Vestibular Rehabilitation Training

We emailed a group of physiotherapists in Vincent's University Hospital who have done two different courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation. One course was done by the same company as the Course 1 below, lectured by Mr Richard O'Hara in Ireland, and the other was carried out by Douglas Duffy who works in the Balance Centre in Leeson street. Both of these courses came highly recommended, however neither have any course dates in Ireland organised at the moment, but we'll keep you updated via our twitter page and the website.



Course 1        Vestibular Rehabilitation and Cervicogenic Diszziness


Web link: ID=376


Course lecturer: Mr Richard OHara

Duration: Two day workshop


Course content:

  • Basic vestibular anatomy and physiology (semicircular canal orientation+function and the vestibulo-ocular reflex in particular)
  • Overview of the main vestibular pathologies
  • Taking subjective history including vestibular special questions
  • How to carry out a clinical oculomotor examination 
  • Clinically assess the VOR (dynamic visual acuity, infrared video analysis and head thrust test)
  • Clinically evaluate different types of nystagmus (central vs peripheral)
  • Carry out an appropriate outcome-based assessment of balance
  • Positional testing for BPPV, interpret findings and treat using the appropriate manoeuvre (posterior, anterior and horizontal canal variants)
  • Understand the potential for and clinical significance of cervicogenic dizziness
  • Devise, evaluate and progress a patient-specific exercise-based rehabilitation programme



Price: £228.00


Course Date and Location:

Saturday 18 May 2013 - Sunday 19 May 2013

Physiotherapy Department
Lurgan Hospital
100 Sloan Street
BT66 3NX


Saturday 29th June 2013 – Sunday 30th June 2013

Woking Community Hospital

Physiotherapy Department
Heathside Road


Sample price flights: Prices to go London Gatwick for the course in Surrey (29th of June to the 30th June), departing Friday afternoon and returning late Sunday evening: €90


We emailed Wellbeing CPD to ask if they have any dates coming up in Ireland and they replied they have nothing further planned for this course as yet.

Course Notes:

This updated, intense two-day course covers the essentials of clinical vestibular assessment and treatment. A strong emphasis is placed on differential diagnosis, clinical reasoning and treatment selection. Delegates will be taught to identify signs and symptoms that indicate central/sinister pathology. The rehabilitation techniques included in the course have a strong evidence base. The techniques are not confined to cervicogenic dizziness. The course provides a scientific rationale for the existence and treatment of dizziness arising from the neck. The course is suitable for physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors with no experience of dizzy patients or those wishing to consolidate existing skills.




Course 2

An Introduction to the Physiotherapy Assessment and Management of the Vestibular Patient



Advertised on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy searching events ‘vestibular rehabilitation’.


Course Summary:

This course is aimed at physiotherapist interested in treating patients with vestibular problems.


The course will cover:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system.
  • Common vestibular pathology
  • Assessment and treatment of patients with vestibular disorders.
  • Assessment, treatment and management of BPPV.


We emailed the corresponding course coordinator to find out more about the course fees, and whether Irish graduates (non-members of the National Health Service can participate in the course): We'll let you know as soon as we do! 


Date and Location: 6th and 7th July 2013, Community Rehabilitation Unit (C.R.U.), St Mary’s Hospital Greenhill Road, Leeds, LS12 3QE


Course cost: £150 for the 2 day course


Sample price flights: Sample price of flights with Ryanair flying out early Saturday morning, arriving and coming back Sunday evening to Leeds (Bradford) is €60.


We emailed the organisers of this course, to ensure we could participate if we are not members of the National Health Service (NHS) or the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP). The organiser got back to us to let us know that the course is available to all qualified physiotherapists regardless of their membership to the CSP or if they're working outside of the NHS.


For further information email: 


See the flyer and application form attached:


Application form Leeds.doc
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