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What is the Epley Omniax Positioning System?

Epley Omniax Positioning System
Gandel Philanthropy Balance Disorders Diagnostics

The acquisition of the Epley Omniax Positioning System was made possible due to the generous funding obtained from a Gandel Philanthropy Community Build grant. The state-of-the-art balance disorder diagnostic and management system is housed in the Gandel Philanthropy Balance Disorders Diagnostics.

The Epley Omniax Positioning System is one of only 34 in the world and only the second in Australia. It increases diagnostic accuracy for sufferers of balance disorders, meaning shorter hospital stays and a more rapid return to daily activities and productivity for the patient.

It is used to assess the characteristic abnormal eye movements (positional nystagmus) which can aid the most accurate assessment and treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).  BPPV is the most common cause of dizziness. The Epley Omniax Positioning System has also successfully been used when a patient is unable to be assessed and treated in the conventional manner because of other medical conditions (eg arthritis) or larger body types.

Patients are seated in a chair, secured with a harness and slowly moved to various positions. Infrared video goggles record the eye movements and specialist clinicians analyse the results to help diagnose and treat the dizziness. As the system operates on two axes, the clinician is able to precisely position the patient through a 360 degree range in order to assess and treat them.

Watch the Epley Omniax Positioning System in action

Dr David Szmulewicz explains the Epley Omniax Positioning System in an episode of children's science show Scope on Channel 10.

Patient story

Lorraine Lack was diagnosed with BPPV in early 2014. Lorraine suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, which makes the  traditional treatments of BPPV too painful. Lorraine’s BPPV was cured after only three treatments on the Gandel Philanthropy Balance Disorders Diagnostics  Epley Omniax.

Read more about Lorraine’s story here and watch the Channel 9 news story on the Gandel Philanthropy Balance Disorders Diagnostics here.