Australasian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference at 139 Barker St
Randwick, NSW 2031 Australia
on 05 - Dec 07, 2020

Australasian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference

~ advances in clinical application and research

Australasian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference

139 Barker St
Randwick, NSW 2031 Australia
Dec 05 - Dec 07, 2020

about conference

We’ve assembled arguably one of the finest list of speakers to present in Australia within the vestibular rehabilitation field. International speakers including Prof Sue Whitney (University of Pittsburgh) and Prof Michael Schubert (The Johns Hopkins University), as well as home grown leaders with Prof Americo Migliaccio and Prof Stephen Lord. The conference is focussed on translating the latest research, much of which is undertaken by the presenters themselves, into usable clinical applications for better patient outcomes.

We have packed in many of the topics in 2.5 days that are frequently requested including advances in VOR adaptation, balance and gait, BPPV and concussion. Additionally we have added a post-conference workshop on vestibular testing, interpretations and case-studies.

Is this conference for you?

– You’re a Medical or specialist Doctor, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Occupational Therapist, Audiologist, or researcher looking at improving your clinical competency in managing patients with vertigo, dizziness, poor balance, vestibular hypofunction, concussion, migraines and more

– You’re a new graduate or experienced practitioner, either with little to no experience in neurology and vestibular rehabilitation

– You desire to make a big difference in your clinic nd community with a growing number of patients suffering persistent dizziness, acute vertigo, concussion migraines and falls

– Looking at enhancing your standard vestibular rehabilitation therapies

– You’re looking for an integrated brain-based approach in managing challenging cases

– You learn best when there is a mix of relevant lecture material, reinforced with hands-on practicals


HURRY UP! Limited seats remaining at Early Bird Price, with over 50% of total tickets sold

After October 30th, or if sold earlier, tickets will be available at regular pricing only

Audiology Australia CPD Approved

                Main Conference CPD1920 044        

              Category 1.1 – 11.75 CPD points

               Category 2.2 – 6.25  CPD points

                Post-Conference CPD1920 045       

      Category 1.1 – 1 CPD point

         Category 2.2 – 2  CPD points

Our Speakers

We’ve assembled the most experienced and integrative multi-disciplined speakers from the medical, allied and research field in vestibular rehabilitation.

Prof. Susan L. Whitney


Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh and her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Currently, she is a professor in physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.   She is the Program Director of the Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Dr. Whitney is supported by the Department of Defense and the NIH to develop technology for persons with vestibular disorders and to study exercise dosage.  Dr. Whitney has authored or coauthored over 150 articles on Medline and is currently engaged in research related to concussion and in persons with vestibular disorders.

Prof Americo Migliaccio

BSc, BEng, MBiomedE, PhD

Americo A. Migliaccio was born in Sydney, Australia. He received a B.Sc. degree majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics and a B.E. degree (Honours, First Class) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney. He also received M.Biomed.E and Ph.D degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales. His doctoral work was performed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (with Profs. Halmagyi and Curthoys, Sydney, Australia). His postdoctoral work was performed at Johns Hopkins University (with Profs Minor and Zee, Baltimore, USA), where he is an Adjunct Professor in the department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. In 2008 he returned to Australia to establish the Balance and Vision Laboratory at Neuroscience Research Australia and has Conjoint appointments at the University of New South Wales and at the University of Newcastle. His research focuses on vestibular system plasticity in mouse models and humans.

Chris Todd

BEng (Hons) Mechantronic

Chris is a mechatronics engineer with a passion for embedded design.
He joined NeuRA’s Balance and Vision Laboratory in 2013 as the developer of StableEyes – a rehabilitation tool for vestibular patients. He is an expert in electronics, hardware and software design, and has many years of experience with inertial sensors for head and body tracking. He has previously worked on engineering projects at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is currently developing the next generation of StableEyes technology.

Dr Carlo Rinaudo (Chiropractor)

BMedSci(Hons), MChiro, ICSSD, DACNB, PhD(c)

Dr Carlo Rinaudo is a registered Chiropractor from Australia with post-graduate training in clinical neuroscience and sports. Dr Rinaudo is the clinic director of a multidisciplined clinic, focused on helping people with dizziness, concussion and balance related conditions. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Vestibular (balance) therapy at University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia (, working alongside leading researchers and Neurologist in the field. He is a frequent speaker at national and international events, presenting his research findings at conferences or teaching practitioners about vestibular rehabilitation, including at the 2017 and 219 ECU and WFC conference

Dr Carlo Rinaudo is an engaging presenter, uniquely combining 20 years of clinical experience with current research from multi-disciplined fields, providing an enjoyable and easy-approach ‘knowledge translation’ for the everyday Chiropractor.

Dr Jasmine Menant


Jasmine Menant is a Research Fellow in the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at NeuRA and a conjoint lecturer at UNSW Medicine. She has a background in exercise science and a PhD in applied physiology / biomechanics from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW (2008). Her research spans the understanding of cognitive, motor and environmental factors contributing to postural instability and falls in older people and clinical groups, as well as clinical trials to improve balance and health outcomes and prevent falls in these populations. Notably, she has recently completed a large NHMRC-funded randomised-controlled trial of interventions to improve dizziness symptoms in middle aged and older people.

She has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications in leading international geriatrics, medical and human movement journals and has attracted >3 million grant funding. Jasmine sits on the executive board of the ANZ Falls Prevention Society and is currently working on the update of the 2009 Australian Best Practice Falls Prevention Guidelines. She also contributes actively to the International Society for Posture and Gait Research as a member of its scientific and communication committees

Dr Michael Maslin

Audiology, PhD

After working for several years as an audiologist in the UK, Michael completed his PhD in 2010 at The University of Manchester. The topic was plasticity of the human binaural auditory system. He then completed a 3-year post-doctoral research programme that built directly on the underpinning work carried out during his PhD. Since 2015 Michael has worked for the Interacoustics Academy, group of audiologists based in Denmark who offer training and education in audiological and vestibular diagnostics worldwide and offer a link between clinical or research institutes and their industry partners. In 2017 Michael and his family relocated to New Zealand where he continues in the same role with the Interacoustics Academy and Diatec NZ. He is pursuing his research interests at the University of Auckland with financial support from the Eisdell Moore Centre

Prof Michael Schubert

BSc, PhD

Dr Schubert is Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery with a joint appointment in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his PhD at the University of Miami and a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins. His clinical focus is treating gaze and gait instability in people with loss of vestibular sensation. His current research investigates the vestibular influence on ocular misalignment as well as differences in motor learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex using different types of error signals. He is currently funded from the Department of Defense and NASA and currently conducting a clinical trial comparing a novel method of vestibular ocular reflex training against traditional forms of vestibular rehabilitation.

A/Prof Phillip Cremer


Phillip Cremer is the director of Northshore Vertigo and Neurology Clinic.  He was appointed as a Neurologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2002. Dr Cremer is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.
He completed his specialist neurology training at RPA Hospital in Australia, and he was awarded 2 research degrees in vertigo at Sydney University: Bachelor of Medical Science, and PhD.  Dr Cremer then completed a Fellowship in vertigo (clinical & research) in the ENT Department at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore USA.  He has a great interest in inner ear research, as well as treating patients with dizziness & vertigo.

Dr Cremer has given over 100 scientific presentations in the area of vertigo & vestibular neurophysiology (study of the inner ear balance system), including numerous scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals. He remains actively involved in vertigo research (in collaboration with the Murdoch Institute & Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well as with Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney). 

Dr Cremer is also involved in teaching and training of young doctors. He has lectured Sydney University Medical Students since 1991, and he has been involved in specialist doctor training, since he ran the specialist training program at RPA Hospital (as Clinical Superintendent).

Prof Stephen Lord

DSc, PhD

Stephen Lord is a Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales and a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, Australia. He has published over 500 papers in the areas of applied physiology, instability, falls and fractures in older people and clinical groups with balance impairment. His research follows two main themes: the identification of neuropsychological, sensorimotor and balance risk factors for falls and the development and evaluation of fall prevention strategies. His current projects include cognitive-motor intervention studies using new technologies to prevent falls and studies addressing fall risk in clinical groups at high risk of falls including people with dizziness, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.


Day 1 Agenda

Saturday, Dec 5, 2020



08:30AM - 09:00AM


Welcome (Americo Migliaccio and Carlo Rinaudo)

09:00AM - 09:05AM


Advances in Vestibular Rehabilitation (Sue Whitney)

09:05AM - 09:45AM

Dr. Whitney will provide an update about the newest research that is impacting practice around the world. An attempt will be made to suggest that practice implications of the newest science findings that can impact the care that is provided to persons living with balance and vestibular disorders.


Neurophysiology of VOR adaptation (Carlo Rinaudo)

09:45AM - 10:15AM

a summary of the neurophysiology governing VOR adaptation including the VN, and cerebellum, as well as animal work


How to increase VOR adaptation (Americo Migliaccio)

10:15AM - 10:45AM

a summary of the labs work on parameters and conditions needed for most effective increase in VOR adaptation


Update on VOR adaptation studies (Michael Schubert)

10:45AM - 11:15AM

a summary of recent works including vergence and asymmetry modifications, as well as clinical trials on blast victims


(morning tea break)

11:15AM - 11:35AM


(Panel discussion) – Sue, Michael, Americo

11:35AM - 11:50AM


The VOR is frequency selective (Americo Migliaccio)

11:50AM - 12:10PM

a summary of recent papers demonstrating the effects of different target and frequencies on the VOR, as well as the synchronicity of head and target movements on VOR gains


StableEyes: a portable vestibular rehabilitation device (Chris Todd)

12:10PM - 12:30PM

an overview of the engineering behind the development and evolution of StableEyes – a take-home device that uniquely provides incremental VOR adaptation


A 1 week randomised clinical study on the effectiveness of StableEyes in patients with peripheral vestibular hypofunction (Carlo Rinaudo)

12:30PM - 1:00PM



1:00PM - 2:00PM



2:00PM - 3:30PM

Topic 1: the history (Carlo Rinaudo)
Topic 2: the bedside vestibulo-ocular exam (Michael Schubert)
Topic 3: the bedside vestibulo-spinal exam (Sue Whitney)


Afternoon Tea Break

3:30PM - 3:50PM


Factors affecting recovery (Sue Whitney)

3:50PM - 4:30PM

Patients arrive to a physiotherapy clinic with negative factors that can affect their
rehabilitation outcome. Understanding what they are and how to manage those factors may affect their ultimate recovery after a vestibular or balance disorder. Evidence of what factors may affect recovery will be described and where possible, methods to improve outcomes of persons exhibiting those factors will be discussed.


Live demonstration of advanced technologies in VOR assessment and therapies (spoken by Michael Schubert and demonstrated by Americo Migliaccio and Chris Todd)

4:30PM - 5:30PM

SVV, DVA, StableEyes (Plus)


Welcome drinks, presented by Interacoustics

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Day 2 Agenda

Sunday, Dec 6, 2020


Interventions for addressing dizziness and preventing falls in older people (Stephen Lord)

09:00AM - 09:45AM

A discussion about the assessment of falls and recent clinical trials involving multifactorial interventions for addressing dizziness and interactive ‘exergames’ for improving stepping and preventing falls in older people.


The evidence for virtual Reality in Vestibular Rehab (Sue Whitney)

09:45AM - 10:30AM

Virtual reality is being used worldwide for the treatment of persons with vestibular disorders and concussion. Evidence of its effectiveness or lack of effectiveness will be described with some clinical pearls provided about which patients may have difficulty using this newer treatment intervention.


Panel discussion (Sue Whitney and Stephen Lord)

10:30AM - 10:50AM


morning tea break

10:50AM - 11:10AM


Gait & Balance Workshop - 2 groups (led by Sue Whitney, Michael Schubert, Stephen Lord and Jasmine Menant) with attendees rotating between each group (45mins each station)

11:10AM - 01:00PM

Group 1: dance mat and PPA (Stephen Lord, Jasmine Menant – in lab)
Group 2: Case presentation of gait/ balance assessment and treatment (Michael Schubert & Sue Whitney)


Enhancing outcomes in BPPV management (Sue Whitney)

02:00PM - 02:35PM

Latest procedures and clinical applications


Challenging BPPV cases (Michael Schubert)

02:35PM - 03:10PM

Case studies and examples of atypical BPPV


Medical cases that presents as BPPV (Phil Cremer)

03:10PM - 03:40PM

Cases studies and examples of cases that presented as BPPV that were from another cause


afternoon tea break

03:40PM - 04:00PM


BPPV Workshop (run as 1 open class)

04:00PM - 05:30PM

Topic 1: RCT Evidence for posterior canal (Sue Whitney)
Topic 2: RCT Evidence for horizontal canal (Michael Schubert)
Topic 3: Atypical BPPV (Anterior SCC, Apogeotropic Posterior SCC) (Sue/Michael or Phil)


panel discussion (Sue Whitney, Michael Schubert, Phil Cremer)

05:30PM - 06:00PM

Day 2 Agenda

Monday Dec 7, 2020


Peripheral vs Central peripheral conditions (Michael Schubert)

09:00AM - 09:30AM

Differential diagnosis with respect to concussion and blast injuries


Vestibular Migraine (Shaun Watson)

09:30AM - 10:00AM


Update on concussion (Sue Whitney)

10:00AM - 10:40AM

The most recent evidence about concussion will be provided in order to optimize care of persons presenting with mild head injury to your clinic. The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Consensus Based International Guidelines will be discussed


Panel Discussion (Sue Whitney, Michael Schubert and Shaun Watson)

10:40AM - 11:00AM


oncussion Workshop (run as 1 open class)

11:30AM - 01:00PM

Group 1 Vergence and Alignment (Michael Schubert)
Group 2 Case with Vergence treatment (Sue Whitney)


Post Conference Workshop

02:00PM - 05:00PM

Case studies, interpretation and hands on practicals with electro-physiological diagnostics by Interacoustics (Michael Maslin)


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5-7 Dec, 2020
Sat 9:00 – 6pm
Sun 9:00 – 6pm
Mon 9:00 – 5pm

Conference Place Address

NeuRA 139 Barker St,
Randwick, NSW 2031 Australia

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1300 770 197

frequently asked questions

Very limited parking is available at the venue. On-street metered parking exists, although generally limited to 2 hours only. Nearby parking stations offer all day parking. Otherwise, the venue is minutes walk from new light rail line

We offer a group discount for 3 or more team members for the 1 clinic. Please email for applicable discounts

We recommend paying with credit card through our online payment portal (Stripe). If you would prefer, you may pay via bank EFT. Please make payment to:  Carlo Rinaudo, NAB,  BSB: 082-356 Acct No: 57-101-8036. Once you have made payment, please send an email to with a screenshot of payment

Yes, it’s aimed practitioners of all levels. The lecturers are highly experienced in ensuring all attendees are supported and enjoy the learning experience

Yes, the material in a very clinically relevant and hands-on, with many clinical gems shared throughout the 3 days. advanced material will be presented to ensure all practitioners enhance their current practice and patient outcomes

If you cancel on/before Feb 17th, a $50 processing fee will be incurred

If you’re attending the Sunday pm workshop only and want to cancel on/before April 3rd, a $30 processing fee will be charge.

If you cancel on/before April 3rd, a $150 processing fee will be charged

If you cancel on/before May 15th, a 50% processing fee will be charged

If you cancel after May 15th, there will be no refund.

Tickets are transferable with notification to

If you’re attending the Monday pm workshop only and want to cancel on/before Oct 30th, a $30 processing fee will be charge.

If you cancel on/before Oct 30th, a $150 processing fee will be charged

If you cancel on/before Nov 30th, a 50% processing fee will be charged

If you cancel after Nov 30th, there will be no refund.

Tickets are transferable with notification to

In registering for Australasian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference, participants agree that neither Australasian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference nor the affiliate parties assume any liability whatsoever. Participants should therefore organize their own health, travel and personal insurances.

The Organizers and co-Organizers of the conference shall not be held responsible for any delay or failure in performance of its obligations hereunder to the extent such delay or failure is caused by fire, flood, strike, civil, governmental or military authority, acts of God, acts of terrorism, acts of war, epidemics, the un-availability of the venue or other similar causes beyond its reasonable control and without fault or negligence. For one or more of such reasons, the organizers and any co-organizers of the Meeting may postpone, reschedule or cancel the event without liability on the part of organizers and co-organizers of the Meeting. In the event the meeting cannot be held or is postponed pursuant to this section, the organizers and co-organizers of the Meeting shall not be liable to attendee for any direct, consequential or incidental damages, costs, or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodations costs, or financial losses.


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