Great news from ACHA recently, regarding their acquisition of the Medrobotics Flex® Robotic System!

A/Prof Eng Ooi is fully trained in the use of this innovative system for Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS), used for the treatment of patients with tonsil and throat cancer, snoring and OSA.




Flinders Private Hospital is proud to share our newest robotic acquisition and is the first private hospital in Australia with the Medrobotics Flex® Robotic System for Colorectal Surgery.

Medrobotics expanded the use of the Flex® Robotic system to provide robot-assisted control of the Flex® Colorectal Drive during visualisation and surgical site access to the anus, rectum and distal colon.

The Flex® Robotic System is also used by Otorhinolaryngologists to treat benign and malignant disease of the oropharynx and larynx, as well as sleep apnoea surgery. The Flex® Robotic System gives Surgeons the ability to access anatomical locations that were previously difficult or impossible to reach minimally invasively.

Please contact Ms Mandy Burnett (Business Manager) at for further information about the robot and other Otorhinolaryngology and Colorectal Surgery services at Flinders Private Hospital.

Associate Professor Eng Ooi will be speaking on the topic of Upper Airway Surgery in Snoring & OSA on Wednesday 17 October 2018 in Brisbane.

Singapore ENT

Associate Professor Eng Ooi is teaching at the 22nd Singapore FESS and skull base surgery course 11-13 August 2018.

World Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Day is on Friday 27 July 2018.

Free Oral screening is available in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) function room on Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 12pm – 3pm.

See flyer below for details.

Head & Neck Cancer Forum

You are invited to attend a free public educational forum presented in association with World Head & Neck Cancer Day.

Suitable for both Health Professionals and patients. See flyer below for registration details.

Meet the Organ

Can we talk without a tongue? Why can only some people roll their tongue? What is a geographical tongue?

David Bevan from ABC Mornings radio recently spoke with our very own Associate Professor Eng Ooi to try to answer these questions and more on Meet the Organ.–tongue/9811436

Adelaide ENT Surgery have a special interest in Head & Neck Cancer
A/Prof Eng Ooi and Dr Himani Joshi both have a special interest in Head & Neck Cancer and both have a strong affiliation with FMC’s H&N Cancer Multi-disciplinary group .
They both firmly believe that Multi-disciplinary management (a group of different specialties who meet weekly to discuss the best treatment options for patients with Head & Neck Cancer) is the optimal pathway for patients with cancer.

Car Parking at Flinders Private Hospital
Recent car parking issues at Flinders Private Hospital have been alleviated with the doubling of car parking spaces!!
Hopefully this will help make your visit to Adelaide ENT Surgery as stress-free as possible!

Education and Training
A/Professor Ooi is on the faculty helping to teach and train ENT surgeons on endoscopic sinus surgery and managing vascular complications 22nd to 25th November, 2017
20th Advanced Adelaide FESS course
10th Adelaide Endoscopic Management of Vascular Injuries
Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) is now offered for privately insured patients using the exciting new Medrobotics flex system. Associate Professor Ooi is currently being proctored by other experienced ENT robotic surgeons to use the Medrobotics flex system at Memorial Hospital as part of a team approach for the treatment of patients in South Australia with tonsil and throat cancer, snoring and OSA. Robotic surgery is one treatment option and the indications, risks and benefits should be discussed with your treating surgeon.

Adelaide ENT Surgery welcomes Dr Himani Joshi to our practice.
Dr Himani Joshi completed her advanced paediatric and adult ENT training in South Australia, leading to a formal fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Dr Joshi has vast experience in adult and paediatric ENT, with a special interest in all aspects of paediatric otorhinolaryngology and the management of cancerous and non-cancerous tumours of the head and neck.
Dr Joshi is a visiting ENT consultant at Flinders Medical Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  She consults privately here at Adelaide ENT Surgery at Flinders Private Hospital and also at Robe Terrace Specialist Suites in Medindie.
Dr Himani Joshi is committed to delivering the very highest quality in patient care.
Appointments are available now.

ENT Coblation course: A skills worship for ENT surgical trainees.
Trainees from SA and interstate will be attending to learn about coblation technology in ENT surgery. Our own A/Prof Eng Ooi will be teaching on this course.

A/Prof Eng Ooi, Tracey Nicholls and the ENT surgery team provided free oral cancer screening and a video about Head and Neck Cancer to raise awareness on World Head and Neck Cancer Day July 27 , 2017.

Adelaide Tracheostomy Course
The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) is holding its inaugural Tracheostomy Course on September 13-14, 2017 at Tonsley, Adelaide
A/Prof Eng Ooi is a faculty member of this course
This course is open to medical, nursing, and allied health staff involved in tracheostomy’s
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7 News – Wed 31/5/17 –  Segment entitled “Cosmetic Surgery May Help Snoring”
There has been an overwhelming response to last night’s segment on 7 News about treatment for Sleep Apnoea.
A/Prof Eng Ooi performs the procedure mentioned in the segment and is participating in the NHMRC trial on surgery for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
If you feel you fit the criteria necessary to be a participant in the trial, please contact Alison on the number below:

Our very own Dr Trish MacFarlane has been a quiet achiever in South Australia and Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities, determined to improve the ear health of Aboriginal children.
She recently featured in an article in The Sunday Mail’s health issue (7/5/17), hoping to bring much needed awareness to the ever increasing rate of ear disease in these children.
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“Stop the Sneeze, Stop the Wheeze. One Airway, One Disease”

Educational meeting for GPs providing clinical insights from A/Prof Eng Ooi and Prof David Price on the diagnosis and management of upper and lower airway disease.

Tuesday 29 November 2016 – 6.30pm at The Lion Hotel.    Please contact Adelaide ENT Surgery if you would like to attend.

Sponsored by Meda Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd.

Do you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?
CPAP treatment not working for you?
Aged between 18 – 70?
Well, you may be a suitable candidate for the NHMRC trial on surgery for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)


Adelaide ENT Surgery would like to inform their patients and referring doctors that Dr Eng Ooi has recently received a promotion to Associate Professor with Full Academic Status at Flinders University.

Flinders researchers working on blood test to detect head and neck cancers.

A/Professor Eng Ooi on Channel 7 news

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Exciting developments at Flinders Medical Centre with Associate Professor Eng Ooi (Southern Health News): Research to develop a blood test for head and neck cancer and an ENT nurse practitioner for head and neck cancer improving care for ENT patients

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Flinders Medical Centre has people power to thank for a state of the art new laser (Channel 7 news)

Dr Eng Ooi and the new KTP laser at Flinders Medical Centre

Sinus surgery can improve a patient’s quality of sleep

The prevalence of sleep dysfunction is high in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and significantly improves after endoscopic sinus surgery; in patients with CRS and comordid obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), sinus surgery confers substantial improvements in quality-of-life, according to a new report (JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141:873-881).

Hayfever season

The hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) has started in Adelaide. It can cause you to have thick mucus rhinorrhea (runny nose), sneezing, nose feeling “blocked”, itchy eyes and nose. Treatment is allergen avoidance, nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines. Surgery can help with breathing although it is not a cure for your “allergies”. Please speak to your GP if initial treatment is not helping you as you may benefit from a referral to an ENT specialist to assess if surgery can help you breathe better.

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

The most common cause of childhood OSA is enlarged adenoids and tonsils. It can cause the following signs and symptoms: snoring loudly, noisy breathing during sleep, pauses in breathing during sleep, choking, gasping during sleep, mouth breathing, hyper extended head position during sleep, tiredness on waking despite a long nights sleep, difficulty paying attention, behaviour problems and learning difficulties. Treatment with tonsillectomy and / or adenoidectomy is successful is most children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Your child should be referred for a specialist ENT assessment if you are concerned they could have OSA.

Cambodian Ear Care Project

Associate Professor Eng Ooi will be in Cambodia in October doing voluntary work with other ENT surgeons, anaesthetists, audiologists and nurses training Cambodian Ear Care workers to care for ear disease and providing clinics and operating services.

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Dissection Courses for training ENT Surgeons

Adelaide Head and Neck Dissection Course

Associate Professor Eng Ooi is on faculty for the upcoming Adelaide Head and Neck Dissection and Airway Management Course 23rd to 24th November 2015 teaching registrars and consultants the knowledge and practical instruction in resection techniques on head and neck surgery and also experience with airway emergency and surgical resuscitation of airway. All ENT registrars and newly qualified ENT surgeons are welcome for this course

Advanced FESS course

Associate Professor Eng Ooi is on faculty for the 18th Advanced Adelaide FESS course between 26th to 28th November 2015. He will be teaching ENT registrars and surgeons advanced endoscopic sinus surgery techniques at this cadaveric course.

ENT undergraduate teaching

Dr Trish MacFarlane is the lead for medical student teaching at Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre. She has updated the medical student teaching program with a hands on approach to teaching basic ENT skills such as using a thudicum’s speculum, how to do otoscopy in children, using tuning forks, and interpreting audiograms. Dr MacFarlane has developed a MCQ test on basic ENT knowledge at the end of the medical student teaching program to assess their learning.  Dr MacFarlane and Dr Ooi also actively teach medical students in clinics, on ward rounds and in the operating theatre. Several medical students under our supervision have successfully completed audit projects with the ENT Surgery Unit at Flinders Medical Centre, resulting in improvements in treatment protocols for ENT patients.

New academic ENT Surgery practice in Adelaide and Flinders Private Hospital

Associate Professor Eng Ooi has been providing specialist Ear, Nose and Throat surgical care for patients in the Southern region and Adelaide, South Australia for the last 6 years. A/Professor Ooi is an ENT surgeon with private appointments at Flinders Private Hospital, Memorial Hospital, public hospital appointments at Flinders Medical Centre, and Flinders University

Associate Professor Ooi’s research interests include developing a blood test for detecting tonsil cancer (currently there is no blood test available), NHMRC trial on surgery for treating obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), improving endoscopic sinus surgery techniques (the Sinus Stent study)), and innate immune causes of chronic sinusitis (research papers)

Associate Professor Eng Ooi opened a new Academic focused ENT Surgery practice to provide private care for patients at Flinders Private Hospital.

Adelaide ENT Surgery has 2 ENT Surgeons consulting at the practice. Our 2 surgeons have admitting rights at Flinders Private Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre. There are appointments available Monday – Friday. We can see urgent cases at short notice. Please speak to our practice nurse in the rooms if the referral is urgent.