Professor Dr Margie H Sharpe is the Director and Principal of the Dizziness & Balance Disorders Centre as well as the pioneer of Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation in Australia.
Professor Sharpe 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 specialised 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 is an accredited Senior Consultant who works exclusively in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Therapy as a physiotherapist. She has undertaken numerous international courses, lectures, seminars and case conferences related to the evaluation, treatment, and management of patients with vestibular disorders. She is a clinical scientist, senior clinical consultant, mentor, recognised expert and principal educator in this field.
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, as much as her close working relationship with her multidisciplinary team members. Her success; in particular for patients with complex vestibular disorders 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.
To ensure unparalleled treatment and patient management, Professor 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.
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 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.
The Dizziness & Balance Disorders Centre is dedicated to patients who have or think they have vertigo, dizziness and unsteadiness.