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Management of chronic cough and related disorders - course posterThe management of Chronic Cough and related disorders

The British Voice Association AGM* Study Day
Sunday 2nd July 2017
, 10:45am-4:00pm (AGM 9:30-10:15am*)
The Assembly Hall, Baden Powell House, 65 – 67 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5JS

Cough is a common complaint which affects many people, including professional voice users. Acute cough resolves spontaneously, but what about the chronic cough that persists despite medical and pharmacological treatment?

Cough may be due to a variety of factors ranging from respiratory infection, asthma, rhinitis and reflux to pollution or smoky environment. Because of its complexity, the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with chronic cough involves an interdisciplinary team. The day will cover allergy, pulmonary medicine and ENT, exploring pathophysiology and treatment options. The role of speech therapy and respiratory physiotherapy treatment for chronic cough will be discussed. We will also hear about singing for lung health, an initiative supported by the British Lung Foundation.

Study Day concludes with the presentation of the 2017 Gunnar Rugheimer Lecture by Mel Churcher
*The Association’s Annual General Meeting (for members only) precedes the Study Day

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Provisional – may be subject to revision (published 26/05/17)

Starts 9am for those attending the AGM + Study Day
Starts 10am for those attending the Study Day only


9:30 – 10:15
Annual General Meeting

BVA members only

10:15 – 10:45
Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:05
Harsha Kariyawasam

Cough Syndromes and Neuropathic Cough

11:05 – 11:25
Kamran Tariq

Respiratory aspects of chronic cough

11:25 – 11:45
Jonathan Fishman

ENT assessment and management of the chronic cough,with particular focus on reflux

11:45 – 12:05
Fiona Gillies

The Speech & Language Therapist role in assessment and management of the chronic cough and contribution to the MDT team

12:05 – 12:25
Rebecca Livingstone
The physiotherapist’s role in assessment and management of chronic cough as part of the MDT team

12:25 – 13:00
Panel Discussion
Chair: Ruth Epstein

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 14:45
Phoene Cave

Singing for lung health and the British Lung Foundation: presentation and practical session

14:45 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:00

Gunnar Rugheimer Lecture 2017

Mel Churcher: Voice: The Cinderella of the Film Industry
Voice is little regarded in the film business, either by actors or directors. Sets are dry, smoky, unhealthy places. Unlike theatre, many actors don’t see a need to warm up or cool down for screen. Directors hope to ‘fix it in post’. Yet voice is vital for an actor’s screen presence. Once, sound was king. Why is voice now so neglected in screen work? And what can we do?


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  • Earlybird rate – until 9th June 2017
    Members: £95
    Non-members: £120
    Students: £65

  • Standard rate – after 9th June 2017
    Members: £115
    Non-members: £140
    Students: £85



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