Neurology and Pain Management – Update 2019 – 11 June

Tuesday 11th June 2019
Plume Chinese Restaurant 546 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster VIC 3108
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 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

Motor Neurone Disease

Dr Felix Ng, Neurologist

The clinical presentation of motor neurone disease will be discussed, together with the key diagnostic features, differential diagnosis and electrophysiological findings. Clinical management will be reviewed.

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise the common clinical presentations of motor neurone disease and the differential diagnosis
2. Understand the diagnostic process for suspected MND and the role of nerve conduction studies

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 its 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.


Plume Chinese Restaurant
546 Doncaster Rd,
Doncaster VIC 3108


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