Professor Dr Margie H Sharpe is the Director and Principal of the Centre and the “Leading Vestibular Physiotherapist in Australia”.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology practice and advocacy guidelines position statement regarding Vestibular Rehabilitation is as follows:
“Vestibular Rehabilitation is a scientifically based and clinically valid therapeutic modality for the treatment of persistent dizziness and postural instability due to incomplete compensation after peripheral vestibular or central nervous system injury. Vestibular rehabilitation is a valid form of therapy for dizziness and imbalance resulting from the medical or surgical treatment of vertigo disorders and for acute vertigo or persistent imbalance that may result from a variety of peripheral vestibular disorders.”
Professor Dr Margie H Sharpe is an accredited Senior Consultant who works exclusively in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Therapy as a physiotherapist, and has undertaken numerous international courses, lectures, seminars and case conferences related to the evaluation, treatment and management of patients with vestibular disorders. Her unique, innovative and integrated approach to patients with vertigo, dizziness and unsteadiness is founded on the most recent published research findings of clinical and basic science literature, and her close working relationship with team members.
She has been treating patients with vestibular disorders since the late 1980’s, during which time she has witnessed not only a growing interest from allied health professionals, medical practitioners and the public in this specialized field, but also major advances in the knowledge and understanding of the vestibular system in health and disease; and importantly, the development of new techniques and equipment to examine the function of the vestibular system in patients and new treatment approaches.
Professor Sharpe has been using state of the art infrared DVD oculography Frenzel goggles for many years, and in 2012 acquired the newly released video Head impulse test, for diagnosis and treatment of her patients.
She has an outstanding reputation and is well known nationally and internationally in vestibular and balance rehabilitation. Her success with patients; in particular complex vestibular patients and those with refractory dizziness attracts patients from all parts of Australia and overseas, reflecting her dedication, enquiring mind, creativity, and unyielding commitment to the betterment of her patients, and professional education in vestibular disorders and vestibular rehabilitation. She is well known for her generosity of time in the community to advance the cause of the dizzy patient.
To ensure unparalleled treatment and management of her patients Professor Dr Margie H Sharpe has close affiliations with a number of the world’s leading clinicians and researchers in vestibular disorders in Australia, Europe, United Kingdom, New Zealand and North America. She is an invited keynote lecturer at national and international conferences, and has been invited to conduct professional development courses and seminars to medical and allied health professionals on the evaluation and management of patients with vestibular disorders, notwithstanding her attendance and presentations at national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures to remain at the forefront of vestibular disorders, evaluation, treatment and management.