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How common are swallowing problems in a general adult population?

This paper reports on the largest cross-continent study to date, looking at the prevalence of swallowing problems reported by adults in the community aged 18-65 years old. The authors used the Eating Assessment Tool (EAT-10) distributed via an online survey...

Vorotek O Scope - a revolution in binocular E.N.T. visualisation

The Vorotek O Scope is a head-worn microscope alternative that delivers outstanding binocular vision in narrow cavities.

Benchmarking for innovation in healthcare ­– an approach from 
Down Under and a gap in the 
National Health Service?

Benchmarking is a process of comparison between the performance characteristics of separate, often competing, organisations intended to enable each participant to improve its own performance [1]. Often, in healthcare, benchmarking is carried out by central government departments or regional agencies...

Seven things ENT surgeons can learn from the hairdressers

In a nod to our origins as barber surgeons, Australian ENT surgeon and blogger Eric Levi gives us an entertaining insight into what he has learned from his hairdresser that makes him a better doctor. I’ve been to the hairdressers...

The 73rd Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

By Sandro Leite, ORL Fellow, Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, NZ. Social distancing has been advised worldwide due to COVID-19, but New Zealand was considered safe enough to hold a face-to-face meeting. After months of preparations, the safety for the meeting...

The basis of the bargain: outcomes not inputs

There are international drivers focusing our attention on measuring outcomes; Anthony Hogan looks at the data to see how we are currently measuring up. Introduction A global paradigm change is impacting on the provision of disability services. At its heart,...

Voice impairment following spinal cord injury

Patients with cervical spinal cord injury face several clinical problems. One of the problems is voice impairment secondary to poor respiratory support. Their syllables per breath, vocal intensity and vocal quality are impaired. This paper studied the impact of the...

Improving palliative care training for speech pathologists

There has been a steady increase in the number of people with swallowing, communication and cognitive disorders requiring palliative care. They require specialised, and complex care. This study tries to find out whether speech language pathologists are adequately trained to...

Pretend placements: simulation is as good as the real thing

Clinical placements are now, more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, a huge time and personnel commitment. Recently, allied health students have had huge changes to their placements, often undertaking them entirely remotely. This article describes a novel method of...

Training Devices to help volunteers do correct nasal swabs for COVID-19

Fusetec, an Australian company, manufactures fully operable, soft tissue surgical training devices that are used in FESS courses for surgical training. These devices are recommended by Professor PJ Wormald.

Four-day Vestibular Assessment Course with Dr Kamran Barin

Report by Simon Merry, Chiropractor, Inner west family chiropractic, NSW, Australia. Interacoustics recently hosted a fantastic four-day seminar series on the testing and the interpretation of the peripheral and central vestibular systems and the central ocular motor system. The course...

Three is not a crowd! Involving family members in audiology appointments

Family members currently have minimal involvement in the appointment. Image by Caitlin Grenness. Hearing loss in older adults not only affects the patients themselves, but also their family members. This article outlines the findings of recent research into how family...