NETWORK’S WOMEN’S HEALTH COURSES

About the Women’s Health Specialisation

Australian Fitness Network offers Fitness Australia-approved Women’s Health continuing education courses that will ensure you gain the knowledge and skills to safely prescribe exercise for pre and post-natal clients and gain an in-depth understanding of programming for women through the different stages of a woman’s lifespan.

These dynamic courses have been developed by a team of pregnancy, post-natal and pelvic floor fitness experts, including physiotherapists and fitness professionals who specialise in women’s health.

pre and post natal
Dianne Edmonds
Meet Network’s Women’s Health Ambassador and Course Creator

DIANNE EDMONDS

Dianne Edmonds is a Physiotherapist from Western Australia, with a special interest in women's health and the pelvic floor. For the past 15 years Dianne has donated her time to help address women's health, continence and pelvic floor issues across Australia. In 2001, Dianne volunteered as the Chairperson of Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapy Australia (CWHPA), a position she maintained for six years. During this time she also became involved with the Continence Foundation of Australia, and from 2008 to 2011 – on behalf of CWHPA – Dianne was the representative for the International Order of Physical Therapy in Women's Health. Through her role in the Continence Foundation of Australia, Dianne was involved in the initial development of the Pelvic Floor First campaign, and in 2010 she took over a position as the campaign’s Project Manager until the completion of the project in July 2011. Since then she has been a PFF campaign Ambassador.Dianne was a member of the expert reference group involved in the development of Fitness Australia's Pre & Post-Natal Exercise Guidelines published in September 2013.

Dianne currently works as a Physiotherapist at Peel Maternity and Family Practice in Mandurah, Western Australia, and she is also the Director and Founder of her own website, The Pregnancy Centre, which provides links to Pelvic Floor First resources, in order to promote safer choices for pregnancy and post-natal fitness programs. Dianne has also developed an online series for fitness professionals, which addresses Pregnancy and Postnatal Core Conditioning using the Pelvic Floor First principles.

Women's Health Course Details

PRE AND POST NATAL

Exercise for Pregnancy and Post Natal - Preggi Bellies

This course explores:

  • Physical body changes during pregnancy and how these changes affect the ability to exercise
  • Each trimester during pregnancy
  • Benefits of exercise during pregnancy and postnatal for mother and baby
  • Essential modifications for the pregnant client based on physiology
  • Guidelines for exercise during pregnancy and returning to exercise postnatal
  • Common complaints during pregnancy ie. Pelvic Girdle and Low back pain
  • Core stability and Pelvic Floor (Rectus Diastasis, prolapse and incontinence)
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Contraindications to exercise

15 CECs

Ante Natal Core Training

This course explores:

  • Postural changes during pregnancy and the wall posture check method
  • Exercises for Pregnancy Back Care
  • Teaching pregnancy abdominal bracing during different stages of pregnancy
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises during pregnancy
  • Identifying risk factors for the pelvic floor and how to modify exercises to protect the pelvic floor during pregnancy
  • The effect of birth on the pelvic floor
  • Measuring and recording of abdominal and pelvic floor muscle fitness changes during pregnancy
  • Measuring and recording Rectus abdominus diastasis changes during pregnancy
  • Modifying exercises to protect the pelvic floor during pregnancy
  • Screening, identifying risk factors and when to refer a client to a continence and women’s health physiotherapist

5 CECs

Trimester: Training for Labour

This course explores:

  • Strategies for preparing clients for labour and birth in the fitness setting
  • Aerobic conditioning tools for mental preparation for labour
  • Overview of the three stages of Labour
  • Strength training strategies that can be used in the third trimester to prepare for labour
  • Stretches which enable specific preparation for labour and birth positions
  • Ways to prepare the pelvic floor for birth and postnatal recovery
  • Using training intensity changes for labour training
  • Modifying resistance exercises to protect the pelvic floor during pregnancy
  • Teaching clients relaxation and breathing awareness strategies to use in labour
  • Application of relaxation principles to using in the postnatal period to assist the adjustment from pregnancy to motherhood
  • Preparing and equipping clients with a postnatal recovery plan
  • Referring clients for postnatal physiotherapy or medical follow up when required

2 CECs

Early Post Natal Programming

This course explores:

  • Postnatal posture assessment
  • Early programming to improve posture
  • Postural strengthening and awareness exercises
  • Postnatal rectus abdominus diastasis assessment
  • Assessment of the postnatal core
  • Postnatal pelvic floor instruction
  • Teaching postnatal abdominal bracing and technique correction
  • Building levels of postnatal abdominal exercises
  • Postnatal fitness checks
  • Assessing postnatal abdominal muscle control
  • Integrating pelvic floor protection with progression of postnatal exercise
  • Referring postnatal clients for physiotherapy follow up

4 CECs

Advanced Post Natal Programming

This course explores:

  • Increasing core recruitment as postnatal clients progress with their training
  • Testing using an abdominal stabiliser
  • Increasing core recruitment with functional retraining
  • Functional pelvic floor testing in relation to exercise prescription
  • Urinary incontinence and exercise
  • Returning to sport and fitness for postnatal clients
  • Exercise levels and progressions for returning to running postnatally
  • Balancing and building abdominal load with control – the athletic core
  • Retraining and building resistance
  • Other resources for instructors working with postnatal clients

3 CECs

Pilates & Pregnancy

This course explores:

  • Revision of the Pilates principles
  • Application of the Pilates principles to the pregnant exerciser
  • Prescription of Pilates based exercises for the fit and well pregnant woman
  • Changes that occur during the childbearing year
  • Application of this knowledge to safely program pilates for the pregnant client or provide modifications to suit your pregnant class participant
  • Prescription of Pilates based exercises for the postnatal woman

5 CECs

WOMEN’S NUTRITION

A guide to PCOS: What every fitness professional needs to know

This course explores:

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Link with insulin resistance and its implications
  • Health risks including diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Management – lifestyle and medical
  • Australian PCOS Evidence Based Guidelines
  • Role of diet and current dietary recommendations
  • Role of exercise and current exercise recommendations

5 CECs

Cracking the female fat loss code

Network Video streaming – Nardia Norman

This course explores:

  • Awareness of the more holistic approaches to address with working with female clients
  • How achieving fat loss is beyond calories in vs calories out in order to keep our clients healthy
  • Factors affecting fat loss for females
  • Hormones and the role they play in someone’s ability or inability to achieve fat loss
  • How to train with a woman’s cycle and using this to achieve her strength and fat loss goals

There are no CEC’s for this video.

The Ultimate guide to hormones and fat loss

Network Video streaming – Kate Marsh

This course explores:

  • The extent of the obesity problem in Australia
  • How to assess overweight and obesity
  • Factors affecting regulation of body weight
  • The role of hormones in the body, where they are produced and the role they play in fat loss
  • The main hormones affecting appetite and energy balance
  • Weight management set point theory
  • The 'famine response’ and its role in weight loss
  • The lifestyle changes that can impact hormones to assist with weight control (including diet, physical activity, sleep and stress management)
  • Insulin resistance and its relationship with weight management and metabolic health

There are no CEC’s for this video.


PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH

CFA: Part 1 Positive Practice for the pelvic floor

This course explores:

  • Common pelvic floor definitions and concepts
  • The role of the pelvic floor muscles in the ‘core’
  • The effect of exercise on the pelvic floor
  • Function and dysfunction of the pelvic floor

5 CECs

CFA: Part 2 Proactive programming for the pelvic floor

This course explores:

  • Methods for including pelvic floor education in exercise sessions
  • Important lifestyle issues and their pelvic floor implications
  • How to screen for pelvic floor muscle ‘flags’
  • Function and dysfunction of the pelvic floor

4 CECs

enrolment

Pre and Post Natal courses Network members Non-members Enrolment
Exercise for Pregnancy and Post Natal - Preggi Bellies $379 $479 Enrol Now!
Ante Natal Core Training $109 $139 Enrol Now!
3rd Trimester: Training for Labour $69 $99 Enrol Now!
Early Post Natal Programming $89 $119 Enrol Now!
Advanced Post Natal Programming $79 $109 Enrol Now!
Pilates & Pregnancy $260 $379 Enrol Now!
Women's Nutrition course Network members Non-members Enrolment
A guide to PCOS: What every fitness professional needs to know $109 $139 Enrol Now!
Cracking the female fat loss code $39 $49 Enrol Now!
The Ultimate guide to hormones and fat loss $39 $49 Coming Soon!
Pelvic Floor Health courses Network members Non-members Enrolment
CFA: Part 1 Positive Practice for the pelvic floor $109 $139 Enrol Now!
CFA: Part 2 Proactive programming for the pelvic floor $89 $119 Enrol Now!

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