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.
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
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
Additionally, to help deal with the complex issues so many vestibular patients experience:
Treatment for Parkinsons - LSVT Big
Treatment for stroke and brain injury - Neurology
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.
Intensive 2-day workshop of lectures and practical sessions – assessment and treatment techniques for central and peripheral vestibular disorders.
Intensive 2-day workshop, lectures and practical – Advanced assessment and treatment techniques for central and peripheral vestibular disorders.
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Hutt Valley, New Zealand
Phone: 04 2124851 or 021925242