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Vestibular Rehabilitation Course - North East Branch

Vestibular Rehabilitation Course - North East Branch

  • 23 Mar, 2018 to 24 Mar, 2018
  • 8.45 - 4.30 Friday
  • 9 - 4 Saturday
Louth County Hospital Physiotherapy Department

Presenter Name

Dara Meldrum and Doug Duffy

Target Participant Level


Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

€260 (Subsidised rate) (Standard)
€150 (Subsidised rate)
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
€150 (Subsidised rate)
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

•Gain an advanced knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and apply this knowledge to identify clinical signs of vestibular disorders

•Be able to perform and interpret a physiotherapy vestibular evaluation including an oculomotor examination, positional testing, balance and gait examination, and dynamic visual acuity testing

•Be able to identify red flags including the difference between peripheral and central vestibular signs •Be able to use the results of the clinical vestibular examination to formulate a problem list

•Understand and treat common vestibular disorders including BPPV, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, and vestibular migraine using an evidence based approach

•Incorporate vestibular rehabilitation concepts into other treatment plans, i.e. falls prevention, care of the elderly, and concussion.

Event Description

Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation covering vestibular Anatomy and Physiology, BPPV, Oculomotor examination, balance and gait testing, and treatment of BPPV and peripheral hypofunction. Also covering vestibular migraines and central vestibular disorders, and cervicogenic dizziness.

Please note: Tea and coffee will be porovided but not lunch. There is a canteen and local shops that can supply lunch. 

Presenter Profile

Dr. Dara Meldrum is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Surgeons, and also works clinically at the Balance Centre in Ranelagh, Dublin.  She graduated from Trinity College Dublin and worked in Physiotherapy departments in Canada and Ireland, specialising in neuro-rehabilitation. She obtained a MSc. in Neuro-rehabilitation from Brunel University.  She then held a senior physiotherapist post in neurology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and held a pharma funded research post there for a number of years. In 1996 she started the first formalized vestibular rehabilitation service in Ireland at Beaumont Hospital.  Her research is primarily in neuro-rehabilitation with particular interest in vestibular rehabilitation and computerised motion analysis.  She was awarded a Health Research Board Research Training Fellowship in August 2010 to carry out a randomized controlled trial in the area of vestibular rehabilitation and obtained her PhD in 2014. She has published over 30 peer reviewed publications, 4 book chapters and has over 50 conference proceedings. She lectures and teaches extensively in the area of vestibular rehabilitation. She completed a Diploma in Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has worked as consultant to pharma on several phase II clinical trials. In the past she has received funding from Technopharm, the Irish Health Research Board, Research Motor Neuron and the Post-Polio Society of Ireland. She is presently funded by Enterprise Ireland to investigate the feasibility of commercialising a technology she has developed for use in vestibular rehabilitation. 

Dr. Douglas Duffy, DPT MISCP, recieved his doctorate in physiotherapy from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, USA in 2004. He has a post-doctoral certificate in vestibular rehabilitation run by the leading experts in the field. After training and working in America, he moved to Ireland in 2006.  He is also currently the Senior Physiotherapist in the Eye and Ear Hospital (part-time). He has given numerous lectures and taught courses on the subject and is the clinical tutor on vestibular disorders at the Eye and Ear hospital for UCD and Trinity medical students. 

Cost to Attend

Please note that this course has been subsidised by the North East Branch of the ISCP and is suitable for qualified Physiotherapists only.

ISCP member - €150 (Subsidised rate)

Non-ISCP member Physiotherapist - €260 (Subsidised rate)

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