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Australasian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference – Online Event at on - Dec 06, 2020

Australasian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference – Online Event

~ advances in clinical application and research

About the Virtual Conference

We’ve assembled arguably one of the finest list of speakers 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’re now offering a substantial online event sharing the latest research and clinical gems on  VOR adaptation, balance and gait, BPPV, virtual reality and psychological aspects. Additionally we have added a 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 and anxiety

– 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 and community with a growing number of patients suffering persistent dizziness, acute vertigo and falls

– Looking at enhancing your standard vestibular rehabilitation therapies

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

HURRY UP! Early Bird pricing ends October 30th

Audiology Australia CPD Approved

                Main Seminar CPD2021 029        

              Category 1.2 – 10.5 CPD points

                Workshop  CPD2021 030     

      Category 1.2 – 3 CPD points

Important details regarding the Virtual Event

The Australian Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference (both main conference and workshop) has now been scheduled as an online event. When registering for the event, you’ll be receiving;

  • pre-recorded presentations (webinar-style), launched on Friday November 27th, 2020
  • They will available as on-demand, unlimited viewing through membership access via the Brain Hub Academia website.
  • They will be available until midnight Monday 7th December, 2020, and unavailable past this date.
  • There are 2 events available: the main conference and the workshop. You have the option to register for 1 or both. They’re both run simultaneously.
  • Presenters notes to download and keep
  • A live Zoom call will take place on Friday 11th December (Friday 9am Sydney EST) with Prof’s Whitney, Schubert, Migliaccio and Lord in attendance, answering any of your questions regarding their presentations, research , clinical experience or related content

Please note

  • presentations are NOT downloadable and available for viewing through the website only 
  • presentations are copyright and the property of each speaker
  • all viewing and access to the coursework is available to the registrant only, with IP locations and usage noted
  • all questions to asked during the Zoom call are to be forwarded to 1 week in advance.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 Kamran Barin


Dr. Barin is Assistant Professor Emeritus at the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The Ohio State University. He established and served as the director of the Balance Disorders Clinic at The Ohio State University Medical Center for over 25 years until his retirement in June 2011.

He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters and has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.

Dr Sarah Edelman

Psychologist, PhD

Sarah Edelman PhD is a clinical psychologist, author and presenter. She previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Health Psychology Unit, UTS. In addition to her private practice, Sarah conducts training for the Black Dog Institute, mental health professionals, and Sydney University Centre for Continuing Education. Since 2008, Sarah’s private practice has focused on treatment of patients with dizziness, and she was primary investigator in a clinical trial of CBT treatment for patients with chronic subjective dizziness. She has published many articles in professional and mainstream journals, and is a frequent guest on ABC radio.  Her book, ‘Change your Thinking’, is a best seller in the self-help genre. She also co-authored ‘Good Thinking – a teenagers’ guide to managing stress and emotions using CBT’, and her third book on CBT for managing anxiety and worry was published in July 2019.

Franck Assaban

Physical Therapist

Franck is the founder of VirtualisVR, a software designer and a physiotherapist in the Rehabilitation of Balance Disorders (3 University Degrees in this field *), he is the first therapist to have designed rehabilitation software with a Virtual Reality Immersion headset as early as 2014. He has a double qualification: Healthcare Professional and Virtual Reality content designer.
He is regularly invited to international scientific congresses to present his work, contribute his therapist expertise or to show the potential of VR in the wider therapeutic field.

  • .DIU in Functional Rehabilitation of Balance, Paris VI (Alain Sémont – Pr. Elisabeth Vitte) 2009
  • DIU in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Paris VI (Dr Bernard Cohen – Dr Michel Toupet) 2010
  • DU in Sensory Disabilities and Rehabilitation of Balance Disorders, Paris VII (Pr Tran Ba Hui – Pr Yelnik) 2010
  • Member of the French Society of Vestibular Kinesitherapy (SFKV) Associate Member of the International Society of Otoneurology (SIO)


Launched Nov 27th (both main and workshop) – recorded webinar


Advances in Vestibular Rehabilitation – Sue Whitney

  • 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.


Factors affecting recovery Sue Whitney

  • Patients arrive to a rehabilitation 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.


Challenging BPPV cases (Michael Schubert)

  • Case studies and examples of atypical BPPV that present to clinicians


A short-term and long-term randomised clinical study on the effectiveness of incremental VOR adaptation  in patients with peripheral vestibular hypofunction (Carlo Rinaudo)

  • the results from a 1-week and 2-year trial of the StableEyes device and its effect on VOR, dizziness, balance and gait function in patients with vestibular hypofunction


The initial visit for the dizzy patient (Carlo Rinaudo)

  • What do you do during the first VRT session – triage for effective management
  • How to conduct a history for the dizzy patient


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

  • A discussion about the assessment of falls risk and recent clinical trials for improving stepping and preventing falls in older people.


Dizziness, balance and interventions for addressing dizziness- Jasmine Menant

  • A discussion around: (i) predictors of dizziness ; (ii) factors associated with dizziness and falls in a sample of people with dizziness; (iii) recent clinical trials to address dizziness in older people.


Gait & Balance Practical (video demonstration) (Stephen Lord, Jasmine Menant – in lab)

  • dance mat, slips and trips walkway and PPA 


Psychological treatment for persistent dizziness conditions (Sarah Edelman)

  • This session will provide an overview of the two-way relationship between dizziness and psychiatric disorders.  Personality style and common precipitants of the disorder, as well as signs suggesting a role for psychological factors will be described.  Evidence-based therapies, with a particular focus on cognitive behaviour therapy will be reviewed.  Useful components of CBT that can be readily administered by the non-psychologist will be identified, and psychoeducational material that can be given to patients will be provided.


Virtual Reality technology in Clinic (Franck Assaban)

  • The emerging evidence for use of virtual reality technology by practitioners to help patients with persistent dizziness conditions, like MdDS, VM, PPPD.


Q+A – live zoom call with Sue, Michael, Americo and Stephen (Friday 9am Sydney EST)

  • An open Q+A from the audience to the presenters on material covered during their respective talks




Workshop: Vestibular testing and interpretation by Interacoustics (3 hours)


Case studies, interpretation with electro-physiological diagnostics by Interacoustics (Kamran Barin)


  • Attendees will better understand the use and value of diagnostic tests and specific equipment via the use of case studies. The presenter will describe typical clinical cases as they present to clinicians, and then discuss how to triage and work through an algorithm for patient handling. Key points in a patients history will guide the practitioner which assessment to subsequently perform, followed by the interpretation of the results. An algorithm based approach will be presented to help the clinician navigate through typical cases


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Workshop (post-conference) AUD119
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Course release date – 27th November, 2020

Available til 7th December, 2020 

Zoom call 11th December, 2020

Online and available as (unlimited) on-demand viewing through the Brain Hub Academia website

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frequently asked questions

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 or PayPal). 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, up-to-date with many clinical gems shared throughout the event. Advanced material will be presented to ensure all practitioners enhance their current practice and patient outcomes

If you cancel your registration for the main conference (or combination) on/before October 30th, a $50 processing fee will be incurred

If you cancel your registration for the post-conference workshop on/before October 30th, a $30 processing fee will be incurred

If you cancel your registration for the main conference (or combination) after November 1st, a $100 processing fee will be incurred

If you cancel your registration for the post-conference workshop after November 1st, a $50 processing fee will be incurred

No refunds will be issued if cancellations are made after Nov 26th

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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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