The Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic | Albany

The Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic | Albany

A multidisciplinary approach that provides comprehensive care to patients suffering from pelvic pain.

By focusing on the specific needs of individuals with endometriosis, we hope to play a pivotal role in improving the quality of life for our patients and ultimately reducing the profound physical and emotional toll this condition can take on those affected.

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who we are

About the Program

The Australian Government is funding endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics in every state and territory in Australia as a pilot program. These clinics aim to:

Symptoms

Some people with endometriosis don’t have any symptoms. For those who do, a common symptom is pain in the lower part of the belly (pelvis). Pain may be most noticeable:
Some people also experience:
Symptoms often improve after menopause, but not always.

WHAT WE OFFER

Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic aims to provide

Pain management

Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic uses effective pain management strategies, dedicated to alleviating the distress associated with pelvic pain. Our approach combines pharmacological,

interventional, and holistic therapies tailored to your specific needs.

Personalised Treatment Plans

At Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic, we understand that each individual's experience with pelvic pain is unique, and we are committed to crafting personalised treatment plans that cater to your

specific needs. We consider the distinct factors influencing your condition and offer a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the expertise of various specialists which aligns with your personal health goals and preferences.

Comprehensive and expert care

Our team includes experienced GPs with extra training in the treatment of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain, a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and a Patient Coordinator. The team is committed to

understanding the unique aspects of your pelvic pain experience, tailoring personalised treatment plans to address your specific needs. We ensure that you receive the most effective and compassionate solutions as we recognise the profound impact of pelvic pain on your emotional well-being.

Emotional Support

Our compassionate team understands the emotional toll that pelvic pain can take, and we are committed to creating a supportive environment where you feel heard, understood, and validated.

Beyond medical interventions, we offer support and resources to help you navigate the challenges associated with pelvic pain. Whether you need someone to talk to, guidance on coping strategies, or assistance in finding additional support networks, we are here for you.
By focusing on the specific needs of individuals with endometriosis, we hope to play a pivotal role in improving the quality of life for our patients and ultimately reducing the profound physical and emotional toll this condition can take on those affected.

The Patient Pathway at Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic

You’ll begin with an intake appointment with our Patient Support Coordinator who will schedule your appointments with our Pelvic Pain Clinic GPs.

Pain Management

Strategies for Pain Management

Some of the following strategies may assist with your pain management.
Be kind. Go for gentle walks. Paracetamol, ibuprofen and a heat bag are effective tools. A mobile TENS machine is worth considering. There is little evidence for stronger pain relief.

To prevent further growth of endometriotic deposits outside the womb. This can be: the pill, minipill, contraceptive injection, contraceptive implant or IUD. Sometimes we use two of these in combination for better effect at stopping disease process.

To encourage pelvic floor relaxation after years of pain, trauma and tension. Can be coupled with a mobile TENS machine or can be taught self trigger point release (pelviwand).
Often a crossover with IBS, a dietitian can help work on trigger foods that worsen bloating and bowel movements with each period cycle.
In recognition of living with chronic pain and its effects on daily life, psychology is recommended to assist with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to retrain your mind and pain pathways.

From years of monthly pain and trauma, these nerve endings are overstimulated. They begin to fire off without painful stimuli. We call this “neuropathic pain” or “nerve pain”. These medications help calm the irritated nerve pain pathways and give the body a break.

If proven endometriosis – could consider further discussion of pelvic floor botox or zoladex (to induce temporary menopause). If not proven, can work on planning for diagnosis with a good quality ultrasound. Formal diagnosis still needs to be with keyhole surgery to see and remove the deposits.

meet our team

The Pelvic Pain Clinic Team

Dr Carly Roxburgh

MBBS, BMedSci (Hons), FRACGP DRANZCOG (Adv), DCH
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Dr Christine Oosterhuis

MBBS(Hons), FRACGP, MPH&TM, DCH, JCCA
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Dr Erica Clarke

MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP
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Katie Stan-Bishop

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
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Rianan Simpson

Patient Support Coordinator
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Questions?

Please contact us with any queries via email or by calling 9842 2822.
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