Course Details

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How much does the course cost?

The course fee is $345 NZD per person; this includes catering, a course handbook and laminated summary to take away with you.

 Who is the course for?

Anyone who wants to know more about ears! This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about the skill of otoscopy – how to look into ears using an otoscope or auroscope, recognise what you are viewing and knowing what to do with what you find. It suits beginners as well as those who wish to improve their skills. We have hosted health workers who have never held an otoscope before and doctors and nurses with 20 years + experience, every one has found value in attending this course.

Many different occupational groups have been represented; hospital nurses, doctors, practice nurses, GP’s, iwi health workers, occupational health staff, rest home staff, prison nurses, adolescent health staff, neonate screeners, B4 5 Nurses, hearing/vision technicians,  public health nurses, ear nurse specialists, kaiawhina, A&E staff, tamariki ora nurses, community health workers, receptionists, audiology staff – the list is growing, seems like everyone needs to know more about ears!

Who presents EARSmadeEasy?

Theresa O’Leary NZRN, looked into her first ear in 1987! She met hundreds of parents and children in her years holding an otoscope as a Public Health Nurse. Then as an Ear Nurse Specialist, looking down a microscope on a Mobile Ear Clinic. In 2001 she opened TOLBECS Ear Centre, a private clinic where folk of all ages come for real help with their ears.  Theresa is passionate about ears and loves passing on information in a clear and concise way.  She has a very practical, common sense approach.

 What topics are covered?
  • otoscopes and how to use them
  • how ears work
  • how best to look after ears
  • preventing problems
  • common ear conditions
  • wax management
  • understanding tympanograms
  • understanding audiograms
  • solving ear canal infections
  • solving glue ear
  • 10 common misjudgements in ear disorders

EARSmadeEasy OneDay is based around a 300+ photographic slide presentation. Theresa uses many ear photos to teach the finer points of otoscopy for accurate diagnosis. The course is presented in modules: Outer, Middle and Inner ear are covered.  She utilizes her ability to interpret medical information into easy to understand terms, and big concepts into useful parts making it all easy to learn and understand. Her common sense approach, simple explanations, lots of stories and case studies make it an interesting day.  It is intense learning, covering everything anyone working in the community needs to know about ears!

 How will I learn to use an otoscope/auroscope during the course?

The programme includes 3 practical sessions. After learning the theory of safe otoscopy, participants work in groups of three, taking turns to look into ears. With generous support from Welch Allyn, Theresa brings 7 Macroview otoscopes. Participants are invited to bring their own otoscope to compare.

What are the session times?
0845     Arrival Networking
0900     Session 1
1030     Morning Tea
1045     Session 2
1230     Lunch
1300     Session 3
1415     Afternoon Tea
1430     Session 4
1600     End of Course
 Will I need to take notes?

You will be given a course handbook and a laminated course summary to refer to during the day and to take home with you.  You may choose to add your own notes during the day.

What do I need to bring?

A pen, a warm smile and a willingness to learn – perhaps the otoscope you use, if you would like to compare it with the latest Welch Allyn model.

How many people attend?

15 minimum -21 maximum

Tell me more about the venues?

Theresa has been to too many study days for nurses involving a sandwich in a cold hall – she likes to see health workers valued – so she chooses comfortable, easy to find venues with close parking and healthy food/beverages, all at a reasonable cost. The venue websites are included in the Schedule for your perusal.

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