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This webinar will explore men’s health in relation to continence and the pelvic floor. Our panel of health professionals and a consumer with personal experience will explore why the pelvic floor and pelvic floor muscle exercises are so important for men throughout the lifespan, how exercise and prostate surgery impact the pelvic floor, how the pelvic floor affects sexual function, and how exercise can impact the pelvic floor.
About your presenters
ALAN WHITE: Moderator/MC
Alan is currently the group leader for the Bayside-Kingston Prostate Support Group (9 years). He is a prostate cancer survivor, having had his prostate surgically (robotics) removed in February 2011, following ten years of active surveillance.
Alan has since authored a book on his, and his wife’s experience, around this event called “We’ve Lost My Prostate Mate…But life goes on”.
For the last 9 years, Alan has been the project consumer advocate-associate investigator, with the Active Surveillance Psycho-Oncology Study Group at Peter MacCallum project called- Navigate – An On-Line Decision Aid for men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer. It is an Australia wide, Randomised Control Trail, and recruiting has been extended till April 2021, due to the COVID-19 impact on recruitment.
He has been involved for the last 20 years with the Dep: Veterans’ Affairs, as a volunteer, men’s peer health educator.
Alan has also delivered presentations on the Navigate trial, to different organisations around Victoria and at the National Men’s Health Gathering in Sydney.
Dr JO MILIOS: MEN’S HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Dr Jo Milios is a Clinical Researcher and Men’s Health Physiotherapist who has a special interest in Prostate Cancer (PCa) and recently completed PhD studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA). In her thesis, ‘Therapeutic interventions for patients with prostate cancer: A focus on urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease’, quality of life impacts were investigated. Two randomised controlled trials were conducted, aimed at reducing the impact of urinary incontinence (UI) and erectile dysfunction (ED). The first investigated pelvic floor muscle (PFM) training in men, and the second therapeutic ultrasound to treat Peyronie’s disease following treatment for PCa.
Jo has presented her research findings at many international conferences including the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) 2015-19, Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conferences (APCC) 2014-18, Australian (APA) & American Physiotherapy Association’s (APTA) 2019, 2020 (APTA) and locally at Men’s Sheds, PCFA support groups, Woodside Petroleum and ANZUS. Recent publications include ANZ Continence Journal (2018, 2019) , BMC Urology (2019), Rehabilitation Therapy (2020) and Sexual Medicine (2020). Currently, Jo is investigating impacts from radiation therapy with colleagues at UWA where the role of pelvic floor muscle training is a new research focus.
A love of teaching has enabled Jo to lecture at Charles Sturt and Curtin Universities in Australia and internationally since 2015. During COVID19, the opportunity to provide online courses internationally, for Medbridge, USA and most recently with A/Prof Craig Allingham, “Managing the Martians’ have been career highlights.
Finally in 2012 established, ‘PROST! Exercise 4 Prostate Cancer Inc.’ a not-for profit organisation, which provides an exercise and peer support program for ANY man diagnosed with PCa. In June 2020 Jo won the ‘’Western Australia of 2020” for her work in Men’s Health from the Australian Men’s Health Forum and now delivers a weekly Men’s Health podcast, called ‘The Penis Project’. See www.thepenisproject.org for more info. PROST!
DENIS GREEN: Consumer
Denis Green qualified and practised as a lawyer for a short time before spending the rest of his working life in charitable humanitarian work with an overseas focus. This work included a combined total of 20 years living and working overseas in Indonesia, the USA, Thailand and the Philippines, as well as numerous short working visits to more than 40 countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa and South and Central America. For 15 years prior to retirement in 2015, he held senior leadership roles with large international relief and development organisations.
Denis was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 at age 69. He wasn't surprised, as his father and younger brother had also been diagnosed with this cancer. A successful radical prostatectomy in early 2018 has resulted in Denis being cancer-free for the following 3 years.
Denis now enjoys leading the South Eastern Prostate Cancer Support Group in Melbourne as well as volunteering in a couple of other community organisations. In 2020, Denis was one of the consumer presenters at the Victorian Prostate Cancer Tumour Summit.
SHARON STEPHENS: Nurse Practitioner
Sharon has 18 years Urology nursing experience both in Australia and in the UK.
She arrived in Perth in 2006 with her husband and 3 children after answering a tiny advertisement in their local paper in Scotland.
From 2010 until earlier this year she was employed as Clinical Nurse Consultant for Urology and continence in a large private hospital in Perth. The majority of her work was centred around men with Prostate cancer undergoing surgical treatment, providing pre-operative education, counselling and continence advice. She was also required to perform continence assessments on a variety of patients which included prescribing of continence aids and enrolment on government subsidy schemes.
She is now employed in a public hospital as Nurse Practitioner in the Urogynaecology Outpatient Clinic, this clinic performs urodynamics, urine flow readings and assessment of women with continence issues.