Suite 7, 155 Missenden Rd Newtown NSW 2050

Dr Miriam Welgampola

Dr Miriam Welgampola

Director, Neuro-otologist

Dr Miriam Welgampola is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Central Clinical School, University of Sydney. She is a neuro-otologist and Director of Clinical Research at The Balance Clinic. Born in Sri Lanka, Miriam was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery MBBS(Hons) in 1994 from the University of New South Wales. Having completed basic physicians training at the Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick, she undertook a PhD in vestibular physiology (1999-2003) and post doctoral research at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience, University College London (2003-2005) and at the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University (2006). Miriam undertook the Australasian Neurology Fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London in 2005.

Since returning to Australia she has been a consultant neurologist at the Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Foundation Senior Principal Research Fellowship (2009-2013) enabled her to establish an independent research laboratory that unifies vestibulo ocular and vestibulospinal reflex testing.

Miriam's clinical work focuses on ictal assessment of acute vestibular syndromes presenting to the emergency room, early diagnosis of vestibular disorders by event monitoring and treatment of intractable positional vertigo (BPV). Her translational research focuses on “capturing” acute vertigo in the frontline (emergency department and general practice). She supervises three doctoral fellows and researchers from the disciplines of Medicine, Nursing, Audiology, Engineering and Psychology.

Currently active research projects


  • Capturing and Treating vertigo in the Emergency Department
  • Non-invasive Vestibular Testing in Vestibular Schwannoma
  • Capturing Acute Vertigo by Home Monitoring
  • Evoked Potential Tests in Superior Canal Dehiscence and other third window syndromes
  • Defining Characteristics of peripheral and central positional nystagmus on the Epley Omniax Rotator
  • Pre and post surgical vestibular function in Cochlear Implantation

Professional Memberships


Allison Young

Allison Young

Research Audiologist

Allison Young is our research Audiologist who performs hearing and vestibular testing for the clinic, having joined the team in March of 2014. Originally from Alberta, Canada, she has completed a diploma in Speech Pathology and received a Masters Degree of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University. Her previous work experience involved working as a hearing aid practitioner. Her main focus now is comprehensive audio-vestibular testing, using new, non-invasive tests such as Vestibular evoked potentials (VEMPs) and video head impulses (vHIT), as well as established techniques including VNG/VOG, ABR and audiometry. Allison's doctoral research examines the vestibular-test profiles of common vestibular disorders and vestibular event-monitoring.
Andrew Bradshaw

Dr Andrew Bradshaw PhD

Engineer / Postdoctoral Researcher

Andrew is a postdoctoral researcher, engineer and expert LabVIEW developer who completed his PhD in three dimensional temporal bone anatomy in 2013. His current work focuses on the development of new, user friendly techniques of assessing human balance pathways. Andrew also develops video simulations to facilitate a better understanding of the eye movement disorders that accompany vertigo and imbalance. His research topics include eye movement disorders, benign positional vertigo, evoked potentials and superior canal dehisce.
Amanda Dickson

Amanda Dickson

Practice Manager
Amanda flew her nest back in New Zealand 5 years ago and enjoys the
sun and lifestyle in Sydney. She has over 7 years of experience in
medical administration and management, and is focused on providing
great customer service and enjoys a good chat with the clients. Her
bubbly personality will make your visits enjoyable.

Amanda enjoys wining and dining, the sounds of a good music playlist,
visiting family and friends in Auckland and seeking adventure in the
outdoors.
Christina Stojanovska

Christina Stojanovska

Research Assistant

Christina is our research assistant who liaises with research patients, ensures efficient handling of correspondence, retrieval of references and maintenance of clinical databases. Christina is a second year University Student at UWS.
Adriana Gratkowski

Adriana Gratkowski

Research Assistant
The correct diagnosis of inner ear balance organ disorders requires recording and analysis of eye movements. Our technical assistant Adriana records and analyses eye-videos using customized software and prepares data for clinical and research applications.
Emma Argaet

Emma Argaet

Research Audiologist
Emma is a research audiologist who performs vestibular function tests at the clinic, including Video Head Impulse Tests (vHIT), Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMPs) and Videonsytagmography (VNG). Emma completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney in 2009 followed by a Master’s of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University in 2014. Prior to joining the team at the Balance Clinic and Laboratory, Emma worked in adult diagnostic hearing assessment and rehabilitation.
Cheryl Rivas

Cheryl Rivas

Research Assistant
Cheryl our former senior administrative assistant has returned to manage our clinics database. Her skills as a medical practice manager and a clinical nurse will help her in her new role which involves maintenance of our clinical database and assisting with clinical research.
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Alcie Mae Nacion

Research and Administrative Assistant
Alcie joined the practice in September 2016. She manages the electronic patient files and helps with the smooth running of the clinic by booking and billing patients as well as fielding phone calls. Her expertise stems from her extensive administration experience in a social health insurance corporation in the Philippines.
Pauline Brown

Pauline Brown

Administrative Assistant
Pauline has over 4 years of medical administration experience. She is focused on providing a friendly and caring environment for all patients and visitors to the practice. Her bubbly personality will make your visit to our practice an enjoyable one.

Suite 7, The Chancellory
155 Missenden Rd
Newtown NSW 2050
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