Elizabeth Howard has over 25 years of experience as an Osteopath and has worked at the Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia for over 10 years. Her main focus is the holistic management of complex pelvic pain with the interdisciplinary team, working closely with Professor Thierry Vancaillie (Gynaecologist and Pain Medicine Specialist). In 2020 she was one of only 5 practitioners to be awarded the title of Advanced Pain Management Osteopath by Osteopathy Australia.
Her roles include Osteopathic care, pain education, clinical specialist in sacral neuromodulation and facilitating group education for pelvic pain. Liz was intimately involved helping manage the women suffering from pelvic pain after mesh surgery for prolapse or incontinence at WHRIA and the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick.
Liz has been involved in clinical research at WHRIA and in conjunction with the Royal Hospital for Women since joining WHRIA. In addition to numerous poster presentations, her work in major journals includes:
Topical treatment of vulvodynia, dyspareunia and pudendal neuralgia: A single clinic audit of amitriptyline and oestriol in organogel. Ruoss, C., Howard, E., Chan, K., Stevenson, P., Vancaillie, T. (2021). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Asherman syndrome: Audit of a single‐operator cohort of 423 cases. Vancaillie, T., Chan, K., Liu, J., Deans, R., & Howard, E. (2020). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Pain after vaginal prolapse repair surgery with mesh is a post‐surgical neuropathy which needs to be treated–and can possibly be prevented in some cases. Vancaillie, T., Tan, Y., Chow, J., Kite, L., & Howard, L. (2018). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Sacral neuromodulation for pelvic pain and pelvic organ dysfunction: A case series. Vancaillie, T., Kite, L., Howard, E., & Chow, J. (2018). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 58(1), 102-107.
Her teaching experience ranges from lectures and technique in Undergraduate and Master’s Osteopathic programs (University of Western Sydney, Southern Cross University), clinical supervision of Osteopathic students (UWS, SCU, SportsMed Mumbai), Osteopathy Australia National Conference presentation, Pelvic Floor Seminars, GP education evenings, allied health events and online CPD.
See Elizabeth Howard's current women's health CPD and myofascial release cpd courses here.