Pelvic Floor First would not be possible without the support, expertise and guidance of our ambassadors.
Read on to meet our ambassadors.
Dianne Edmonds, Physiotherapist
Dianne Edmonds is a Physiotherapist from Western Australia, with a special interest in women's health and the pelvic floor. For the past 9 years Dianne has dedicated much time, on a volunteer basis, to see the standard of women's health, continence and pelvic floor issues, be raised within Australia. Starting in 2001, Dianne volunteered her time, to become chairperson of Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapy Australia, and maintained the commitment to that position for 6 years, during which time she became involved with the Continence Foundation of Australia. Dianne also was the International Order of Physical Therapy in Women's Health representative on behalf of CWHPA from 2006 until March 2011.
In working with the Continence Foundation of Australia, she was on the initial working party for the Pelvic Floor First campaign, and then took over the position of Project Manager in January 2010. Being able to learn about and work with the Fitness industry within Australia, Dianne has immensely appreciated the incredible strengths and talents of the many dedicated professionals in this arena, and together with CWHPA representatives, has worked on behalf of the CFA to pull together 'the best' of what is currently available in the area of pelvic floor fitness for this campaign.
Dianne is also the Director and founder of her own website, The Pregnancy Centre, which developed initially in 1999, has recently been updated, and will have direct links for women before, during and after pregnancy to access the amazing Pelvic Floor First campaign website and resources.
Lisa Westlake, Physiotherapist and Fitness Leader
Lisa Westlake is a Physiotherapist and Fitness Leader and was awarded Australian Fitness Professional of the Year in 2000, the Australian Fitness Presenter in 2003 and Fitness Author of the Year in 2009. She is a highly regarded fitness instructor and a sought after national and international presenter.
Her business, "Physical Best" brings physiotherapy and fitness together to provide exercise programming and health and fitness events for all ages and abilities. She has a strong interest in helping girls and women achieve their "physical best" and has been designing and delivering pre and postnatal fitness and well being programs for 20 years.
Physical Best also produces DVDs and educational programs relevant to several areas of health and fitness. Her seminars, workshops and corporate programs are always innovative, inspiring and fun.
Lisa promotes health and fitness through her publications, regular segments on ABC Melbourne radio and Foxtel living life now TV show and her involvement in numerous community events.
Marietta Mehanni, International Group Fitness Instructor and Presenter
Marietta Mehanni is an award winning Australian presenter with over 20 years of teaching experience in both land and water based group exercise. Recently qualified for international instructor accreditations (AFAA, ACE, AEA and SCW). Marietta presents regularly at prestigious fitness conventions both in Australia and many countries around the world, on group fitness trends and programs. She is the co-founder and co-creator of Presenter's Inc, a program designed to assist those who desire to take their instructing skills to a presenter level. Marietta is the course coordinator, lecturer and examiner for Certificate III in group exercise (the national Australian qualification for fitness professionals), and presents regularly for Aquatic and Recreation Victoria in aqua exercise leadership.
Marietta has also developed a unique mentoring system based on accelerated learning that has provided the fitness industry with many highly skilled instructors and presenters.
A highly respected program coordinator for 7 various health and fitness clubs, Marietta has been featured in the Australian media for both group fitness and aqua aerobics, Marietta is considered to be an expert in instructor training and education.
Sally Thompson, Consumer Representative and Personal Trainer
Sally Thompson is a mother of two active young boys and last year lost 17kgs through exercise and diet. Armed with this personal experience, Sally has now combined her BAppSc (Health Education) degree with her personal training qualification to help other women reach their health and fitness goals.
Sally has a passion for helping women exercise to help them reach weight loss and fitness goals and to provide pelvic floor safe exercise programs for women with a weak pelvic floor/bladder - due to childbirth, family history etc. or for those recovering from any pelvic surgery and to maintain bone strength for osteoporosis prevention (and to relieve the symptoms of menopause).