Neck Pain and Headaches: Diagnosis & Contemporary Treatment Options

Thursday 21st March 2019
Matteo's Restaurant 533 Brunswick St, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
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 cover some serious causes of headaches which may require surgical intervention.

Learning outcome

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

Neck Pain, Brachialgia and Cervical Spine Surgery in 2019

Dr Mo Awad, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

Cervical spine pathology increases with age, and can cause debilitating neck pain, arm pain and headaches. Keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and artificial disc replacement are employed increasingly. What is their role? Do they work? Which patients may be suitable? Sinister causes of neck pain, concentrating on their early recognition and investigation, will be discussed. The post-operative management of patients after discharge will also be explored.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the presentation of cervical spine pathology, its investigation, and the range of treatment options
2. Assess the role of artificial disc replacement (arthroplasty) as an alternative to fusion

Headaches – Blocks, Stimulators and an Integrated Treatment Approach

Dr Richard Sullivan, Pain Specialist and 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

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 St,
Fitzroy North VIC 3068


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