Vestibular Rehabilitation Training New Zealand


VRTNZ is a joint venture by 2 Physiotherapists that offers over 40 years of experience in the
field of Vestibular Rehabilitation. VRTNZ is a recognised provider of Vestibular Rehabilitation
Education to Physiotherapists in NZ since 2006.


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Mission Statement:

VRTNZ provide high quality, up-to-date, evidence-based education in Vestibular
Rehabilitation at introductory and more advanced levels to registered Physiotherapists, to
expand knowledge in the field of vestibular rehabilitation and improve provision of service
throughout NZ.

Carole Rogers

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Carole, graduated from Withington Hospital, Manchester, UK in 1984.

She has worked as a Physiotherapist in field of Neurology and Older Persons Services for 35 years both in the UK and then in 1995 she emigrated to New Zealand. She worked within a large Multidisciplinary Team environment for Capital & Coast DHB in Inpatient, Outpatient and Community settings in the Wellington Region.

In 2004 she identified a need to provide highly customised physiotherapy services to people seeking very special help to address their rehabilitation needs and formed her own company, Third Age Physiotherapy.

She provides physiotherapy services to private clients, several health care organisations including private nursing homes & the Stroke Foundation. She also provides assessments & rehabilitation services to ACC clients.

Carole supervises a number of physiotherapists in the Wellington area and is treasurer of the PNZ Neurology Special Interest Group

To ensure the service she provides is clinically relevant she continually invests in professional development by attending, teaching and participating in relevant national and international training courses and conferences:

Assessment and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders - Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • 2.5-day International Conference of Vestibular Rehabilitation in Chicago 2018.
  • Regular attendance at the Annual Neuro-Otological Society of Australia Clinical & Scientific meetings and The New Zealand Society of Balance Dizziness and Vertigo Inc meetings.
  • 2-day Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation R M Rine 2016
  • 3-day Cervico Genic Dizziness – Rob Landal 2015
  • 2-day Advanced Vestibular Rehab Course – Susan Whitney 2015
  • 4-day Barany conference in Buenos Aires in 2014
  • Advanced Competency Course 2007 Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia USA Vestibular Rehab 3.5-day
  • 5 day Certified Vestibular Rebab Competency Course 2004
  • Introductory Course- Susan Herman & Ronald Tusa 2000

Additionally, to help deal with the complex issues so many vestibular patients experience:

  • 2 day-Cognitive Behavioural therapy and other strategies for chronic pain management- Bronwyn Thompson, 2012
  • Bradcliff Method Registered Practitioner since 2017
  • 2 day - Explain Pain – David Butler 2015

Additionally :

Treatment for Parkinsons - LSVT Big

  • Certified to Administer LSVT BIG since 2012

Treatment for stroke and brain injury - Neurology

  • Bobath and advanced Bobath trained physiotherapist.
  • Certified Odstock Food Drop clinician.
  • MS Get a head start Qualified Instructor 2019
  • Accredited provider for MS Get a Head Start – Online course training and 3 day course 2019 -Gilly Davy

Anne Burston

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Anne graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 1981 as a Physiotherapist. She has worked predominantly in neurological rehab outpatient and community settings. Since attending an Introductory course in Vestibular Rehabilitation taught by Susan Herdman in 2000, she has concentrated increasingly on Vestibular Rehabilitation, initially within a community rehab team for CCDHB and since late 2015 in her own private practice; Kapiti Dizziness and Balance Centre. She attended a 5-day Vestibular Rehab Competency course in 2004 and a 3.5 day advanced competency course in 2007 taught by Susan Herdman and her faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Anne completed her Masters of Health Sciences in 2009 through Otago University. Her research thesis was “Does the time of day affect the outcome of the Dix-Hallpike Manoeuvre when testing for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?” with subsequent publication in J Clin Neurosci in 2011.

Anne also worked in the Neurology Department in Wellington Hospital from 2003 to 2017 doing vestibular function testing. She was involved in a number of research projects over this time, leading a project comparing caloric testing and video Head Impulse Testing which was published in 2017 in J Clin Neurosci- “Comparison of the video head impulse test with the caloric test in patients with sub-acute and chronic vestibular disorders”.

Anne regularly attends and has presented at the Annual Neuro-Otological Society of Australia Clinical and Scientific meetings. She was involved in the inaugural meeting in NZ to set up the New Zealand Society of Balance Dizziness and Vertigo Inc in 2013 and has been one of the Physiotherapy representatives on the committee since, helping to run the multi-disciplinary annual meetings in NZ and presenting/teaching at them.

Anne has presented at a number of national and international conferences (Physiotherapy, Medical and multidisciplinary), including poster presentations at both the Barany conference in Buenos Aires in 2014 and the first International Conference of Vestibular Rehabilitation in Chicago 2018.

She has developed an App “BPPV Relief” with her son of Burston Software. This has been available on Google, Apple and Microsoft playstores since May 2018. It is a great teaching tool with both patients, Doctors and participants in the VRTNZ courses.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Courses for Physiotherapists

Introductory Courses


Intensive 2-day workshop of lectures and practical sessions – assessment and treatment techniques for central and peripheral vestibular disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  • To Understand the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system
  • To be able to Identify and treat posterior semicircular canal Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • To begin to identify and treat horizontal semicircular canal BPPV.
  • To Identify what is not BPPV.
  • To assess and treat dizziness caused by central vestibular pathologies- eg; Mild TBI
  • To be able to identify and treat patients with vestibular dysfunction (loss) , including bilateral and unilateral vestibular dysfunction

Advanced Course


Intensive 2-day workshop, lectures and practical – Advanced assessment and treatment techniques for central and peripheral vestibular disorders.

Learning Objectives

  • Revision of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system
  • To increase confidence in treating BPPV affecting the anterior and horizontal semi-circular canals, with the ability to choose from a greater range of repositioning manoeuvres
  • To increase confidence in treating TBI with more treatment options. To be able to identify and treat visual issues, understand their importance and at which point to refer for specialist visual training. To introduce Cervicogenic Dizziness with some assessment tools and treatment options.
  • To increase confidence in determining the direction of nystagmus on assessment, what the possible diagnosis is and what your treatment options are.
  • To improve ability to consider a diagnosis of Persistent Postural and Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD) and feel confident to use a range of treatment options
  • To be introduced to Migraine-associated vertigo and how to differentiate it from Meniere’s disease and chose appropriate treatment options for both.
  • To better understand some of the commonly used diagnostic tests that are mentioned in the literature


Anne Burston:

Paraparaumu, New Zealand

Phone: 0273090386



Carole Rogers:

Hutt Valley, New Zealand

Phone: 04 2124851 or 021925242


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