Doctors and Allied Health Training Registration

Treating Balance & Hearing Disorders


Dr David Szmulewicz

David is a Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, and Co-Director of the Australian Temporal Bone Bank. He is Head of the Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, which is a multi-disciplinary balance disorders clinical and research service, where patients can access specialty medical care and partake in various research programs. David is lead investigator on research defining a novel ataxia – Cerebellar Ataxia with Neuropathy and Vestibular Areflexia Syndrome (CANVAS), as well as the development of an interactive vertigo assessment tool (iVAT) and an objective bedside test of imbalance – the video VVOR.

Professor Stephen O’Leary

Stephen is an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, and Co-Director of the Australian Temporal Bone Bank. He holds the William Gibson Chair of Otolaryngology at The University of Melbourne, and has worked as both a surgeon and a medical researcher at The University of Melbourne and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital since 1999. Stephen holds an honorary appointment with the Bionic Ear Institute, and is on the Board of the Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Stephen is recognized internationally for his clinical and research activities in ear disease, hearing and balance, and particularly for contributions to cochlear implantation. He was elected to the Collegium Otorhinolaryngologicum Amitciae Sacrum in 2006 in recognition of his contributions to Otolaryngology, and was recipient of the 2009 John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for excellence in surgical research.

Learning Outcomes for Balance Disorders:

  • Review the different types of acute and chronic balance disorders and necessary processes for diagnoses, including identification of central disorders and red flags

  • Demonstrate and interpret examination and treatment manoeuvres applicable to diagnosis and treatment of certain vestibular disorders. For example: Dix-Hallpike, Epley, Modified Hallpike, and Head Impulse Test

  • Describe how to clinically diagnose balance disorders, including clinical examination skills and formal diagnostic testing

  • Describe pharmacological and physical treatment modalities
  • Learning Outcomes for Hearing Disorders:

  • Learn to perform office-based diagnosis of hearing loss, and treatment of hearing loss and common ear conditions. Understand emergency ear management, recognise who needs immediate specialist referral, and identify when hearing loss patients should be referred to a specialist

  • Understand contemporary options for conductive and sensorineural hearing loss

  • Describe approaches to patients for whom hearing aids seem not to be working

  • Explain contemporary options for rehabilitation for severe hearing loss. For example: cochlear implants, bone conducting hearing aids, middle ear implants
  • You will learn about:

  • Theory and background to treating balance disorders
  • Hands on practical training in conducting examination of the dizzy patient and providing treatment
  • Discussions about approaches to dizziness and vertigo, discussions of case studies and short videos of case studies, and discussions of short videos of treatment of patients with nystagmus
  • Principles of treatment for hearing loss and ear disease
  • Hands on practical training in conducting examination of the patient with hearing difficulties
  • Discussions about cases and dilemmas in acute ear care, hearing loss and its treatment
  • Saturday Aug 8th 2015, 9am-4pm
    The Community Room, Caulfield Park Pavilion
    Balaclava Rd, North Caulfield

    40 Category 1 RACGP QI&CPD points have been applied for
    Full Day Workshop: $365 includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (Inc. GST) Balance Workshop Only: $185 includes morning tea and lunch (Inc. GST)

    For cancellations up to 7 days in advance, payment will be refunded minus a $50 administration fee. At less than 7 days notice there is no refund, but attendance can be transferred

    Payment can be made by cheque to the Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc. or direct deposit
    Cheques can be sent to:
    Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc.
    PO Box 8316
    Armadale Victoria 3143
    For direct deposit, please pay into the following account, making sure your name is placed in the payment details and please place transaction id in the form below

    Account Name: Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc.
    BSB: 013304
    Account Number: 291732542

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