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  1. Epilepsy

    Epilepsy is a common condition that causes people to have unpredictable and recurrent seizures, caused by sudden disruptions to the electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy can begin in childhood or adulthood. We are the leading epilepsy centre in Australia. We treat patients from around Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. We are recognised as an international leader in both clinical care and research. Depending on your needs, you may be referred for an appointment at one of...

  2. Children's epilepsy

    ...Epilepsy is a common condition that causes people to have unpredictable and recurrent seizures. There are many types of epilepsy. Many types of epilepsy begin in childhood. Some people can experience a seizure and not have epilepsy. For example, 3 per cent of young children have febrile seizures. A single seizure does not mean that your child has epilepsy. Anti-epileptic medication controls seizures for most people. For some people, medication does not allow full seizure control. The...

  3. Special recognition for two world-leading epilepsy researchers

    ...Epilepsy Program in Austin Health’s Department of Neurology, today received the Leonard Cox Award for his contribution to epilepsy diagnosis and management. The Leonard Cox Award was established in 2000 to “ recognise an investigator who has contributed significantly to neuroscience research at an early stage of their career ” and A/Prof Perucca has been acknowledged for his work in the field of focal epilepsies genetics. Focal epilepsies are the most prevalent epilepsy...

  4. $3 million MRFF grant for epilepsy researchers

    ...Epilepsy researchers from Austin Health and University of Melbourne have secured almost $3 million in funding from the Medical Research Future Fund to discover the causes of the most devastating forms of epilepsy, called the developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs). The revolutionary work led by Associate Professor Michael Hildebrand alongside Laureate Professors Ingrid Scheffer, Sam Berkovic and Associate Professor Piero Perucca will shine light on the causes of these severe...

  5. Epilepsy 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...

  6. For health professionals

    ...Epilepsy registrar must first be contacted through switchboard on 03 9496 5000 to discuss the timing of the EEG and attendance at the clinic. Routine EEG A routine EEG takes approximately 45 minutes to perform. Electrodes will be applied to your patient's head to record EEG. Video will also be recorded to monitor any clinical seizure. Sleep deprived EEG A patient may be referred for sleep deprivation test if the initial EEG is negative. An EEG performed after a night of sleep...

  7. Austin doctors use rare treatment to change Emily's life

    30 June 2021 A patient with epilepsy has been seizure free since February after undergoing a new and rare treatment that Austin Health doctors hope could eliminate seizures without the need for open-brain surgery in some epilepsy patients. Austin Health’s Associate Professor John Archer said patient, Emily Rolley, was diagnosed with epilepsy 15 years ago at the age of seven and was previously having seizures multiple times a day. Emily and John spoke Nine News yesterday about the...

  8. PET scans

    ...community. Epilepsy We diagnose, assess and treat adults and children with both new and established epilepsy. Brain & nerve conditions We care for and treat people for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Children's epilepsy We assess, care for and treat children and adolescents with epilepsy. Related services Referrals For patients You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service. For health professionals Find out...

  9. Latest news

    ...Epilepsy researchers from Austin Health and University of Melbourne have secured almost $3 million in funding from the Medical Research Future Fund to discover the causes of the most devastating forms of epilepsy, called the developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs). The monitoring device helping Jessica to live with diabetes 16 July 2021 - It's National Diabetes Week, helping to reduce stigma attached to having diabetes and increasing awareness of life-changing devices like the...

  10. Nerve & brain conditions

    ...Epilepsy We diagnose, assess and treat adults and children with both new and established epilepsy. Stroke We care for and treat people after a stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), in hospital, the Emergency Department and in our outpatient clinics. Multiple sclerosis & related disorders We treat people with Multiple Sclerosis and other disorders caused by changes in immunity that affect the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles). Diagnosing brain, spinal cord,...

  11. Neurology team

    ...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...

  12. Fellowships

    ...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 surgery as well...

  13. 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...

  14. Diagnosing brain, nerve & muscle disorders

    ...Epilepsy We diagnose, assess and treat adults and children with both new and established epilepsy. Children's epilepsy We assess, care for and treat children and adolescents with epilepsy. Stroke We care for and treat people after a stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), in hospital, the Emergency Department and in our outpatient clinics. Nerve & brain conditions We care for and treat people for diseases of the brain, nerves and muscles. Related services Referrals For patients...

  15. For health professionals

    ...Epilepsy referrals 18 F-FDG PET is used to assist in the selection of patients for surgical treatment of epilepsy, especially temporal lobe epilepsy. Dementia referrals 18 F-FDG PET plays in important role in the evaluation of dementia and in discriminating between certain dementias such as Alzheimers Disease and Fronto Temoporal Dementia and Diffuse Lewy Body Disease. Our equipment Radiochemistry We are equipped with the Cyclone 18/9 cyclotron, from IBA, that includes both a...

  16. Paediatrics

    ...Epilepsy Paediatric Clinic Diabetic Clinic Important times on the Paediatrics ward Children's meals and mealtimes Your child’s meals will be provided. Meals will also be provided for mothers of breastfed babies. Menus are available and our dietitian is also available to assist if required. Meal times: Breakfast: 8am Lunch: 12:30pm Dinner: 5:30pm Doctors' rounds Doctors’ rounds may start as early as 8.30am. During this time the doctor will review the...

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

  18. Brain surgery

    ...Epilepsy Brain tumours Brain aneurysms (bulging blood vessels in your brain) Diseases and injuries that damage your nerves, including tumours and trapped nerves Pancoast tumours (a rare kind of lung tumour) Intracranial and intraspinal tumours Pituitary tumours Other general neurosurgery Head of unit Mr Gus Gonzalvo Epilepsy We diagnose, assess and treat adults and children with both new and established epilepsy. Blood vessel surgery We care for and treat people for...

  19. Paediatrics clinics

    ...Epilepsy Paediatric Clinic Diabetic Clinic Our clinics Days and times Our clinics are held at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. Please ensure you have the correct address before attending the clinic. General Paediatric Clinic Monday 2pm to 5pm Clinic A, Specialist Clinics Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Wednesday 2pm to 5pm Clinic B, Specialist Clinics Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Thursday 2pm to 5pm Clinic B, Specialist Clinics Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital...

  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. Registrars

    ...Epilepsy Fellow N/A - Epilepsy Imaging Fellow N/A 11/05/2021 08/06/2021 - Hepatology Clinical Fellow N/A 03/05/2021 31/05/2021 - Hepatobiliary Transplant Surgery Fellow N/A - IBD Clinical Research Fellow N/A 03/05/2021 31/05/2021 - HPB and Transplantation Retrieval/Research Fellow N/A 02/08/2021 29/08/2021 - Infectious Diseases - COVID - Clinical Research Fellow N/A - Movement...

  22. Austin Hospital

    Phone: 03 9496 5000 Fax: 03 9458 4779 About Austin Hospital Austin Hospital 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 emergency surgery as well as a...

  23. For patients

    Neurodiagnostics ultrasound Ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to produce a picture. Ultrasound can be used to look at the arteries of the neck and brain to investigate the blood flow. A carotid ultrasound looks at the arteries in the neck, which supply the brain. The test uses a probe placed against the skin on the neck. It is not painful and there are no side effects. The test takes around 30 minutes to complete. A Transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound looks at the blood flow of...

  24. Brain surgery team

    ...Epilepsy Fellow Dr Wayne Ng - Senior Registrar Dr Fahmi Abdul Jalil - Unaccredited Registrar Mr Gonzalvo is a Neurosurgeon specialising in Spinal Surgery and Skull Base Surgery. He is one of the very few surgeons in Australia to have been trained in combined neurosurgery and orthopaedic spinal fellowships for three years. His areas of expertise are microsurgery and keyhole surgery of the spine, complex reconstructive interventions for spinal fractures and deformity,...

  25. Molecular imaging & therapy

    About us Our scans are used to: Find out what's wrong with you See if your treatment is working effectively Monitor to see if your disease is coming back Molecular imaging is particularly useful for cancer and neurology patients, and for helping identify people at risk of heart attack. We have an excellent track record in research in basic science and clinical studies. We have strong links with Austin Health's Neuroscience Department, particularly in epilepsy and psychiatry, and...

  26. Nursing careers

    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 and 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...

  27. Awards

    Prizes and Awards 2021-overview A range of generous prizes are on offer for ResearchFest 2021. All prizes and awards are expected to be redeemed before April 2023. Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted for ResearchFest 2021. Preference will be given to projects with Austin Health/Mercy Health Site Governance authorisation and ethics approval. Projects with similar progress milestones will be selected for comparison. Winners will be announced...

  28. 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....

  29. Victorian Spinal Cord Service

    The Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS) provides services to all Victorians and Tasmanians, and to people in the Murray district of New South Wales. We are recognised for our success in improving the quality of life for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Your care is provided by a team made up of many different specialties who work together to maximise your recovery and function after SCI. We work closely with many other Austin Health services, including intensive care, imaging,...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. Psychology

    ...Epilepsy Neurological disease Drug and alcohol disorders Learning disabilities Stroke We help patients and our care teams: Understand cognitive strengths and weakness and their impact on function Manage complex behaviours and development of comprehensive behaviour plans Diagnose brain dysfunction Provide treatment strategies and discharge planning for patients with cognitive and/or behavioural changes Our services Our psychologists work in a number of services at...

  33. Spinal surgery

    Our services We treat the following conditions: Spinal trauma Spinal tumours Spinal emergencies such as cauda equina syndrome, infection, epidural haematoma Disc protrusions and spinal stenosis causing intractable pain, radiculopathy and neurological deficit Spinal pain and nerve pain Neurological deficit, difficulty walking and paralysis Deformity Infection Clinics We run the following clinics: Spinal Surgery Clinic (Thursdays) Find out more about clinic times...

  34. Stroke

    Stroke About us The Stroke Unit provides 24/7 access to acute stroke treatment. We offer thrombolysis (a 'clot busting' drug) and endovascular clot retrieval (procedure to remove blockages in the brain), as well as on-site referrals to Neurosurgery and Vascular Surgery. After a stroke, you will be cared for on our Neurology ward, and assessed and cared for by a specialised team of nurses and allied health. The ward has a 4-bed Stroke High Dependency Unit. which includes a and assessed...

  35. 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,...

  36. 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...