Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth Howard

Advanced Pain Management Osteopath & Pain Educator

  • BAppSc(Clin Sc)
  • BOstSc
  • MScMed(PainMgt)
  • Member of Osteopathy Australia

Elizabeth is an osteopath with 25 years’ experience in the treatment and management of pain. She has a special interest in holistic pain education, breast pain, pudendal neuralgia, pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy-related pain.

Liz graduated in Melbourne in 1996 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science) and a Bachelor of Osteopathic Science. Since her Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) (2015 USYD) she assists Prof Vancaillie with his pelvic pain practice. Liz was awarded the title Advanced Pain Management Osteopath by Osteopathy Australia in 2020. Her passion is to help create greater awareness of pelvic pain and conservative options to treat it. She does this via teaching practitioners throughout Australia and more recently Ireland and Sweden.

Her roles include osteopathic care, pain education for all Professor Vancaillie’s pain patients, programming sacral neuromodulation and facilitating group education for pelvic pain. Liz was integral to helping manage the women suffering with pelvic pain after mesh surgery for prolapse or incontinence.  

Her teaching experience ranges from lectures and technique in Undergraduate and Master’s Osteopathic programs (University of Western Sydney, Southern Cross University), clinical supervision of Osteopathic students (Sydney, Lismore, Mumbai), ANZ Neuromodulation Society, Osteopathy Australia National Conference, Pelvic Floor Seminars, GP education evenings and Allied Health events via Bower Bird CPD.

Liz travels to rural Moree with the WHRIA gynaecology team to provide osteopathic services at PIUS-X Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre

Publications in major journals 

Vancaillie, T., Chan, K., Liu, J., Deans, R., & Howard, E. (2020). Asherman syndrome: Audit of a single‐operator cohort of 423 cases. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Vancaillie, T., Kite, L., Howard, E., & Chow, J. (2018). Sacral neuromodulation for pelvic pain and pelvic organ dysfunction: A case series. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 58(1), 102-107.

Vancaillie, T., Tan, Y., Chow, J., Kite, L., & Howard, E. (2018). Pain after vaginal prolapse repair surgery with mesh is a post‐surgical neuropathy which needs to be treated–and can possibly be prevented in some cases. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 58(6), 696-700.

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