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Information for referring clinicians

The Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service is a service specialising in balance disorders, including those of a central and peripheral vestibular origin, providing diagnosis and/or management.

A key priority of the service is to provide timely, patient-centred care. The service caters for common balance disorders such as intractable BPPV, migrainous vertigo and vestibular neuritis, as well as more complex diseases such as the cerebellar ataxias, multiple system atrophy (particularly of the cerebellar type), oculomotor disorders and peripheral vestibulopathies.

The service is made up of the following specialist clinicians:

  • Sub-specialist Neurologists, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons and Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Vestibular Physiotherapists
  • Diagnostic Audiologists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses

The service provides evidence-based management with diagnostic testing conducted on state of the art equipment, including the Rotational Chair and Victoria’s only Omniax Positioning System (using funds provided by a Gandel Philanthropy Community Build grant). The clinic will expand on the strong clinical research currently undertaken.

This comprehensive service is covered by Medicare at no costs to patients making it accessible to all those in need of care. To assist your referrals to the Balance Disorder and Ataxia Service, we have developed primary care referral guidelines that can be found at here.  Please ensure that your referral letter or form is addressed to 'Dear Neurologist at the Balance Disorder and Ataxia Service' and provides sufficient details to enable effective triage. Please send all referrals for BDAS clinic or our other Outpatient Clinics to our Outpatient Booking Unit by fax on (03) 9929 8404, or mail to Outpatient Booking Unit, Locked Bag 8, East Melbourne, 8002.

If you have any further queries please email us at or call (03) 9929 8270 during business hours.

Allied Health Observations

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital offers observerships for qualified allied health professionals to gain an insight into our specialist hearing and balance services. Applications for the 2018 Allied Health Observerships will open in March and August 2018. Click here for more information.