Stroboscopy Diagnostic Workshop for ENT’s and SP’s – Sydney

This workshop incorporates lectures 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.

Saturday 2 September 2017 Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Camperdown, Sydney

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Sydney: Saturday 2 September 2017 Education Room, Level 5, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Camperdown, Sydney

This workshop incorporates lectures 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
  • Stroboscopy in Head and Neck Cancer
  • 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 Daniel Novakovic FRACS, MPH, MBBS, Bsc – Laryngologist

Dr Daniel Novakovic is an Australian trained Otolaryngologist (Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon) with specialised fellowship training in Laryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. He graduated from the University of Sydney Medical School in 2000 and completed Otolaryngology Training in Australia to attain Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2007.

Dr Novakovic is one of the few people in Australia to undergo formal fellowship training in the field of laryngology and specifically neurolaryngology having spent a year working at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders in Manhattan under the guidance of Dr Andrew Blitzer, Dr Marshall Strome and Dr Lucian Sulica. He has also completed fellowships in Head & Neck Oncology at University of Toronto Canada and St Vincents Hospital Sydney.

Daniel has interests in population Health and was awarded a Masters of Public Health from University of NSW in 2004. He has active research interests in the areas of respiratory papillomatosis, mucosal wound healing, laser-tissue interactions as well as neurological disorders of the larynx such as vocal fold paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia.

Dr Novakovic has published articles in internationally acclaimed journals, presented research papers at National and International meetings and published book chapters in the areas of Laryngology, Head and Neck Oncology and the use of neurotoxins in the Head & Neck amongst other topics. He acts as a reviewer for journals in the subspecialty area of Laryngology. In the past year he has lectured in Australia, Korea, New Zealand and USA

Dr Novakovic is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, American Laryngological Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Australian Medical Association, Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare and sits on the board of the Australian Voice Association


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 Carsten Palme MBBS, FRACS

Dr Carsten Palme is an Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Sydney with over 20 years of experience. Dr Palme is the Director of Head and Neck Surgery at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and a senior member of the head neck service at Westmead Hospital.

After attending medical school at the University of Sydney Dr Palme completed four years of advanced training in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2002. Dr Palme completed post-training fellowships in the American Head and Neck Oncology Program, University of Toronto, Canada and in Laser Surgery, University of Göttingen, Germany. Dr Palme is the inaugural recipient in 2009 of the Chris O’Brien Travelling Fellowship Award. In 2011 Dr Palme was awarded the Coman Kennedy Laser Scholarship. In 2012 the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons presented Dr Palme with a “Certificate of Outstanding Services “.

Dr Palme is active in both research and education and has convened and organised many national and international courses and conferences. Dr Palme has published widely in peer reviewed journals, written many book chapters and recently edited a book on skin cancer of the head neck. Dr Palme is a much sought after and regular invited speaker both at national and international meetings.

Dr Palme has particular interest and expertise in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, salivary gland disorders and tumors, advanced skin cancer and all aspects of head and neck cancer. Dr Palme is particularly well known for his extensive experience in minimally invasive head neck surgery and practices both transoral laser and robotic surgery.

Dr Palme is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Head and Neck Surgery, the American Head and Neck Surgery Society and the Laryngological Society of Australia.


Laura Moroney B SpPath

Laura is a University of Queensland graduate, with a special interest in the areas of voice and head and neck cancer.

After working in country QLD as a new graduate she joined the speech pathology team at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital in 2009. She has been running the RBWH ENT & SP Voice Diagnostic Clinic since 2009, working closely with ENT surgeons and Neurologists to diagnose and treat a variety of voice disorders.

She is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the patterns of dysphagia and acute toxicity in head and neck cancer patients undergoing helical Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy.

Laura sits on the board of the Australian Voice Association managing the professional development portfolio and is the chair of the QLD Health Endoscopic Evaluation of Voice Statewide Working Group and a steering committee member of the QLD Health Voice Special Interest Group. She enjoys the opportunity to promote the field of voice through this role and with the AVA board.


Georgia Magarey BA, MSpPath, Grad Cert (Voice Studies), CPSP – Speech Pathologist

Georgia Magarey is a fully qualified Speech Pathologist who gained her Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in 2006. She specialises in management of the voice and its disorders along with swallowing impairments.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, she spent several years abroad which included working as an English Language Assistant in France and this, combined with a passion for both science and the arts, lead her to a career in Speech Pathology.

Georgia has worked extensively in the acute hospital setting including Austin Health and Monash Health as well as in private practice. She spent a year at the University of Toronto, Canada in the Swallowing Laboratory conducting research in swallowing disorders in the critically ill.  Her international experience and love of travel further enhanced her skills in the area of accent clarification.

Working onsite at Pinnacle Surgery with Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon Dr Amanda Richards, she has direct access to specialist diagnostic expertise and equipment. Dr Richards has international fellowship training in the diagnosis of laryngeal disorders and is one of Australia’s leading voice specialists.

Georgia understands that every voice has different demands whether you are a professional singer, footy coach or parent!  She also has a special interest in working with people suffering from chronic cough and vocal cord dysfunction.

Georgia has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Voice Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts to complement her skills as a Speech Pathologist and follow her passion for all things voice.

Georgia currently serves on the board at the Australian Voice Association (AVA) in professional development and is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA).


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.

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