Winner of Curtininnovation Awards

A team of researchers at Curtin University – Dr Hani Al-Salami, Dr Daniel Brown and Dr Armin Mooranian, together with Dr Jafri Kuthubutheen have just be awarded the overall winner of the Curtinnovation Awards this year. The award is in recognition of the cutting edge work conducted in the laboratory of Dr Al-Salami, Dr Brown and Dr Mooranian in developing a new gel formula to treat hearing loss that can eventually be applied to real life patients. The collaboration between an inner ear science researcher, two pharmacologists and an Ear Specialist will see a new window of opportunity for patients with hearing loss, one of the most common disabilities in Australia and around the world. More research will be need to be conducted and Dr Kuthubutheen is excited to be part of this innovative research program.

A video of this project is shown



First bilateral Oticon Medical Neuro Cochlear Implants in Australia

Prof Jafri Kuthubutheen has undertaken the first surgical implantation of these implants in Australia.

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Australian Journal of Otolaryngology

Prof. Jafri Kuthubutheen has recently been appointed to the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Otolaryngology – The Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and the official journal of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (ASOHNS). The Journal provides opportunities for researchers to share their work on any aspect related to Ear Nose and Throat disease

Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation Grant Award Recipient 2019 – “Targeted Screening for Congenital Cytomegalovirus-related Hearing loss in Western Australia”

Prof. Jafri Kuthubutheen together with his collaborators have just been awarded a grant of $100,000 over 2 years to study the role of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in babies born with hearing loss.

Congenital CMV infection is considered the most common preventable cause of sensorineural hearing loss in babies worldwide. Its estimated prevalence is 0.5% of all live births, the cause of 8% of all hearing losses and up to 20% of all hearing loss of unknown origin. Currently in WA there is no screening for congenital CMV and therefore this study will be the first of its kind in Western Australia. It has the potential to change the way we screen and manage newborn hearing loss. Dr. Allison Reid will undertake her Masters degree in this project and has just obtained ethics approval for this study which will start shortly.

Asean ORL Congress August 2019

Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen has been invited as a Faculty Member for the next ASEAN ORL Congress to be held in Singapore later this year. He will be speaking on two topics:

  1. “New Frontiers in Cochlear Implantation –Intracochlear and Cerebellopontine Angle Schwannoma Removal and Simultaneous Cochlear Implantation”
  2. “ Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fluid Otorrhea – An Emerging Entity”

Dr. Kuthubutheen has also been invited to be a demonstrator at the Temporal Bone and Cochlear Implant Workshop. He will be sharing his skills and techniques in Ear Surgery and Cochlear Implantation with students and participants from around Asia.

In addition, his team of researchers and collaborators have submitted a number of scientific abstracts to this conference with the aim of sharing the research conducted in Western Australia with the rest of the ASEAN Community.

ASEAN stands for the Association of South East Asian Nations. It comprises of 10 member nations including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam as well as Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. It is estimated to cover a population of 651 million people. This makes ASEAN larger in population than the European Union or North America. It is projected to the the fourth largest economy in the world by 2050. ASEAN has close ties with China, Japan, South Korea, as well as with Australia, New Zealand and India.

12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences (APSCI2019) in Tokyo on November 27-30, 2019

Dr. Jafri has been invited to speak at the upcoming Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences to be held in Tokyo, Japan. He will be speaking about his experience entitled “Bonebridge Surgery in Young Children”. This work was undertaken in conjunction with the Children’s Hearing Implant Program at the Perth Children’s Hospital. It is expected to be a widely attended conference from hearing related specialists from the Asia Pacific Region and around the world.

Laser Ear Surgery comes to South Perth Hospital in 2018
South Perth Hospital has just acquired a new specialised laser which can be used to treat otosclerosis, a condition where the last bone of hearing (the stapes) is fixed, causing hearing loss. The laser allows the fixed stapes bone to be removed precisely and a new opening created into the inner ear. A special prosthesis called a piston, can then be placed under the microscope.
Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen was fortunate enough to be the first to utilise this laser at South Perth Hospital which is only the second one of its kind in Western Australia. The laser can also be used to when precise dissection is required, such as in some cases of cholesteatoma. Below is the first case which was performed just prior to Christmas. 
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ASOHNS WA Annual Scientific Conference
The Western Australian division of The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) has recently held its Annual Scientific Conference at Bunker Bay, Dunsborough. 
Several Western ENT surgeons gave presentations on the latest trends and research in Otolaryngology. Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen presented on myringoplasty outcomes in rural Western Australia and participated in a panel on single sided deafness cochlear implantation. Dr. Shane Ling presented an audit of complex pituitary surgery outcomes. 
The next conference in 2018 will be co-chaired by Dr. Chady Sader and Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen.
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European Paediatric Cochlear Implant Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal 2017

Earlier in the year, the 13th European Symposium Paediatric Cochlear Implant (ESPCI) meeting took place in Lisbon, Portugal. This meeting, one of the largest of its kind, brought together experts in the field of paediatric cochlear implantation from Europe and around the world. Researchers and experts from around the world presented on a variety of topics ranging from cochlear implantation to auditory brainstem implantation and bone conduction implants. Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen presented on the topic of Bonebridge Surgery in Young Children. 

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Indigenous Ear Health for the Future – What we can all do to make a difference
Indigenous Ear Health is an area close to the hearts of many health professionals in Australia. 
In an era of new technologies, ever expanding research and evidenced based practice, there are increasing demands on the Ear Health professional to translate this to the patient. This workshop aims to provide an overview of the current practice, evidence and management of Indigenous Ear Health, with a practical focus on what every one of us can do to make a difference in our patients both now and into the future.    
The workshop will be held on Thursday 8th March 2018 in Perth immediately prior to the ASOHNS meeting.
The Preliminary Program and flyer are attached and on the ASOHNS ASM website:
Children’s Hearing Implant Program

Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen and the team at the Children’s Hearing Implant Program (CHIP) have just been featured on Today Tonight. His 7 month old patient, Bertie, has been the latest bilateral cochlear implant recipient at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. The effect of Bertie and his family is profound.

The ability to hear should be every newborn child’s right and as ENT surgeons and audiologists we are privileged in being able to give that opportunity to the children of Western Australia.

WA ASOHNS Annual Scientific Meeting, 7-9th October 2016

All our surgeons recently attended the WA Australasian Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, Bunker Bay. Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen presented his work with Princess Margaret Hospital on the role of the Bonebridge hearing implant in young children. Dr. Chady Sader presented a review of the head and neck reconstructive surgical cases and outcomes. Dr. Anton Hinton-Bayre gave the annual Phil Nash Oration as well as an overview of the history of eponymous conditions in ENT surgery over the years.

his year also saw for the first time, 2 invited guest speakers from Singapore, Dr. Heng Wai Yuen and Dr. Barrie Tan. 

Dr. Yuen, a senior ENT consultant and otologist at Changi General, presented his work on the utility of MRI scanning in the diagnosis of Meniere’s disease and compared the use of cochlear implantation and the Bonebridge in the treatment of single sided deafness.

Dr. Tan, the Head of Department of ENT at Singapore General Hospital, presented his recent experience in endoscopic ear surgery and the role of cochlear implantation in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

From left to right: Dr. Heng Wai Yuen, Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen, Dr. Barrie Tan

From left to right: Dr. Heng Wai Yuen, Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen, Dr. Barrie Tan

Audiology Australia WA Chapter Conference: Putting the Science Back in Audiology, 18th November 2016

Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen was recently invited to present at the Audiology Australia WA Chapter conference. His talk entitled “Paediatric Hearing Loss: From Screening to Implantation” was an overview of the tremendous work done by the team at the Children’s Hearing Implant Program Team at Princess Margaret Hospital. The conference was attended by more than 150 audiologists from Western Australia and around Australia and included both national and international guest speakers. The conference for the first time was also broadcast over the web live to more than 75 participants.


SJOG Murdoch – Western ENT GP Educational Event 16th November 2016

Western ENT in conjunction with St John of God Hospital Murdoch held a GP Educational Event at the MURTEC centre. It was well attended by nearly 40 General Practitioners. The forum led to a lively discussion on the management of common ENT conditions in both adults and children. The following talks were presented:

Dr. Anton Hinton Bayre : “Common paediatric ear problems”

Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen : “Chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma”

Dr. Fiona Whelan: “Snoring and sleep disordered breathing in kids”

Dr. Chady Sader and Dr. Desmond Wee: “Chronic rhinosinusitis in adults and kids”

University of Western Australia, School of Surgery Annual Research Symposium, 25th November 2016

Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen was recently invited to present at the annual School of Surgery Research Symposium, held at CTEC in the University of Western Australia. He was joined by four other PhD candidates who also presented their research. Dr. Kuthubutheen presented on the “Role of Preoperative Steroids in Cochlear Implantation”. His recent paper entitled “The role of extended preoperative steroids in hearing preservation cochlear implantation” published in the Hearing Research journal, also won a prize for the best clinical research paper of the year. 


New clinic location in St John of God Murdoch Medical Centre

We have moved our Leeming clinic to within St John of God Murdoch Medical Centre. This new location caters for all of our pediatric and adult patients’ needs, as well being conveniently placed within the St John of God Hospital Murdoch precinct. 

Welcome Dr Anton Hinton-Bayre

Dr Anton Hinton-Bayre is a welcome addition to our practice. He is a locally trained ENT Surgeon, with a strong academic background, who sees all adult and pediatric patients. He will be consulting in our new Murdoch clinic. 

First paediatric Bonebridge implant at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children

See Dr. Kuthubutheen was recently featured in a documentary on how the team at Princess Margaret Hospital are pushing the boundaries for children with hearing loss (link for video). The Bonebridge is an active bone conducting hearing device that is implanted under the skin. The patient featured is currently the youngest patient in Australia to have received the device and the first patient to have had the surgery at PMH.

14th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Technologies, Toronto, Canada – May 11th to 14th, 2016

Dr. Jafri Kuthubutheen has recently returned from the largest international conference of its kind on implantable hearing devices held in Toronto, Canada. Hosted by his former institution where he trained, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, this conference was attended by researchers, audiologists, and scientists from around the world. Dr. Kuthubutheen moderated 2 scientific sessions, presented 2 papers and 1 poster as well as being a co-author on several other papers. He presented on a wide variety of subject areas relating to cochlear implantation.

2nd TUUCAN Symposium on Vibrant Soundbridge and Bonebridge – London, UK, July 14th to 16th, 2016

Dr. Kuthubutheen has been invited to present on “Bonebridge Surgery in Young Children” in London later this week. This work was done in conjunction with the Children’s Hearing Implant Program (CHIP) team at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for Children. The experience at PMH will be shared with other surgeons and audiologists from the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

WA Country Health Service ENT Clinical Lead – Kimberley Region

Dr. Kuthubutheen has just been appointed to the position of Clinical Lead for Ear Nose and Throat services in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. This role, under the auspices of the WA Country Health Service (WACHS), was previous held by Professor Harvey Coates AO who is a mentor of Dr. Kuthubutheen. Professor Coates is a well respected and highly experienced paediatric surgeon who has been working in the field of rural ear health for many decades. Dr. Kuthubutheen is honoured to have taken on board this role from Professor Coates and hopes to continue to build upon the many years of work and effort by Professor Coates in continuing to strive to improve the ENT health of the Kimberley people.

Earbus Foundation of Western Australia Board Appointment

Dr Shane Ling was delighted to accept his recent appointment on the Board of Directors for the Earbus Foundation of Western Australia. This is a not-for-profit charity whose focus is on reducing the incidence of otitis media in Indigenous and at-risk children in Western Australia. The Earbus Foundation provides mobile clinics, and in close partnership with the local communities, schools, and health services are able to treat a large number of at-risk children in a timely and coordinated manner. Dr Ling regularly joins the mobile clinic in the Goldfields. For more information about this organisation, head to their website: .

Robotic Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Head and Neck Cancer

Dr Desmond Wee spoke to Channel 9 News to discuss the revolutionary Da Vinci robot, in its use in transoral minimally invasive surgery for sleep apnea and some forms of head and neck cancers.

Good luck Ian!

After many years with Western ENT, Mr Ian Mitchell has retired from practise. His expertise and experience has always been sought after, and he trained many of the ENT surgeons in Perth. We gathered to celebrate all the wonderful work he has provided over the years. We wish you well, and all the best on your well-deserved retirement!

Welcome to the new Western ENT website!

We have updated our website, and hope that you find navigating and finding information much easier. We now have a Search bar to help you find your information quicker. Need to find us? Our Locations page has our 4 clinic sites listed, with their address and a map. Want to find out a bit more about your ENT problem? Then head over to the ENT Topics page to find out more. For all appointments, please call our South Peth head office us on 08 9367 8377.

10th October 2015 – Western Australian ASOHNS Scientific Meeting

The WA regional ASOHNS branch held their annual scientific meeting over the weekend. At this conference, we had the opportunity to discuss the latest treatments and research coming across the horizon in ENT Surgery. The team at Western ENT was well represented here.

Dr’s Sader and Wee discussed their experience in Trans Oral Robotic Surgery in tonsillar and tongue base cancers, as well as cases of surgery for snoring and sleep apnoea. Dr Kuthubutheen presented interesting research regarding his work in looking at the training aptitude of future surgeons and surgical skills. Dr Ling showed how the pericranial flap (scalp tissue) can be introduced into the nasal cavity as part of the reconstruction in anterior skull base tumour resection.

22nd June 2015 – New Leeming clinic

Western ENT has a new office in Leeming. We are located at the Corner of Calley and South Street, Leeming. The new consulting rooms are conveniently located in close proximity to St John of God Hospital Murdoch and Fiona Stanley Hospital. Dr’s Wee and Sader will begin seeing patients at this new site on 22nd June 2015. All appointments and enquiries are made through our head-office in South Perth. Telephone +61 8 93678377.

22nd June 2015 – Welcome Dr Shane Ling

Dr Shane Ling has commenced at Western ENT as specialist Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. Shane is an accomplished Nose, Sinus and Skull Base Surgeon. He will be consulting in the new Duncraig clinic and in Hollywood Medical Centre, and sees all General ENT conditions in adults and children, as well as Nose and Sinus related diseases. We welcome Shane to the team.