Physiotherapy is an allied health service that provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients of King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH).

Our physiotherapists have specialised skills and knowledge in women’s health and neonatal physiotherapy enabling them to provide expert care to preterm and term babies, ante and postnatal women and older women. 

Physiotherapy treatment focuses on maintaining and restoring normal function, minimising pain and dysfunction and improving quality of life. Treatment techniques may include the use of manual therapy, education, movement re-education, exercise prescription and electro physical equipment.

Our physiotherapists provide assessment and treatment of:

  • musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy and after childbirth
  • pelvic floor dysfunction including incontinence and prolapse
  • bowel dysfunction such as obstructed defecation and incontinence
  • sexual dysfunction including dyspareunia, vulval pain, vaginal stenosis
  • persistent pelvic pain
  • vulval conditions including vulvodynia
  • neurodevelopmental needs of preterm infants and newborn conditions such as positional talipes, torticollis, plagiocephaly and brachial plexus injury
  • complications associated with treatment for women’s cancers including lymphoedema, bladder/bowel dysfunction, vaginal stenosis and medically or surgically induced menopausal symptoms.
Inpatient Referral Guidelines

Assessment, treatment and consultation is available for all women's health and paediatric inpatients at KEMH.

Women’s health referrals

  • Referrals are accepted from consultants, registrars and residents.
  • Nursing staff may refer patients either verbally or by putting patient information in the Physiotherapy Referral Book located on each ward.
  • Other Allied Health staff may also refer.

Paediatric referrals

  • Referrals are accepted from consultants, registrars and residents.
  • Nursing staff may verbally refer patients if requested to do so by the medical team. 
  • Other Allied Health staff may also refer.
Outpatient Referral Guidelines

Paediatric outpatients

Referrals are accepted from:

  • KEMH consultants, registrars and residents
  • Neonatal Follow-Up Co-ordinator or home visiting nurse
  • Allied health professionals
  • Midwifery or nursing staff within the Mother and Baby Unit and Breastfeeding Centre
  • Parents of infants in the Neonatal Follow-Up program (until one year Corrected Age [CA]).

Outpatient physiotherapy is only available to infants in the Neonatal Follow-Up program. This service is available up to one year corrected age (CA).

Conditions not accepted include:

  • Talipes – structural talipes is managed by the Orthopaedics Department at Perth Children's Hospital (PCH). The referral should be faxed to them directly by KEMH medical staff. Positional talipes is managed by the Child Development Centre who accept referrals via the online referral system from the Child health nurse, GP or the parents.
  • Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy (OBPP) – an initial assessment will be provided by the KEMH physiotherapist and then management is transferred to the Plastics and Physiotherapy Departments at PCH.

Women’s Health Outpatients

Outpatient physiotherapy is available to women of all ages, who are attending KEMH outpatient clinics for antenatal care or for management of gynaecology, oncology, sexual health or urogynaecology problems. Appointments are allocated in order of urgency and availability of staff.

  • Self-referrals will be accepted from antenatal women who are giving birth at KEMH and postnatal women for up to six months after giving birth at KEMH. 
  • Referrals are accepted for women who are attending an outpatient clinic at KEMH. These referrals may be from a medical officer, nursing or allied health staff. Outpatient clinic referrals should be written on a Consultation Request form and forwarded to the Physiotherapy Department.