Kate Smith APAM
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Kate is a Senior Physiotherapist with a special interest in Women's and Pelvic Health, particularly in the pre and post natal period.
Since graduating from The University of Sydney in 2009, she has gained extensive experience working in both the public and private sectors in Sydney, treating a varied caseload of patients as a senior rehabilitation Physiotherapist. She lived in Hong Kong for 5 years and had two babies, sparking her interest in Women’s Health. She gained further qualifications in Clinical Pilates instruction, attended Women’s Health courses through WHTA Australia, and is currently in the process of doing her Clinical Masters in Continence and Pelvic Health at Curtin University.
She is a strong advocate for health and aims to educate and empower Women to maximise their pelvic health and achieve their goals.
Kate is a former elite athlete (netball) and brings this knowledge into her rehabilitation process. Outside of work Kate is a coffee enthusiast who loves to travel. You can usually find her on the beach chasing her two young children!
Her main areas of clinical interest are:
· Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
· Pre/Post Natal education, treatment and managment
· Abdominal separation
· Deep core retraining
· Sport specific rehabilitation
How did you get into pelvic physio?
I became really interested in Women’s Health after having my first child. I had just moved to Hong Kong and, being unable to speak Chinese, I moved from acute care Physiotherapy to private practise. I felt there was a big knowledge gap for women in terms of post natal rehab and I wanted to close it. I enrolled in my Continence and Pelvic Health Masters and I’ve been working in this space since!
What are your passions in the field?
I enjoy treating urinary incontinence as it makes such a huge difference to the day-to-day life of women. I also really like post-natal rehab and transition back to sport. Being a mum and former athlete, I feel I have a lot of empathy and experience to guide women through early motherhood and transition back to doing all the things they love.
What would you like to see change in the world of pelvic health?
Although this is improving with social media awareness, I would love for all women to be educated about pelvic floor rehab and issues that can be addressed by Pelvic Health Physios. Ideally this would start with better education for teenagers. Improved understanding and collaboration between doctors, physios, personal trainers and sporting bodies about post natal rehab timelines would also aid women in returning to sport safely. And of course…publicly funded physio after birth!
What to do you like to do in your spare time?
Run around with my kids outdoors, read a good book, enjoy a coffee in the sunshine, wine with friends, and travel the world as much as possible!