Suite 304 RPA Medical Centre, 100 Carillon Avenue, Newtown NSW 2042

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.
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.
Belinda Kwok

Belinda Kwok

Research Audiologist
Belinda is a research audiologist who performs hearing and vestibular function tests at the clinic. Belinda completed her studies at Macquarie University; first with a Bachelor in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2014, followed by a Master of Clinical Audiology in 2016. Her previous work experience involved working at Cochlear Limited as a research Audiologist in product development, and a clinical specialist in the Australia and New Zealand team. Her current research interests involve examining the impact of cochlear implantation on vestibular function.
Cheryl Rivas

Cheryl Rivas

Lab Manager
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.

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