Pierce, Heather

Pierce, Heather
Country
Australia
Bio

BAppSc (Phty) BMid (Hns) PhD (Health) Heather Pierce is a registered midwife and physiotherapist with clinical, academic, teaching and research experience, and a passion to optimise the pelvic health of women through life. Heather worked 2000-2018 as a senior women’s health physiotherapist in a busy urban hospital (>5,000 births per year). Her concurrent midwifery career at the same hospital enabled her to work alongside maternity carers, while journeying first-hand with women through pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal experience. Her goal has been to educate and encourage midwives to provide evidenced based care and early physiotherapy referral for optimal birth outcomes (psychosocial and physical), including the prevention of pelvic trauma. To further engage with the nursing profession, Heather recently completed her PhD on ‘Pelvic floor health in the nursing and midwifery workforce’.  Her research findings provide new perspectives on the socio-ecological influences on pelvic floor health for women in the workforce. During her candidature, she was awarded funding from the Australian Bladder Foundation, published five peer-reviewed papers, and presented ten papers at leading national and international conferences including the Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society, the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress, and the International Commission on Occupational Health.