Managing Patients with Balance and Vestibular Problems

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Provides skills and knowledge to diagnose and manage patients with dizziness, balance problems, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

Course content

  • Anatomy of the Inner Ear and Vestibular System.
  • Review of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
  • Demonstration of manoeuvres used in diagnosis of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
  • Roles of GPs, doctors, nurses, audiologists and physiotherapists in managing balance and vestibular problems.

Included in Cost

  • The cost of the course for non-medical health professionals is $150 and for GPs is $200.
  • Includes a half day of teaching by specialist facilitators.
  • All materials.
  • Afternoon tea.

The course is suited to GPs, doctors, nurses, audiologists and physiotherapists who need to manage patients with dizziness, balance issues or BPPV.  The course is accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Australian College of Rural and Rural Medicine (ACRRM), and audiologists can make a submission to obtain CPD points from Audiology Australia.

Participants can choose to combine the Dizziness, Balance Problems and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo course with our half day course on Managing Ear Wax and Foreign Bodies.  The cost of both courses is $400, includes morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch.  Participation in the full day of training entitles GPs to claim 40 RACGP CPD points.  Participation in both courses represents a saving for GPs of $75 over the normal price of the individual courses.

Click the links below to find out more about the Dizziness, Balance Problems and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Course:

Dizziness?

Dizziness is the feeling of being lightheaded, woozy, or unbalanced. It can stem from several causes, such as low blood pressure or changes in blood pressure that occur when a person moves from lying or sitting to standing. Other causes include anaemia, dehydrations, medications, alcohol or pregnancy. Although dizziness is something that can occur in people of any age, it’s more common in older adults.  Most people have felt dizzy at some point, usually this is an unpleasant yet transient event that passes off after a few moments and we don’t worry about it too much. But imagine if this was something that was happening to you all the time - it would be a cause for real concern, and you would want to find out the reason – and if possible, to rectify this.

Vertigo?

Vertigo is different to dizziness, although the two terms have been used interchangeably. While dizziness may make a person feel like they are going to pass out, there is no sensation that their surroundings are moving. Vertigo is the feeling that you or your surroundings are whirling or spinning, falling or tilting. Vertigo can cause people to have problems walking or standing due to it having a significant impact on balance.  Vertigo can occur due to a number of inner ear disorders, which include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s Disease, vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. Other causes include migraine headaches, head injury or changes that cause decreased blood flow to the base of the brain (vertebrobasilar insufficiency). In rarer cases, growths or tumours may be responsible.

What to expect in the Dizziness, Balance and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Course.

The Dizziness, Balance and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Course, provides the skills and knowledge to differentiate and manage different balance conditions.

Throughout the half day course participants will review the anatomy of the inner ear and its role in balance, and discuss the effects of different inner ear pathologies. Candidates will also revisit the vestibular system and the various components that are designed to detect the body’s position in space, and movement.

Participants will review Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, and learn various manoeuvres utilised in its diagnosis. These manoeuvres include the “Dix-Hallpike Manoeuvre” and “Modified Epley Manoeuvre.”

Participants will also cover the various roles of GPs, audiologists, ENTs, physiotherapists and neurologists, in assessment, diagnosis and management of balance and vestibular problems. 

Our course is delivered by a specialist physiotherapist and specialist audiologist, who will lead discussion and demonstrate various techniques and tests involved in the assessment and management of balance and vestibular issues. These include:

  • Hearing tests.
  • Tests of conjugate eye movements.
  • Caloric testing.
  • Positional testing.
  • Tests for fluid balance in the inner ear.

The course features a significant hands-on component, and participants should come prepared to take part in examination of their own, and other participants’ vestibular systems.

We encourage all our participants to try out different techniques and bring along questions, examples and case studies from their own practice, that our resident experts can help answer.

What to bring to the Dizziness, Balance Problems and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Course.

We strongly encourage all our participants to wear comfortable clothing and be aware that there is a physical element to participation in the course. Closed shoes are mandatory for Occupational Health and Safety. If you have a physical limitation or an injury, please ensure that this is discussed with the course instructor on the day, so that this can be taken into account.

We have on-site change room facilities and end of trip facilities available. Lockers are provided for your convenience and security and we do encourage you to utilise these.

Qualifications

All our participants receive a Certificate of Attendance. The course is accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and can be submitted to other Associations to claim Continuing Professional Development recognition.

Course Costs

The cost of the course for non-medical health professionals is $150 and is $200 for GPs. This price includes all materials and afternoon tea.

Option for GPs to combine courses, increase CPD points and make savings!

Participants can choose to combine the Dizziness, Balance Problems and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo course with our half day course on Managing Ear Wax and Foreign bodies. The cost of both courses is $400, this price includes morning and afternoon tea, as well as a light lunch. Participation in the full day of training entitles GPs to claim 40 RACGP CPD points.  Participation in both courses represents a saving for GPs of $75 over the normal price of the individual courses.

Parking and Transport

The Avant Education Centre is located on the Ground Floor of Ear Science Institute Australia.  We are located close to the Subiaco train station, and serviced by nearby bus routes. We suggest using the Transperth Journey Planner if you are planning to use public transport. There is pay-parking available in the basement of Ear Science Institute Australia and there is nearby street parking available.

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