Dr Brandt started working in private practice in 2000, where after she became a lecturer at the University of the Free State. Her main areas of interest are Neuromusculoskeletal therapy (NMS), Sport, Pelvic and Women’s Health, and research which lead to the interest in the interaction between these concepts and areas. She was one of the first physiotherapists to obtain a doctorate degree in Pelvic and Women’s Health Physiotherapy.
In collaboration with two urogynaecologists, they established a Pelvic Floor Unit in Bloemfontein which involved collaboration between academia and private practitioners, to treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and to generate research opportunities. A similar interprofessional clinic has recently been established at the University of the Witwatersrand.
She has previously been involved with the OMTC for more than ten years, as treasurer and course leader in the Free State. Currently she is the South African International Urogynaecology Association Physiotherapy representative and the South African representative on the IOPTPWH (International Organisation of Physical Therapy for Pelvic and Women’s Health), Chairperson of Pelvic and Women’s Health Physiotherapy (South African Society of Physiotherapy), treasurer for the Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA) in Gauteng and Executive board member on the National SASHA committee.
She has published several papers on NMS-, Sport-, and Women’s Health-related topics in international journals such as South African Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, South African Journal of Physiotherapy, Manual Therapy, Physiotherapy Canada and British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
She has also presented at international congresses, the most recent being the International Urogynaecology Association Joint Scientific Meeting in 2019 (Nashville), The World Confederation of Physical Therapy World Congress in 2017 and 2019 – where one of her presentations was also nominated for an award; and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology World Congress in 2017.
She is currently senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand – continuing her passion for integrating research, clinical practice, and teaching – and developing Women’s Health clinics suitable for a South African context.
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