NEWS AND EVENTS

NEWS

Featured in the Bendigo Weekly, Bendigo, September 1, 2017
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Featured in The Miner, Ballarat, May 7, 2015
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tamardavid Dizziness and vertigo forum attracts big numbers (featured on the Eye and Ear Hospital’s website, March 4, 2015).

The Head of the Eye and Ear’s Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Dr David Szmulewicz, presented last week at a forum on dizziness and vertigo at the City of Glen Eira with over 120 people attending. The free community forum Dizziness and vertigo: understanding symptoms, the latest research and treatment options was held in partnership with the Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc. and the Australian Temporal Bone Bank. Dr David Szmulewicz, who is also a Co-Director of the Temporal Bone Bank, spoke about symptoms of dizziness and vertigo and the latest treatment and research options. Based at the Eye and Ear, the Australian Temporal Bone Bank is a joint collaboration between the Eye and Ear and the University of Melbourne. It conducts medical research on the temporal bone (which houses the inner ear – the body’s hearing and balance systems) to help understand the causes of hearing and balance disorders.

Tamar Black, a former Eye and Ear patient and one of the first in Australia to register as a temporal bone donor, gave a personal presentation at the forum. As founder and president of the Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc, Tamar describes herself as extremely lucky to have become a patient of the Eye and Ear. After suffering a severe case of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in 2012 that caused debilitating dizziness, Tamar made a full recovery as a result of receiving the correct treatment at the Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service. “Many people continue to suffer with very debilitating and frustrating balance or hearing disorders because they do not know what outstanding, specialist medical treatment is available at the Eye and Ear,” Tamar said. “These disorders frequently impact on quality of life and mental health, and effect the patients’ families and significant others.” The Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc hopes to increase knowledge of when to seek medical assistance for these disorders, reduce barriers to seeking treatment, and increase rates of temporal bone donation.

 

 

Featured in Caulfield Geln Eira Leader Newspaper, February 12, 2015

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PAST EVENTS

FORUMS

BENDIGO, VICTORIA:
Dizziness and Vertigo: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach Admission is free
Audience: General Public
Saturday September 9, 2017, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Bendigo Community Health Service
13 Helm St, Kangaroo Flat, Victoria
Registrations essential by calling (03) 5448 1600
Presenter: Dr David Szmulewicz; Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank
This forum will be translated in Auslan by a qualified Auslan interpreter

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA:
Dizziness and Vertigo: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach Admission is free
Audience: General Public
Thursday September 17, 2015, 7:30pm-9pm
DC Bricker (Princes Park) Social Room
Beech Street, South Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria
Presenters: Ms Arimbi Winoto, Physiotherapist, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Dizzy Day Clinic; Ms Brooke Paisley, Manager of Audiology, Eye and Ear Hospital; Dr David Szmulewicz; Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank
This will be a panel presentation about the different treatments for dizziness and vertigo, and there will be time to ask the panel questions.

Hearing Difficulties and Hearing Loss: Understanding Symptoms, Latest Research, and Medical Treatment Admission is free
Audience: General Public
Tuesday March 17, 2015, 7:30pm-9pm
Caulfield Park Pavilion – Community Room
Balaclava Road North Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria
Presenter: Prof. Stephen O’Leary; Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Chair of Department of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank

Dizziness and Vertigo: Understanding Symptoms, Latest Research, and Medical Treatment Admission is free
Audience: General Public
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 7:30pm-9pm
Caulfield Park Pavilion – Community Room
Balaclava Road North Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria
Presenter: Dr David Szmulewicz; Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank

BALLARAT, VICTORIA:
Dizziness and Vertigo: Understanding Symptoms, Latest Research, and Medical Treatment Admission is free
Audience: General Public
Saturday May 16, 2015, 2pm-3.30pm
Ballarat Community Health, 12 Lilburne Street, Lucas, Ballarat, Victoria. Register by calling Ballarat Community Health on 03 53384500.
Presenter: Dr David Szmulewicz; Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank

FOR PATIENTS:
Treatment for Meniere’s Disease and Other Balance Disorders, and Temporal Bone Donation Gold coin donation for Meniere’s Australia appreciated
Meeting of Meniere’s Australia, non-members welcome
Audience: Patients with Balance Disorders
Saturday April 18, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm
Meeting Room 1, Box Hill Library, 1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Melbourne, Victoria
Presenter: Dr David Szmulewicz; Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank

Spinocerebellar Ataxia and Temporal Bone Donation Admission is free
Meeting of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Australia, non-members welcome
Audience: Patients with Spinocerebellar Ataxia
Sunday March 15, 2015, 2:30pm
The Alfred Hospital, Alfred Neurological Conference Room
55 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria
Presenter: Dr David Szmulewicz; Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank
Prof. Elsdon Storey will also be speaking about genetics

Treatment for Meniere’s Disease and Other Balance Disorders, and Temporal Bone Donation Admission is free
Meeting of Meniere’s Australia, non-members welcome
Audience: Patients with Balance Disorders
Saturday February 21, 2015, 10am-12pm
Mornington Library, Vancouver Street, Mornington, Victoria
Presenter: Dr David Szmulewicz; Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist, Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and Co-Director Australian Temporal Bone Bank

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PAST EVENTS

TRAINING FOR DOCTORS AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
Treating Balance and Hearing Disorders
Saturday August 8, 2015, 9:00am-4:00pm
The Community Room, Caulfield Park Pavilion, Balaclava Rd, North Caulfield
This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2014-16 triennium 40 Category 1 points (Activity:28991)

The co-directors of the Australian Temporal Bone Bank, Professor Stephen O’Leary, ENT and Chair of Department of Otolaryngology at University of Melbourne, and Dr David Szmulewicz, Neurologist and Neuro-Otologist and Head of Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service at the Eye and Ear Hospital, will be conducting an advanced, hands on practical workshop where participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice the specific techniques to treat balance and hearing disorders frequently seen in general practice.