Findings and Updates
Rectus Diastasis Research Days: SYDNEY
Dr Siobhan is travelling to Sydney for some Rectus Diastasis Research Days on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of November. She will be available to measure women's tummy-muscles using ultrasound.
To book an appointment, please follow the link below:
Select "Dr Siobhan in person at Westmead" or "Dr Siobhan in person at Castle Hill" to select an appointment on Friday or Saturday. If you are attending the AMBA convention on Sunday, no appointment is necessary.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy students. Developed by The University of Queensland, 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.
The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
This year, representatives from 57 universities from across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore will compete for the title of the 2022 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Winner.
Dr Siobhan has successfully made it to the Asia-Pacific Semi-finals of this competition after winning Flinders University finals. To view her presentation, please follow the link below:
To vote for the People's Choice award, please follow the link below:
To watch the whole Showcase, please follow the link below:
Plastic Surgery Congress
Dr Siobhan attended the Plastic Surgery Congress (PSC) 2022 on the Gold Coast in June. She presented the first study of her PhD research on post-partum rectus diastasis - the Interview Study. The presentation was well received and the audio clips of real women who were interviewed left a lasting impact on the audience members.
Dr Siobhan's PhD supervisor, Associate Professor Nicola Dean was also inducted as the first female President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. A. Prof Dean is an incredible advocate for women living with post-partum rectus diastasis, having led the MSAC application that resulted in the Medicare item number for abdominoplasty being reinstated, and driving this PhD that will form the definitive evidence for it.
RACS Annual Scientific Congress
Dr Siobhan attended the RACS ASC in Brisbane 2022. She presented her research on the safety of omitting radiotherapy in the treatment of surgically excised DCIS (breast cancer) and submitted a poster-presentation on "The History of Abdominoplasty". Dr Siobhan was able to reconnect with surgical colleagues in person for the first time since pre-COVID, and was able to network with senior surgeons and mentor medical students interested in surgery. The Women in Surgery breakfast was a particular highlight. To view her poster presentation please click here:
Rectus diastasis or abdominal separation can sometimes occur after pregnancy. There are many different ways to measure rectus diastasis (RD), or the distance between the rectus muscles.
Some doctors and physiotherapists may use the finger palpation method, callipers, ultrasound or CT imaging – or a combination of these.
There is no official guideline to measuring RD, nor is there a specific cut off value. Unfortunately, these methods are not equal when it comes to accuracy. When you think about it – one person’s fingers are probably not going to be equal to another person’s fingers, especially when comparing male and female practitioners!
If the practitioner is just trying to say that there is a muscle separation, then fingers would be fine, but if we need a more accurate measurement… ultrasound holds the lead as the gold standard for accuracy and reproducibility(1).
1. Mota P, Pascoal AG, Sancho F, Carita AI, Bo K. Reliability of the inter-rectus distance measured by palpation. Comparison of palpation and ultrasound measurements. Man Ther. 2013;18(4):294-8.