Stroboscopy Diagnostic Workshop for ENT’s and SP’s – Melbourne (2019)

This workshop incorporates lecture and practical hands-on exposure to laryngeal videostroboscopy from a teaching faculty of Laryngologists and Speech Pathologists. Participants will learn and refine their endoscopy technique, develop their interpretation skills of laryngeal videostroboscopy and cultivate their multidisciplinary treatment planning.

New date – Saturday 20th July, Epworth Hospital Clinical Education and Simulation Centre, Level 5, Cato Wing, 89 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Melbourne

How to get there:

SPECIAL NOTE: discounted $20 parking vouchers for the Epworth Carpark will be available on the day!

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Melbourne: 20th July, 2019

Epworth Hospital Clinical Education and Simulation Centre, Level 5, Cato Wing, 89 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Melbourne

How to get there:

SPECIAL NOTE: discounted $20 parking vouchers for the Epworth Carpark will be available on the day!

This workshop incorporates lecture and practical hands-on exposure to laryngeal videostroboscopy from a teaching faculty of Laryngologists and Speech Pathologists. Participants will learn and refine their endoscopy technique, develop their interpretation skills of laryngeal videostroboscopy and cultivate their multidisciplinary treatment planning.

Learning objectives

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Describe the components of normal vocal fold vibration
  • Demonstrate the components of a comprehensive laryngeal videostroboscopic exam
  • Interpret a laryngeal videostroboscopy exam
  • Make a subsequent diagnosis and management recommendations in the multidisciplinary setting
  • Demonstrate basic endoscopic techniques for the use of rigid and flexible laryngeal endoscopy

Program Outline

8:00am – 5:00pm

The Basics:  Functional anatomy of voice production

  • History and science behind stroboscopy
  • Advantages of stroboscopy over WLE

Describing What I See?

  • Review of “normal” stroboscopic examinations
  • Vibratory parameters
  • Glottal closure patterns
  • Spectrum of normal
  • Videostroboscopy Rating

Comprehensive Laryngeal Examination:

  • Equipment and supplies
  • Dynamic laryngeal exam – standardized assessment protocol
  • Indications for stroboscopy – rigid vs flexible
  • Live demonstrations “how to perform a stroboscopic examination”
  • Techniques for difficult patients

Practical Skills Session

  • Hands-On Endoscopy Training (Rigid and Flexible)

Review of Stroboscopic Examinations Part 1 – mucosal problems and Part 2 – non mucosal problems

  • Diagnosis of common voice conditions with:
    • Discussion of findings on strobe
  • ENT/SLP collaboration – therapeutic vs. medical management/establishing a treatment plan and treatment principles

Grand Rounds Case Review

  • Case examples
  • Difficult / challenging cases
  • General Q&A


About the Faculty

Dr Amanda Richards FRACS, MBBS, Bsc – Laryngologist

Dr Amanda Richards completed her Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery training in Melbourne. Amanda was then accepted at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York, which allowed her to focus on the field of Laryngology and become one of the few fellowship-trained Voice and Swallowing specialists in Australia.

Amanda’s expertise includes care of professional singers and performers, surgery of the vocal folds, laser treatments of the larynx, airway and swallowing disorders and office-based procedures.

Access to emerging techniques in this highly specialised area provides patients with a wide range of treatment options to achieve the best outcomes.Along with her Laryngology expertise, Amanda also has specialty training in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery and is uniquely positioned to treat the entire spectrum of benign and malignant Laryngeal disorders.

Dr Richards also has public hospital appointments at The Alfred Hospital and Western Health as a consultant Ear, Nose and Throat, Head & Neck Surgeon.


Dr Georgina Harris

Dr Georgina Harris is a consultant ENT surgeon and laryngologist who heads the multidisciplinary Voice Assessment Centre at St Vincent Hospital, Sydney. After completing her Otolaryngology, Head and Neck training in NSW, Dr Harris pursued her passion for laryngology and voice, culminating in an 18-month fellowship. She has trained with cutting-edge laryngologists at UC Davis in California and completed the laryngology fellowship in London at UCL and Imperial College. Her interests include vocal cord palsy and laryngeal reinnervation, respiratory papilloma, transgender patients and professional voice users. She has a passion for education and teaching and remains involved with multiple airway and laryngology courses both in Australia and internationally.


Dr Neil Vallance

Mr Vallance is an Australian-trained Otolaryngologist (Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon) with an illustrious career spanning 33 years across all areas of ENT and Head and Neck surgery, focussing on the past 25 years on the sub-specialties of Head and Neck cancer and Laryngology. In 1976, he received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne and completed Otolaryngology Training in Australia to attain Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1984.

Neil has been Consultant Surgeon at Albury Wodonga (1984-1989), St Vincents, Melbourne (1990-1992), Monash Health and then served as Head of the ENT Department at Monash Medical Centre from 1991-currently. In 1992, he co-founded the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre, the first privatised multi-disciplinary voice clinic in Victoria and one of only three in Australia at the time. He also holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer position at Monash University and has been a supervisor for PhD, Masters and post-graduate students over the past 10 years. Mr Vallance is a member of the Royal Australasian College ofSurgeons (RACS), Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (ASOHNS), American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service. He has been a member and Chairman of the Victorian State Training Committee (ASOHNS), examiner and senior examiner for RACS, and Chairman of the Board of OHNS. In 2014-2016, Mr Vallance was Chairperson of the Ethics Committee for the Royal Australian College of Surgery and National President of ASOHNS.


Dr Cate Madill PhD, BAppSc (SpPath Hons), BA (Hons), CPSP – Speech Pathologist

Cate has worked as a voice trainer, Speech Pathologist and voice therapist for the last 20 years. She is recognised nationally and internationally and has published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

She is regularly invited to speak to media, offering insight into wide ranging topics, from the secrets of a great radio voice to the speech patterns of politicians. Read and listen to her media appearnaces here.

Dr Madill originally trained as an actor at Flinders University of South Australia during which time she discovered the work of Jo Estill and ‘Voicecraft™’, an approach to voice training that focuses on empowering the individual to maximise their voice through knowledge and skill. She pursued this approach over the next 10 years and is comprehensively trained in use of the techniques.

Working as a voice coach in Sydney fuelled her interest in vocal function and disorder, leading to completion of a Speech Pathology degree in 1998, with honours and the University medal for her research into describing vocal function.  She then worked in aged care rehabilitation services and in a voice practice for the next 5 years. She has worked as a part-time lecturer in Voice in both Speech Pathology and Acting degrees whilst completing her PhD in voice quality and personality attribution research.

Since taking up a University lecturing and research position, she has expanded her research in voice into investigating the supra-normal speaking voice, principles of motor learning in voice therapy and training, laryngeal biomechanics and optimising vocal function in the treatment of professional voice users such as teachers, singers, actors barriers & public speakers. She has applied this knowledge to treatment of voice clients in her private practice over the last 12 years.

Cate is an Honorary Associate of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, a member of the Australian Voice Association, the NSW Voice Interest Group and the NSW Evidence-Based Practice in Voice working group. She is voice consultant to the radio department at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and has conducted voice training workshops for actors, singers, teachers, call centres and auctioneers. She has undergone training in a range of voice techniques including Voicecraft™, Estill Voice Training™, Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice, LSVT.

She is experienced in diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders in voice professionals and training increased vocal effectiveness in those people who depend on vocal skill to inform, move, motivate and inspire.


Dr Debbie Phyland PhD, BAppSc (SpPath), Dip Ed, MAppSc, FSPAA, CPSP – Speech Pathologist

Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist with over 30 years experience working predominantly in the acute medical and private practice contexts. She is also a singer and has combined her love of performance with her speech pathology career by focusing over the last twenty years on the area of voice.

In 1996, she completed her Master’s Degree researching voice problems of singers. She is a co-founder and partner of The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre. Debbie works in private practice, Voice Medicine Australia, focussing on the assessment and treatment of voice problems. She completed her doctorate studies in the area of voice in 2015.

Over the past twenty years she has also been working for Melbourne Theatre Company and other professional production companies in an occupational health capacity offering programs for the prevention and remediation of voice problems. Debbie also currently works part-time as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the ENT Head and Neck Department of Monash Health. Along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has been honoured with the prestigious Speech Pathology Australia Association’s Elinor Wray Innovation and Promotion Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession’ (2010). She has also been the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship (2002), Victorian Green Room Award ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Melbourne Stage’ (2012), and Australian Voice Association award ‘Outstanding contribution to the Australian voice community’ (2014). Most recently she has been awarded a Garnett Passe & Rodney Williams Post Doctoral Research fellowship (2016-2018) to explore inflammation and the development of benign laryngeal pathologies. She is currently the President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia and a member of the Voice Sub-Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.

As well as her interest in the singing voice, she is particularly interested in voice problems due to neurological dysfunction and in the paediatric and adolescent voice. She is a strong advocate for the promotion of voice and pursuit of clinical excellence in laryngology field.

Who is this event for?

This event is for speech pathologists and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons working in the area of voice seeking further training in diagnostic stroboscopy. Please note due to the limited number of places AVA Members will be given priority.


Important Information

This course is limited to 24 participants to ensure adequate hands-on time for everyone. We anticipate this course will fill quickly and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Registration includes a course manual and provision of all meals.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice of cancellation must be provided no later than 12 August. There will be no refunds issued after 12 August 2017.

Additional information


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