28 August

Wednesday 28th August 2019
Matteo’s Restaurant 533 Brunswick Street, Melbourne, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Parkinson’s Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation, Scoliosis
-Recent Advances

Deep Brain Stimulation and Spinal Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease – Recent Advances

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

The treatment of Parkinson’s disease has been revolutionised by the advent of deep brain stimulation. The field is evolving rapidly and this seminar aims to bring you up to date with the current indications for surgery, expected outcomes, and tips for the management of these patients after surgery. Spinal problems are also common in Parkinson’s disease, and their diagnosis and management will be also be reviewed.

Learning outcomes:
1. Identify the main clinical features of Parkinson’s disease
2. Appreciate the technical aspects and principles of deep brain stimulation
3. Recognise the indications for deep brain stimulation, as well as the expected outcomes

Parkinson’s Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment Update

Dr Mina Gahly, Neurologist

The clinical presentation of Parkinson’s Disease is reviewed, together with the important differentiating features from other conditions. The natural history and current medical management options will be discussed.

Learning outcomes:
1. Identify the clinical presentation and natural history of Parkinson’s disease
2. Assess the range of pharmacological and other non-surgical options for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
3. Recognise which patients may be suitable for deep brain stimulation and the optimal timing of this

Adult Scoliosis- Investigation and Treatment. When is Surgery Indicated?

Mr Greg Etherington, Spine & Scoliosis Surgeon

As the population ages, spinal problems in general, and degenerative scoliosis specifically, are becoming more common. Management of patients with back pain and/or leg pain in the setting of radiological scoliosis can be difficult and in many cases treacherous. The presentation of adult scoliosis, its investigation and treatment are reviewed. The complementary role of non-surgical and surgical treatment is discussed, together with the consideration which may lead to a surgical recommendation.

Learning outcomes:
1. Assess the presentation, clinical findings and treatment options for spinal deformities in adults.
2. Identify the appropriate investigations which assist in making an accurate diagnosis.
3. Understand the role of multidisciplinary management of patients with adult scoliosis

This activity has been submitted for accreditation of 4 category 2 points, as part of the racgp qi & cpd in the 2017-2019 triennium. Activity number pending.


Matteo’s Restaurant
533 Brunswick Street,
Melbourne, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Driving directions


To RSVP, fill out the quick form below by Monday 26th August 2019.

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