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The Importance of Fall Risk Screening in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Audiology Webinar: November 10, 2021 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm ET
Presented by:
Dr. Michael J. Vekasi, AuD, R.Aud, Aud(C), FAAA

November is Fall Prevention Month! Did you know falls are a public health crisis, with an estimated one third of Canada’s seniors expected to experience a fall within the next year? Best practices for prevention require a multidisciplinary and intersectoral approach. Speech-language pathology and audiology play an important role in assessment and management. This webinar will provide an introductory overview of our role and fall risk assessment screening tools that can be used in practice.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1) Explain why fall prevention is important.
2) Identify risk factors for falls.
3) Provide fall prevention risk assessment screening tools in practice.
4) Apply an interdisciplinary approach to fall risk management.

Nov 10, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Dr. Michael J. Vekasi, AuD, R.Aud, Aud(C), FAAA
Dr. Vekasi is a Senior Trainer for Allied Health with a province-wide clinical information system implementation at Alberta Health Services. He was previously a clinical audiologist where his caseload focused on vestibular diagnostic assessments as well as a multi-disciplinary vestibular clinic. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with A.T. Still University, teaching vestibular assessment and management to post-professional Doctor of Audiology students and a sessional instructor at MacEwan University. He obtained his AuD from A.T. Still University, his M.Cl.Sc. (Audiology) from Western University and his certificate of Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders from Salus University. He is co-editor of the Striking the Right Balance column in Canadian Audiologist, an executive member of the National Vestibular Special Interest Group, and volunteers his time with ACSLPA, CAA and SAC. Dr. Vekasi was awarded the 2020 Professional Leadership Award from A.T. Still University.