Headaches: Contemporary Diagnosis and Treatment

Tuesday 21st May 2019
Woodland House 78 Williams Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

GP Symposium Series 2019

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

Professor Richard Bittar, 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

Headache Management- Medication Overuse Headaches and Other Pitfalls

Dr Meena Mittal, Pain Specialist & Anaesthetist

The management of headaches is frequently difficult, and pharmacological therapies remain the mainstay of treatment. This talk covers the common medications used to treat a variety of headaches, and a range of pitfalls commonly encountered.

Learning outcomes

1. Assess the drug classes available to treat headaches, and their indications
2. Recognise the pitfalls of pharmacological treatment
3. Identify the presentation and management of medication-overuse headaches

Headaches- Blocks, Stimulators and an Integrated Treatment Approach

Dr Richard Sullivan, 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 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

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.


Woodland House
78 Williams Rd, Prahran VIC 3181


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