Dr Angela James FACP
Specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Angela James is the founder of Sydney Pelvic Clinic and is a pioneer in the treatment of patients with pelvic issues using an evidence-based, person-centred approach. Angela has 20 years’ experience in managing complex pelvic issues for both women and men and was awarded a Specialist title from the Australian College of Physiotherapy as a recognition of her clinical achievements.
Angela has an outstanding record of success with her patients, who often present with very complex issues. Angela is passionate and committed to helping her patients overcome pelvic issues and return them to optimal health, whether that is sexual function, continence or pain reduction. Angela uses a biopsychosocial approach integrating education, manual therapy, mindfulness, lifestyle factors and exercise therapy.
She is passionate about pelvic physiotherapy, and has developed a team of like-minded, highly trained professionals at Sydney Pelvic Clinic. Angela regularly runs courses locally and internationally for practitioners such as The Pregnant Pelvis, Coccyx & Perianal Pain and Pelvic Organ Prolapse. All her courses are taught with a whole-person, biopsychosocial framework. She is also a causal lecturer at University of Melbourne, running masterclasses for Pelvic Girdle Pain.
She has been actively involved in the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) and sits on the Clinical Advisory Committee. Angela was selected to represent ABTA on the SBS Insight program Birth Trauma special. She was also co-creator of Think Natal, a series of consumer education videos on evidence-based strategies to reduce risk of birth trauma.
Angela is mum to two boys and understands firsthand the changes a woman’s pelvis undergoes during pregnancy, birth and beyond. In her spare time Angela enjoys running after her active boys and spending time with family and friends.
- Specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2022)
- Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy – Continence & Womens’ Health (Curtin University)
- Post Graduate Certificate – Pelvic Floor Rehab (University of Melbourne)
- B App Sc (Physio) (University of Sydney)
- Professional Certificate in Conservative Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (University of South Australia)
Areas of Specialism
- Complex pelvic pain – male and female
- Bladder and bowel dysfunction such as incontinence (urinary and faecal), urgency, frequency and pain
- Coccyx or tailbone pain, traumatic and non-traumatic
- Hip pain including Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) and labral tears
- Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) including sacroiliac joint (SIJ), pubic symphysis and pregnancy related pain
- Pelvic pain including pain or inability to engage in sexual intercourse including vaginismus, vulvodynia and Genito-Pelvic Pain Disorder (GPPD)
- Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) Pelvic organ prolapse, including the use of pessaries
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Pre/post rehabilitation from gynaecological and prostate surgery
- Lead author ‘Change in pain knowledge after a neuroscience education seminar for women with chronic pelvic pain’ published in Australian New Zealand Continence Journal, 2019
- Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists
- Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
- Continence Foundation of Australia
- NSW APA Continence Women’s Health Group – committee member
- International Continence Society (ICS) Member