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Hester van Aswegen

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Hester van Aswegen is a physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction and has done numerous postgraduate courses to further her knowledge in this field. She has also presented at several conferences and courses on the topic of physiotherapy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction and / or incontinence.

She has been in private practice since 1990 where she developed an interest in the field of Women’s Health related conditions. From 2010 to 2017 she also worked full-time at the WITS Donald Gordon medical centre as part of the colorectal / pelvic floor unit and treated a variety of patients with pelvic floor dysfunctions – urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain – including sexual dysfunction, anorectal dysfunction, as well as pre- and postoperative colorectal and gynaecological patients. She also sees pre- and postnatal patients with diastasis recti abdominis; pelvic floor-, lower back – and symphysis pubis dysfunction. Currently she is still working there part-time and is also still attending regular meetings at the multidisciplinary unit.

She is also part of the multidisciplinary team involved with treatment of patients with sexual dysfunction together with Dr Elna Rudolph of the “my sexual health” centre.

She has been involved with the Women’s Health Physiotherapy Group ( WHPG ) since 1995 and was Chairperson between 1999 and 2009. Between 2010 and 2016 she was the WHPG representative for Gauteng province and currently she is the course coordinator for WHPG for postgraduate courses in the field of pelvic floor dysfunction. She was part of the original committee who developed the postgraduate course in pelvic floor dysfunction / women’s health that is still presented on an ongoing basis every year and she is lecturing regularly on these modules.

She was a committee member of CASA (the Continence Association) between 2000 and 2010.Currently she is the physiotherapy representative on the SAUGA board.

Hester is passionate about providing the best service possible to patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and also educating the public and medical professionals about physiotherapy services available for these conditions.