Anatomy Up Close: The Pelvis

Clinical anatomy wet-lab

Presented By

Prof Thierry Vancaillie

Gynaecologist and Pain Specialist

Elizabeth Howard

Advanced Pain Management Osteopath

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Get up close with the pelvic anatomy you treat every day to deepen your understanding of pelvic pain presentations.

If it’s been a while since you had the privilege of returning to the anatomy laboratory to learn, then you’ll love this event!

Pelvic pain and organ dysfunction is a common presentation - with 1 in 5 women and 1 in 12 men suffering at some time in their life. This sensitive area of practice requires a sound understanding of functional pelvic anatomy, embryology and how this translates to common symptomatology, and individualised treatment.

Examine pelvic anatomy specemins at Anatomy Up Close

This clinical anatomy course - hosted at the University of Melbourne Cadaver Wet Lab - utilises real cases seen by the interdisciplinary team at the Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia in Sydney to review the clinical anatomy of pre-dissected pelvic cadavers under the guidance of gynaecological surgeon and pain medicine physician Prof Thierry Vancaillie and advanced pain management osteopath Liz Howard.

These cases will highlight the importance of understanding the complex interrelationship of the pelvic anatomy structures and how this helps us understand patient symptoms.

The day will conclude with a tour of Melbourne Uni’s private Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology - one of Australia's largest collections of human tissue specimens, comparative anatomy specimens and historical anatomical models.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop you will be able to;

  • Better visualise the anatomical structures of pelvic anatomy
  • Describe the key features of embryological development of the pelvis and perineum
  • Identify the key anatomical structures on cadaver specimens relevant to common pelvic and perineal pain presentations including
    • Musculoskeletal tissues of the pelvic girdle (SIJ, PS, Coccyx)
    • Pelvic floor muscles and the interrelationship to the hip
    • Lumbosacral plexus, pelvic and perineal nerve pathways
    • Pelvic organ relationships and connections to musculoskeletal structures
  • List the key clinical signs and symptoms of the common clinical presentations of the pelvis and perineum such as
    • Pelvic girdle pain
    • Coccydynia
    • Pelvic floor myalgia
    • Piriformis syndrome
    • Pelvic nerve pain including pudendal, obturator
  • Describe the key clinical features of the above conditions and when further diagnostic testing is indicated (eg. when an internal / gynaecological examination is required)

Pelvic Anatomy Course Details

This course is applicable to all medical practitioners and allied health with an interest in pelvic anatomy. It would serve as an excellent addition to Pain & Pregnancy, The Pelvic Pain Puzzle and The Endo Enigma courses.

The course will also feature exclusive access to pelvic anatomy, embryology, physiology pre-learning videos (to maximise time in the lab).

The course will run from 8:45AM to 4:30PM. Places are limited to 24 attendees. It includes morning and afternoon tea and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 8 hours CPD.

About the Presenters

Professor Thierry Vancaillie is one of Australia’s few accredited Gynaecologist and Pain Medicine Physicians, renowned for his role in developing minimally invasive procedures, including hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. His expertise includes pudendal neuralgia, pelvic pain, post-surgical pain due to mesh implants and the surgical treatment of infertility due to Asherman's Syndrome.

Liz Howard has 25 years experience as an osteopath. She holds the title of Advanced Pain Management Osteopath with a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Mgt) (USYD),  she conducts clinical research and is a clinical specialist in sacral neuromodulation. She has more than 17 years’ experience teaching at multiple Australian universities and as a CPD provider. Liz has been working in collaboration with Prof Vancaillie the team at WHRIA for over 10 years, providing osteopathic manual therapy, pain education, exercise and home care advice to help guide patients on their path to recovery, as a part of a whole team approach.

The Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia (WHRIA) is a tertiary specialist clinic for pelvic and perineal pain, general gynaecology and hormone issues, with referrals for women and men from all over Australia.

Videos from the presenters

Presentation from Prof. Thierry Vancaillie (Gynaecologist) and Liz Howard (Osteopath) about their experience treating patients with vaginal mesh at WHRIA
Pelvic Pain Australia Conference - 2018


Watch the pre-learning embryology and anatomy video from Prof. Vancaillie.

Attendee Testamonials

Prof is personable, approachable and shares his knowledge with ease. The course content is set at the right level (not too difficult/easy). Liz is a legend - fun, sincere, knowledgeable and keeps bringing examples back to osteo.

Ashar Salia

Hands-on inspection of the dissected anatomy was a great opportunity for a deeper understanding. The expertise of the presenters was very evident and they were excellent at sharing their knowledge.

Robert Gorman, PhD

Was great to review the anatomy of the pelvis then look at the wet specimens in the lab to visualise the diversity between specimens. The Melb Uni anatomy museum was amazing to have access to. Loved Thierry's individual approach to his patients and how holistic his thinking is encompassing a multi-disciplinary approach. Was great to discuss specific case studies to see the variety of presentations and different treatment approaches.

Natasha Rizzi

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