Dr Edwina Bassingthwaighte

Pain physiotherapist with over thirty-five years experience.

Among our most experienced health professionals, Edwina Bassingthwaighte, has spent over three decades practising and teaching as a Physiotherapist.

Having experienced chronic pain herself, Edwina brings a great amount of empathy and understanding to her patients. She's also very passionate about delivering personalised care, having experienced its value firsthand.

MY APPROACH

Every person is unique.

"My approach is to tailor each aspect of your pain management recovery program to your specific needs. Although this takes time, it ensures people get to their end goals."

My areas of expertise

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Personalised recovery programs

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Patient education

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Lifestyle & behavioural changes

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Specialised movement practices

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Graded motor imagery

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Pacing skills

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Ultrasound muscle retraining

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And more...

Experience

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35+ years physiotherapy experience

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30+ years supervising trainees

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25+ years pain physiotherapy experience

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25+ years in multidisciplinary practice

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20+ years expertise in ultrasound muscle retraining

My Story

I completed my Physiotherapy degree at the University of Queensland, which had a deep focus on both acute and chronic pain management. As my experience grew through clinical practice, I began sharing my passion for pain care by teaching others, at UQ's School of Physiotherapy.

My time teaching cemented my interest in the treatment of persistent pain. It also made me realise just how unique, how individualised, every person in pain is. There are so many personal and diagnostic variables, and the only avenue toward effective pain care, was through highly tailored programmes. With this in mind, I moved here to the west coast to complete further studies in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Perth’s great lifestyle meant that I never quite got around to returning to Brisbane.

I have worked in a variety of private practices and pain clinics here in Perth. I enjoy working with pain specialists, physiotherapists, psychologists and other professionals who embrace a team approach. I find that having ready access to so many experienced pain-focused health professionals improves our patient outcomes immensely.

My Approach

I have a great amount of empathy for people with persistent pain, having experienced chronic lower back pain myself. My firsthand experiences allowed me to see through the eyes of a patient in a way I couldn't have otherwise. It's made me even more committed to a treatment approach where the "patient is in control". I tend to place a lot of emphasis on active self-management strategies and tools that a patient can use independently, in their everyday life.

Qualifications

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy, B.Phty, 1983

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Post Graduate Diploma Manipulative Physiotherapy, 1989

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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, 1989

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Pain Physiotherapist, APA, 2019

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