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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.

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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.

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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”

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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: www.earbus.org.au .

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.