Making a decision about tonsillectomy

Held on: Wednesday 6th November 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT

Hosted by: 

Safer Care Victoria in partnership with the Western Victorian Primary Health Network


Paediatric Clinical Network

This session is particularly for general practitioners, GP registrars and GP practice nurses and covers:

• Appropriate treatment options for children with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or recurrent tonsillitis 
• Paediatric State-wide HealthPathways
• Consumer resources to support parents in making a decision about tonsillectomy.

We sincerely thank the multitude of health consumers who contributed and participated in the design and production of the videos that are contained in this webinar. We advise that CHF (Consumers Health Forum) ‘With Consumers’ tick approval is pending.

For further information contact:

Libby White, Paediatric Project Lead, Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network

or phone (03) 9096 7534

About your presenters:

Mr. Mark Guirguis

Mr. Mark Guirguis’ medical journey began as a medical student at Monash University in 1988.  He subsequently finished medical training in 1993 and went on to have further training at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.  From there, he commenced general surgical training and subsequently specialised in ear, nose and throat head and neck surgery, obtaining his fellowship from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2004.  From there, his family and Mark spent a year in London, where he undertook a specialty head and neck fellowship and returned to Australia in 2005, commencing private and public practice in Melbourne and Ballarat.

Since arriving in Ballarat, Mark Guirguis has enjoyed being a part of the Ballarat community and servicing the paediatric and adult ear, nose and throat needs of Ballarat and the surrounding regions of Western Victoria.  He has a subspecialty interest in thyroid disease and head and neck cancers, and he takes great pride in setting up the head and neck cancer service in Ballarat, where most head and neck cancers can be managed locally. He still holds appointments at St Vincent’s Hospital and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, occasionally, complex cases need to be performed at these hospitals. Mr. Mark Guirguis also enjoys teaching medical students, holding appointments at the University of Melbourne, Notre Dame University and Deakin University and being a medical examiner.  He is involved with several committees for the Department of Health and Human Services.  He performs public ear, nose and throat and head and neck surgery at Ballarat Health Services and Maryborough Hospital, along with St Vincent’s Hospital and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Mr. Mark Guirguis practices privately in his clinic at Ear, Nose and Throat Ballarat, St John of God Hospital and Ballarat Day Procedure Centre.

Outside of medicine, Mr. Mark Guirguis thoroughly enjoys living in Ballarat with his wife and four children and being an active member of the community.  He is heavily involved with the arts in Ballarat, sponsoring the Guirguis New Art Prize, and being a board member of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Chairman of the Art Gallery of Ballarat Foundation. His children share a keen interest in sport, so he has had the fortune of coaching several junior basketball and soccer teams over the years.  This has certainly helped maintain his skills with paediatric patients in persuading and encouraging their cooperation during a consultation.

Mr. Mark Guirguis also takes great pride in establishing Ear, Nose and Throat Ballarat, a complete service for ear, nose, throat and head and neck surgery in Western Victoria.

Assoc Prof. Gillian Nixon, Safer Care Victorian 

I am a paediatric respiratory and sleep physician at Monash Children’s Hospital, with an academic appointment in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University. I am also the Head of Paediatric Sleep Research in the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre at Monash Children’s Hospital. My medical practice is centered on the management of children with respiratory and sleep disorders including snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. My research is focused on improvements in the diagnostic and treatment pathway for snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea in children, including developing simplified diagnostic tools and driving improvements in evidence-based treatment pathways. These activities place me in an ideal situation to lead Safer Care Victoria’s Reducing Clinical Variation in Paediatric Adenotonsillectomy project.  This project is aimed at reducing the variation in the rate of children having their tonsils and adenoids removed across Victoria and partnering with health services across the state to reduce readmission rates of children following tonsillectomy +/-  adenoidectomy.