TasOGS is privileged to have Rachel Andrew,
APA Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist, as part of our women's health team. Many women are challenged by bowel and bladder issues, prolapse or pelvic pain at some stage during their lives – whether following surgery, injury, child birth, medical illness or as part of normal ageing.

At TasOGS we share Rachel's passion for Women's Health and the importance of a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to providing women with the high-quality healthcare they deserve.

 
 
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Rachel Andrew

APA Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist
BAppSc(Physio) Master Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence & Women’s Health)

Rachel is passionate about women accessing pelvic floor physiotherapy. She wants women to take control, seek help and be able to talk about intimate symptoms in a safe space. She now works exclusively in Women’s Health.

Working as a physiotherapist since 2003, Rachel worked mainly in neurological rehabilitation and women’s health. This has taken her across Australia, as well as living and working in Tasmania for over 10 years.

Rachel has a Masters in Women's Health and is Titled by the Australian Physiotherapy Association as a Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist

"APA Titled physiotherapists are highly qualified physiotherapists with expert knowledge and skills in their area of practice. They undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure that they achieve and maintain exceptional standards of clinical experience and knowledge. The APA Title serves as a mark of distinction."

 
 

Rachel offers evidence based physiotherapy care and expertise to women of Hobart and Tasmania, across three common areas of women's health:

 
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Pelvic and Abdominal Pain

  • Sexual Pain – pain with sex, vaginismus, vulvodynia, clitoral pain, sexual difficulty after cancer and pudendal neuralgia.
  • Endometriosis pain.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse-heaviness or dragging pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis.
  • Coccyx or tailbone pain-coccydynia.
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain-sacroiliac joint (SIJ) and Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD).
  • Bladder or bowel-pain with holding on, emptying or gassy pain; bloating.
  • General pelvic pain, but you are not sure why.

Bladder

  • Leakage-during life or during sport
  • Urgency-rushing to the toilet
  • Urge urinary incontinence-leaking on the way to the toilet
  • Stress urinary incontinence-leaking urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or lift things
  • Nocturia-getting up to urinate more than once a night
  • Frequency-going many times a day
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Over active bladder
 
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Bowel

  • Bowel urgency-having to rush to the toilet or being afraid you won’t make it
  • Incontinence-leaking from your bowel-small or large amounts
  • Chronic constipation
  • Difficulty emptying your bowel
  • Irritable bowel
  • Bloating / gas and abdominal discomfort
  • Difficulty controlling wind
  • Frequency-going many times a day