MdDS Australia Conference 26th August 2017

What a day! Close to 40 attended. Our guest speakers were fabulous.

Many thanks to:

  •  Donna and Greg Millott for funding this event.
  • Alan Hogden of Newgentronics for donating lucky door prizes of a bluetooth speaker, media box and a solar charger in addition to which filming the event.
  • Maureen Jarrott and her sister Rose Jongkind (who flew in from WA even though she does not have MdDS, but came to support us all).  for collecting donations.
  • Our guest speakers – Dr Luke Chen, Associate Professor Alan Pearce, Dr cherylea Browne.
  • And course those of you who attended!

Here’s an overview:

Dr Luke Chen, Neurologist
‘MdDS in the World of Neurology’
Key Points:
– MdDS is not a psychological condition.(for which he was applauded)
-Available medications to reduce symptoms and their affects and how they work in the body
– Available treatments. Dr Chen fully supports Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. A description the Opto Kenetic treatment offered by Dr Dai at Mt Sinai in New York.
– The earlier patients are diagnosed and treated, the better chance of remission

Associate Professor Alan Pearce, Neuroscientist, La Trobe University, Melbourne
‘Utility of Neuromodulation for MdDS’
Key Points:
– How rTMS works in the brain as a non-evasive treatment for MdDS
– The success of his work to date as published in the Journal of Neuropsychology 2015.
– More research is needed, hence the #RockSteady Campaign!

Dr Cherylea Browne, Neuroscientist and MdDS sufferer, University of Western Sydney ‘MdDS and Hormones’
Key Points:
– Was given a grant to persue hormonal research in regards to MdDS.
– Research studies involve motion induced MdDS, spontaneous onset, pregnancy and MdDS, together with patients who have been asked to keep a longitunal diary to correlate symptoms with daily activities together with hormonal symptoms.
– A sympathetic nervous system study is also underway.

Chris Daws, Founder MdDS Australia, Ambassador for VEDA (Vestibular Disorders Association) and MdDS sufferer.
Key Points:
– Mind over matter – how we can use our minds for symptom relief
– Explored options on how we CAN use different techniques to better self manage symptoms of MdDS. Such as meditation and distraction.

Thanks, Chris, Founder MdDS Australia Support Group