Headaches: Contemporary Diagnosis and Treatment

Tuesday 14th May 2019
Shanikas Restaurant 55 High St, Berwick VIC 3806
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

GP Symposium Series 2019

Neurosurgical Causes of Headaches: Tumours, Chiari Malformation, Haemorrhage and More

Dr Hazem Akil, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

The vast majority of headaches are benign, self-limiting and do not require neurosurgical assessment. There are, however, a small number of neurosurgical causes of headaches, and their early recognition and treatment can often make the difference between life and death. This talk covers some serious causes of headaches which may require surgical intervention.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the range of clinical presentations of brain tumours, Chiari malformations, subarachnoid haemorrhage, and cervicogenic headaches
2. Recognise the key aspects of early management, including the use of imaging modalities
3. Assess the role of surgery, and recent advances which may impact on outcome

Headaches- Blocks, Stimulators and an Integrated Treatment Approach

Dr Meena Mittal, Pain Specialist & Anaesthetist

The investigation and diagnosis of headaches is frequently arduous and complex. This talk covers the important types of common and uncommon headaches, and outlines the range of cutting-edge treatment options available, including blocks, radiofrequency denervations, botox and neuromodulation. A multidisciplinary approach and its rationale is emphasised.

Learning outcomes

1. Assess the presentation and diagnosis of common and uncommon causes of headaches
2. Recognise the indications and role of diagnostic blocks and radiofrequency denervations in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches
3. Identify the role of Botox, occipital nerve and spinal cord stimulation in managing the refractory patient

Neuroradiology for the General Practitioner

Dr Vijay Patheyar, Lead Radiologist – Capital Radiology Berwick

Brain scans are frequently ordered to investigate a variety of suspected intracranial conditions. Patients are often anxious after seeing their report, and it often falls on the GP to offer an explanation of the findings while they wait to see a neurologist or neurosurgeon. This talk covers key elements of neuroanatomy and neuroradiology to assist GPs in interpreting radiology reports and in walking patients through their brain scans.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the key neuroanatomical structures on MRI and CT brain investigations
2. Recognise the indications for MRI brain versus CT brain, and the advantages and limitations of each modality
3. Assess the appearance of common intracranial pathologies on CT and MRI

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.


Shanikas Restaurant
55 High St,
Berwick VIC 3806


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