Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is estimated that the number of new cases of Cancer diagnosed in Australia is set to rise to 150,000 by 2020, and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of Cancer-related deaths in Australian women. With these kinds of statistics, we understand that our valued Fitwise clients, their friends and/or family may be affected by Cancer at some stage in their lives.

During the month of October, the National Breast Cancer Foundation aims to raise money for this worthwhile charity through the Pink Ribbon Breakfast. This year they aim to raise aims to raise $1.5 million to fund research into the effective prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. This much needed research has the potential to save thousands of lives.

If you are interested in joining in the fun, you can register your personal or workplace event HERE

At Fitwise, we have a team of dedicated physiotherapists and lymphoedema practitioners who specialise in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who are recovering from Cancer. Cancer itself, the surgeries and treatment involved has a major impact on the body. We work with clients to help them overcome this impact and regain strength and vitality after Cancer.

If people don’t get rehabilitated after cancer it can affect their ability to work, their families, their physical, emotional and social well-being, their long-term health and ultimately survival. 

If you would like to know more about how our physiotherapists can help you or someone you love maximise their Cancer recovery, please contact our rooms for more information. East Melbourne: 9486 0512 Armadale: 9822 4999. Email us on [email protected] or book online. For more information regarding our Cancer (PINC) recovery services, please click HERE

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Our Values

Our values are the basis of everything we do at Fitwise.

Excellence, Respect, Innovation and Fun – For our clients, for our team and for ourselves.

This is evident with the service we provide, the environment in which we provide it, the way in which we operate as a team and how we care for and value our clients, referral partners and ourselves; we live the Fitwise values every day.

Our culture is one where everyone feels supported, respected and safe. Our clients and our team, experience a leading-edge health environment where we remember to have fun along the way.

Our Story

In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

Gen and Libby

In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

Fitwise Physiotherapy | Armadale

The Fitwise team has now grown to include 18 amazing practitioners and 12 wonderful administrative team members and is still growing!

Libby and Gen have always loved providing a holistic service, treating a variety of conditions in consultations and providing exercise appropriate for different life stages. The community of clients that are part of the Fitwise family, (some who have been part of the journey from the very beginning – over 17 years ago), are the biggest reason they do what they do. For Gen and Libby, it is a privilege to be part of these wonderful people’s lives.