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  1. Children's Epilepsy

    ...Epilepsy is a condition where a person has more than one unprovoked seizure. A seizure arises due to a brief electrical disturbance of the brain. There are many types of seizures. Causes of epilepsy include genetic factors, abnormal formation of the brain, head injuries, brain tumours and infectious illnesses. Some people can experience a seizure and not have epilepsy. For example, 3% of young children have febrile seizures. A single seizure does not mean that you have epilepsy. For more...

  2. Epilepsy

    Epilepsy can begin in childhood or adulthood. If someone is having a seizure for the first time, call 000 immediately and ask for an ambulance. Austin Health's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is the leading epilepsy centre in Australia, treating patients from all around the country, New Zealand and South East Asia. We are recognised as an international leader in both clinical care and research. We diagnose, assess and treat adults and children with both new and established epilepsy....

  3. Largest ever study finds links in epilepsy genes

    ...Epilepsy with Austin Health and Laureate Professor with the University of Melbourne, said the study found there were genetic links shared by both severe forms of epilepsy and less severe forms of the disease. "There are approximately 50 million people across the world with epilepsy, a condition that causes repeated seizures due to excessive electrical activity in the brain," Professor Berkovic said. "Epilepsy comes in a number of different forms ranging from less common variations such as...

  4. World-first trial offers hope for epilepsy sufferers

    World-first trial offers hope for epilepsy sufferers A world-first trial taking place at Austin Health will deliver electrical pulses to the "master control centre" in the brain, aiming to halt seizures and restore clear thinking in those whose severe epilepsy doesn't respond to treatment. The trial of deep brain stimulation therapy is for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, an aggressive type of daily epilepsy that typically appears in childhood and causes learning difficulty. The...

  5. ‘New frontier’ trial potentially life changing for severe epilepsy sufferers

    31 May 2019 Molly Corbett was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome as a child and for more than 20 years has endured debilitating seizures multiple times a week. However, as a result of a world-first trial at Austin Health using Deep Brain Stimulation to treat severe epilepsy, Molly recently went 19 days without a seizure - the longest gap she has ever had between attacks. Austin Health Lead Researcher, Dr John Archer, said there are 6500 patients...

  6. Services

    ...Epilepsy registrar must first be contacted through switchboard on 03 9496 5000 to discuss the timing of the EEG and attendance at the ‘First Seizure Clinic'". Routine Electroencephalography: A routine EEG takes approximately 45 minutes to perform. Electrodes will be applied on your head to record EEG. Video will also be recorded to monitor any clinical seizure. You will be asked to close your eyes almost throughout the test. The EEG scientist will also ask you to do some deep...

  7. Staff list

    ...Epilepsy Program Professor Ingrid Scheffer Head of Paediatric Epilepsy Dr. Andrew Hughes Head of Movement Disorders Karyn Owen Nurse Unit Manager - Ward 6 East Annie Roten...

  8. Fellowships

    ...Neurosurgery/Epilepsy Fellowship For a number of years the Austin Hospital has sponsored a Fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery in conjunction with the generous help of Medtronic. This position is for a postgraduate Neurosurgeon with an interest in both the medical and surgical aspects of Epilepsy. At the Austin Hospital and the Epilepsy Research Centre under Professors Gavin Fabinyi and Sam Berkovic, the Fellowship provides experience in the assessment and treatment of all aspects of Epilepsy...

  9. For health professionals

    ...Epilepsy. The principal use of PET in clinical practice is in oncology, with 80% of clinical scans being in cancer patients, and the remainder in neurology (epilepsy and dementia). Oncology 18 F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) continues to be the main radiotracer in use for characterising a range of tumours and to monitor the effects of various forms of therapy. There has been a steady increase in indications approved by Medicare for PET scans so most of the scans do not impose a charge to the...

  10. Ketogenic Diet

    What is the Ketogenic Diet? The Ketogenic Diet is a medically supervised diet that may be a treatment option for some people with epilepsy. It involves a high fat and very low carbohydrate and protein diet that makes the body burn fat rather than carbohydrate and protein for energy. This creates ketones, and when the body is in a high ketone state, called ketosis, the brain no longer uses glucose for energy but instead uses ketones. This can reduce seizure activity in some people. It is...

  11. Medical staff

    ...Epilepsy Surgery and Spinal Surgery (in coordination with the Spinal Orthopaedic Unit) are advertised each year. The Fellowship positions are suitable for postgraduate specialty training but consideration can be given to candidates undergoing advanced training. There are further opportunities for research particularly in the fields of imaging and neuro navigation, brain tumours and epilepsy. Mr Gus Gonzalvo - Director Neurosurgery Mr Gonzalvo is a Neurosurgeon specialising in Spinal...

  12. Outpatients

    ...Epilepsy Paediatric Clinic Diabetic Clinic Days and times Outpatient clinics are situated over two campuses, AustinTowers and the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. Please ensure you have the correct address before attending the clinic. General Paediatric Clinic: Monday 2pm to 5pm Clinic A, Oupatients Department Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Wednesday 2pm to 5pm Clinic B, Outpatients Department Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Thursday 2pm to 5pm Clinic 2, Outpatients...

  13. 2019 Newsroom

    New drug and alcohol service launched Austin Health has launched a new drug and alcohol service, ADAS, which will treat an increased number of clients Home in time for Christmas When 20-year-old Jacob O’Brien went dirt motorbike riding with a mate in August, he didn’t anticipate his life would drastically change in an instant. Awards night celebrates commitment to clinical education Almost 50 staff were recognised for their contribution at the 2019 Austin Health Clinical Education...

  14. Epilepsy

  15. Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

  16. All in the mind: unlocking the mystery of epilepsy - Laureate Professor Samuel Berkovic AM

  17. Staff

    ...Epilepsy Program/Seizure Surgery Follow-Up and Rehabilitation Program Days: Monday to Friday Phone: 03 9496 2560 marie.o'shea@austin.org.au Dr. Jennifer Bradshaw Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist Acute Stroke Unit, Inpatient Medical/Surgical Units, Neurology and Neurosurgery Days: Monday to Thursday Phone: 03 9496 4988 jennifer.bradshaw@austin.org.au Dr. David Weintrob Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist Neurology, Neurosurgery, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and...

  18. Links

    Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria Epilepsy Foundation of America Royal Children's Hospital Children's Epilepsy Program The Butterfly Foundation

  19. Tests

    ...Epilepsy video monitoring, or video EEG monitoring (VEM) is a specialised test for epilepsy that requires you to be admitted to the Neurology or Paediatrics ward at Austin Hospital. During the test, you will stay time connected to an EEG monitor while under constant video surveillance. The typical stay is one to two weeks, and someone who is familiar with your seizures will need to stay with you at all times, including overnight. Epilepsy tests...

  20. Congratulations to our ResearchFest winners!

    Our virtual ResearchFest celebrations came to an end yesterday with the Plenary Lecture . Dr Rob Grenfell from CSIRO Health and Biosecurity spoke about the epidemiology of coronavirus, with a focus on the strengths of Australia’s public health response and details of vaccine development. Our ResearchFest award recipients were also recognised at this online gathering. This year our Austin Medical Research Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist Award was presented to Professor...

  21. Clinical programs

    ...Epilepsy Program Epilepsy Unit Neurodiagnostics Neuroimmunology Neurology Neurosurgery Ophthalmology Orthoptics Stroke Care Unit Vascular Laboratory Vascular Surgery Pharmacy Rehabilitation Services Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Amputee Rehabilitation Neurological Rehabilitation General & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Outpatients and In-Home Services Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Neuropsychology Orthotics and Prosthetics Sexual...

  22. Neurology

    The Department of Neurology provides comprehensive consultative services, diagnostic testing and treatment for neurological conditions which include diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. The 30 bed ward on 6 East in the modern Austin Tower has a four bed Acute Stroke Care Unit and three dedicated video/EEG monitored rooms for patients with epilepsy. Outpatients are seen weekly in one of 10 neurology clinics at either the Austin or Heidelberg Repatriation Hospitals. Tests...

  23. Austin Hospital

    Austin Hospital Phone: 03 9496 5000 Fax: 03 9458 4779 Austin Hospital is our main acute site. It features an expansive Emergency Department that treats nearly 90,000 patients each year and houses a 6-bed children's unit and state-of-the-art 24-bed Short Stay Unit for adults, children and mental health clients a 22-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) that is recognised as one of the world's leading research ICUs our Surgery and Endoscopy Centre, where we perform all...

  24. Clinical Neuropsychology

    The Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at Austin Health provides inpatient and outpatient services to neurosciences, psychiatry, aged care services, and all medical and surgical units. The department caters for adults, with a restricted service available to children (epilepsy only). The department provides patient care, incorporating diagnostic assessment services, involvement in rehabilitation programs, and contributes to treatment/discharge planning procedures. In addition to the...

  25. Referrals

    Referral process We provide adult inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a paediatric epilepsy service. Make a referral by: · Contacting the central office on 03 9496 2795 · Contacting one of our neuropsychologists directly, or · Faxing a written referral form (M17.0) to 03 9496 2219. Reasons to refer Clinical neuropsychologists study changes in thinking and behaviour that might arise from any form of known or suspected brain dysfunction. As such,...

  26. Neurosurgery

    ...Epilepsy and Spinal. We also care for Vascular, Facio-maxillary, Ophthalmology and ENT patients. We have a large referral base from metropolitan Melbourne, country Victoria, interstate, New Zealand and Indonesia. Main Units: Neurosurgery Vascular Surgery Additional Units: ENT Ophthalmology Facio Maxillary...

  27. Molecular Imaging and Therapy

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Nuclear Medicine Bone Mineral Density (BMD) About us The Department of Molecular Imaging and Therapy is one of the largest and most comprehensive clinical and research programs in Australia. We offer a full range of diagnostic scans and in-vitro testing. We perform specialised scans for cardiac, neurology and cancer patients, and develop new radiopharmaceuticals for improved patient diagnosis and management. Complex radionuclide therapy and...

  28. Nursing

    Join our team. Be inspired. A nursing career at Austin Health offers: professional development a huge range of specialties diverse work opportunities and active input into key decisions. Our Graduate Nurse Program is renowned for the level of support offered amd our nurses have access to the largest Clinical Nursing Education Department in Victoria. At Austin Health, we're continually refining and improving our services to ensure patients are receiving the very best...

  29. Paediatrics

    About us Paediatrics is a branch of medicine dedicated to the treatment and specialised care of infants, children and adolescents. The Department of Paediatrics at Austin Health is based in a 12–16 bed inpatient facility, complemented by a number of paediatric outpatient clinics. Ward 2 West cares for patients admitted under all areas of paediatrics. Highly specialised services include programs in paediatric epilepsy, eating disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition,...

  30. Programs

    The Department of Paediatrics at Austin Health has a strong focus on general paediatrics as well as a variety of specialised paediatric programs, including programs designed to help treat epilepsy and eating disorders. To find out more about these programs, click the menu buttons on the right.

  31. Inpatients

    ...Epilepsy Program, and the Eating Disorders Program,as well as a range of medical and surgical specialties. These include ear, nose and throat surgery, orthopaedic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and plastic and facio-maxillary surgery. Our Nurse Unit Manager is Jenny Spiller, who is available should parents require any assistance. A nurse will be allocated to care for each child each shift. Nursing staff are highly experienced and available to discuss any concerns that parents may have at...

  32. Staff

    Senior Medical Staff Professor Ingrid Scheffer Director of Paediatrics Professor Scheffer is a paediatric neurologist and epileptologist. Her research focuses on epilepsy and autism. She has published extensively and is the Chair of Paediatric Neurology Research at the University of Melbourne. Dr Anton Harding Paediatrician Dr Anton Harding is a consultant paediatrician and paediatric endocrinologist. He has worked in the Paediatrics Department for the last 17 years and has an...

  33. 2020 Highlights

    2020 Highlights Hosting a festival of Research during a pandemic has given Austin LifeSciences researchers the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for research in different ways. ResearchFest is a key opportunity to showcase our current and emerging research leaders, and the work they’re doing to transform medical treatment and care – both in Australia and across the world. Our festival of research has been a highlight of the Austin Health academic calendar for 28 years....

  34. Outpatient Clinics

    Outpatient Clinics provide a range of services, including psychological treatment, management, and review, in addition to psychopharmacological treatment and management. Outpatient Clinics provide appointments with a range of high-skilled mental health clinicians and doctors in undertaking regular reviews and ensuring that individuals receive the most appropriate treatment according to their needs. Individual Psychology Clinic The Individual Psychology Clinic comprises of a...

  35. Students

    “I was drawn to the Austin because of its reputation for having a very friendly environment and I have really thrived in the culture of warmth and inclusion. The clinical school staff are really encouraging and approachable. They offer extra tutorials when needed, feedback about our performance, ongoing guidance and constant support during times of stress.” Phoebe Starr - former Austin Clinical School student Spending your clinical years at the Austin Hospital is a brilliant...

  36. Contact us

    ...Epilepsy Program if you are referred by your neurologist or paediatrician. If you are a current parent or carer and need to contact us, please email: Penny Kincade Neuroscience Liaison Nurse penny.kincade@austin.org.au (Email is preferred, otherwise please call (03) 9496 5000 and ask for your name and contact details to be sent to pager number 3030.)...

  37. Registrars

    ...Epilepsy Fellow N/A - Hepatology Clinical Fellow N/A 01/06/2020 29/06/2020 - Hepatobiliary Transplant Surgery Fellow N/A - IBD Clinical Research Fellow N/A - HPB and Transplantation Retrieval/Research Fellow N/A - Infectious Diseases - COVID - Clinical Research Fellow - Aug N/A 21/07/2020 28/07/2020 - Movement Disorder Fellow N/A - Neuroimmunology Fellow N/A -...

  38. July 2019

    ...Epilepsy: a public health imperative Did you know? Clinical Costing video now available...

  39. The vital role of our genetic counsellors

    It's international Genetic Counsellor Awareness Day - giving us reason to celebrate the vital role that our genetic counsellors play in helping people understand the impact of inherited conditions, and make informed choices about their health. "Our genetic counsellors work in a variety of areas including clinical, research and laboratory settings, and provide important support and education to people and families living with genetic conditions. A lot of people aren't aware of the role that...

  40. Schools back for our patients too!

    30 January 2020 Among the chaos that comes with the start of another school year, patients in Austin Health's Paediatrics Unit who can't make it to a traditional classroom have also kicked off their studies for 2020. The 'Austin School' provdes secialised education services to students from around Austin Health who are receiving care for emotional, physical and psychiatric conditions. This year around 80 young patients, mainly 10, 11 and 12 years of age, will be part of the Paediatric...

  41. Our history

    In its early days, the hospital cared for people with 'incurable' diseases, particularly consumption (tuberculosis) and cancer. We also worked to rehabilitate children who had survived polio. See incredible documentary footage of the Austin Hospital for Incurables from 1928 , including of our consumption wards, an operating theatre, laboratory and x-ray. Early 20th century A 'Colony' for Epileptics In 1907, the Talbot Colony for Epileptics was opened in Clayton, named after...

  42. SC Referral Guidleines Family Planning Clinic

    Austin Health Family Planning Clinic holds once weekly outpatient sessions to discuss and plan the treatment of patients with contraception and conditions requiring termination of pregnancy. Young adolescents with complex medical conditions and cyclic or menstrual symptoms can also be seen. Department of Health clinical urgency categories for specialist clinics Urgent: Referrals should be categorised as urgent if the patient has a condition that has the potential to deteriorate quickly,...

  43. Registrar Pager List

    31st August 2020 REGISTRARS 3RD YEAR 2ND YEAR INTERNS Admitting Med Reg Ext 8656 CARDIAC SURG O/C mobile 0431658789 Ch’ng S Kheslat H Florisson D Pradhan N Mob Mob Mob Mob Harvey M 1621 Khan I 1654 CARDIOLOGY O/C Mobile Echo Fell CCU Cath Lab All calls DBH ; O/S ED , W/d Ref Outpatients 0437667563 Pope...

 
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