Helen qualified as a physiotherapist in England in 1996. She specialised in oncology and lymphoedema in 1998 before moving to Australia in 2004.
Helen was unit manager and lead clinician at the Monash Health Lymphoedema and Breast Cancer Physiotherapy Unit for 11 years. At Monash Health Helen worked at Advanced Practice level undertaking clinical duties that were previously provided by medical staff.
With lymphoedema training at Masters level and a holder of a Diploma of Orthopaedic Medicine, Helen combines her musculoskeletal skills and oncology and lymphoedema training to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment with the best possible outcomes for her patients. Helen also holds a Counselling certificate and incorporates counselling skills and motivational techniques where appropriate.
Helen has undertaken numerous Breast Cancer physiotherapy courses,soft tissue / fascial release courses and manual lymphatic drainage massage training in the Vodder and Foldi and fluoroscopy guided fill and flush methods.
Helen is passionate about providing evidence based practice for clients, keeping updated with the latest research in lymphoedema and lipoedema through regular attendance at international conferences.
Her current research interests are formulating best practice for therapy pre and post liposuction for lymphoedema and lipoedema, and examining the effect of diet and nutrition on the lymphatic system.
Helen is an active member of the ALA is past chair of The NLPR and past vice president of LPEGV. She has worked on Department of Health projects to improve treatment for lymphoedema patients in Victoria.
Helen has presented internationally on various oncology physiotherapy and lymphoedema subjects at the 22nd International Congress of Lymphology 2009, 2010 British Lymphology Society Conference, and the 2010 and 2014 Australasian Lymphology Association Conferences. She is an invited speaker at the 2018 lipoedema Australia conference.
She is a regular speaker at the Australian Physiotherapy Association and BreaCan regarding physiotherapy and lymphoedema management. She teaches and examines on the LES courses.