Physiotherapy | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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Many people experience a number of physical difficulties, such as problems with strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination due to cancer or treatment for cancer. Physiotherapists work with people to optimise their function and mobility, and promote independence and quality of life.

Our physiotherapists can help you by:

  • Providing walking aids to allow for more independent mobility
  • Prescribing strengthening, balance and stretching exercises
  • Early mobilisation and prevention of complications after surgery
  • Education on falls prevention
  • Providing exercises and strategies to promote optimal respiratory function

Meet the team

B. App. Sc. (Physio), M. App. Sc. (Cardio Pulm Physio), Post. Grad. Cert. (Continence & PF Rehab), ALA accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner
Member: ALA, APA

 

Wendy Holmes worked for many years in the public hospital system after graduating as a physiotherapist in 1986.  She has gained a wealth of experience in treating patients with a wide range of conditions.  In 1996 she completed a Masters of Applied Science degree in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy.  While working in respiratory medicine and intensive care medicine she developed an interest in continence issues, especially in relation to chronic cough.   After working in Maternity wards at two private hospitals she decided to expand her interests to all aspects of men’s and women’s health and undertook post-graduate training at the University of Melbourne in continence and pelvic floor rehabilitation.  Wendy has a keen interest in post-prostatectomy incontinence and pelvic floor issues associated with pelvic radiation treatment.   The impacts of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy on bladder, bowel and sexual function are often difficult to talk about.  Wendy believes strongly that patients should not suffer in silence.  She aims to support her patients with compassion, education and practical advice to reduce symptoms and promote quality of life.

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Andrew To is a physiotherapist working in Chris O’Brien Lifehouse’s LivingRoom. He trained at the University of Sydney, before working in a number of aged care facilities and private hospitals.

Andrew provides patient education, advice on self-management strategies, and manual therapies, including joint mobilisation, dry needling, taping and trigger point release, to help patients during treatment and in their everyday activities. The treatments are designed to provide relief from pain and to help patients regain function.

Andrew came to work at Christ O’Brien Lifehouse after working with oncology patients in other settings and seeing the impact physiotherapy could have on their quality of life. He is particularly interested in the positive impact physiotherapy can have on managing pain and aiding recovery.

To make an appointment and to find out the full range of our fees, please call 02 8514 0038 or email livingroom@lh.org.au.

We are here to help you so if you are having financial hardship please contact us. Our main priority is to care and support you, that is what we do.

Patients who are referred by their GP under a management or care plan may be entitled to claim a rebate either from Medicare or their private health insurance, depending on level of cover.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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