yoga and returning people to their optimal health!

What Makes Me Different

I have two post graduate Master qualifications both in Pelvic Health and Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, as I appreciate and understand the benefit of competency based training and critical thinking to help my clinical reasoning skills. Working for many years as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist as well as a pelvic health physiotherapist enables me to understand pelvic health issues from a unique perspective, looking at more than just the pelvis.

I work directly with Associate Professor Emmanuel Karantanis and Dr. Kate Kavanagh-Patel which means I can consult with them directly and give a multidisciplinary holistic approach to your care. I also work as the Senior Women’s Health Physiotherapist at the Pelvic Floor Unit at St George Hospital which means I understand the value of coordinated and multidisciplinary care. I have run antenatal classes at St George and Sutherland Hospital since 2014.

In 2018 I was fortunate enough to train under Professor Peter O’Sullivan in Cognitive Functional Therapy for over 80 hours and was involved in the RESTORE back pain trial as a treating physiotherapist. I use these skills to help people with chronic pain in many different areas of the body. This has also taught me to broaden my perspective and see all aspects of you, which will help me tailor treatment to your unique circumstances to help return you to your optimum health.

My Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) with Distinction at Sydney University (2000)
  • Master of Manual Therapy at University of Western Australia (2008)
  • Master of Clinical Physiotherapy with Distinction (Major in Continence and Pelvic Health) at Curtin University (2023)
  • WHTA Advanced courses (Stress incontinence, Prolapse and Pessary fitting, Overactive Bladder, Pelvic Pain, Bowel, Exercise and Sport)

APA Awarded Titles