Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology has teamed up with two expert physiotherapists – Melissa Harris and Briony Graham. They are practitioners from The Women’s Practice and work from our rooms to provide specialist physiotherapy services to women during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Physiotherapy during pregnancy, or antenatal physiotherapy, can assist with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and lower back pain. Our physiotherapists can also provide expert advice on incontinence and pelvic floor.
If your Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology doctor believes you would benefit from some antenatal physiotherapy, you will be referred on. You are also welcome to take the initiative and book yourself an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.
Postnatal women are prone to pelvic floor issues and incontinence in later life. When you return to Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology for your six-week postnatal review with your doctor, we recommend a postnatal physiotherapy review also takes place at that time to check your pelvic floor and recovery from the delivery. Our physiotherapists also offer specialised treatment for bladder and bowel issues, pain, scarring and rectus diastasis.
Melissa Harris has 11 years of experience in physiotherapy and has spent much of this time dedicated to women’s health and improving the quality of life of the patients she treats. She has genuine empathy and real understanding, going out of her way to provide an exceptionally high level of care.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and a Post Graduate Certificate in pelvic floor and continence from the University of Melbourne. She is one of only a few APA Titled Women’s Health Physiotherapists in Queensland. She is also the only Associate Fellow in Australia completing The Australian College of Physiotherapists training program (2013-2015).
She the Principal Physiotherapist at The Women’s Practice and is currently a Visiting Lecturer (Women’s Health Course), Physiotherapy Department University of Queensland. Melissa also prides herself on keeping pace with on-going developments and research in women’s health.
Jamie Burgess graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in 2011. She also holds a Certificate III and IV in Fitness, and is a qualified Group Fitness and Pilates Instructor.
Jamie has predominantly worked in private practice with a focus on musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and as an Associate Lecturer and Clinical Educator at the University of Queensland. She has also worked as a Physiotherapist in the private hospital setting, and has had experience in Clinical Pilates Rehabilitation.
Her experience in working with antenatal and postnatal women is wide ranging. As a mother herself to a young baby, she truly understands the changes a woman’s body goes through during and after pregnancy, and how physiotherapy can help to manage those changes and any musculoskeletal pain that may be experienced. She also has an excellent professional knowledge base from which to draw as she guides women to undertake safe exercise activities while pregnant, and to safely return to exercise following the birth of their baby.
Jamie aims to help antenatal and postnatal women to achieve normal, comfortable body function and pain-free movement. She offers general support, education and advice to patients of Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology.