SAC Webinar: The Importance of Fall Risk Screening in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Dr. Michael J. Vekasi, AuD, R.Aud, Aud(C), FAAA
November 10 2021
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Dr. Michael J. Vekasi will now be presenting this webinar in place of Janine Verge.

Registration deadline is November 10, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

November 10, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Time Zone Time
Pacific Time 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mountain Time 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Central Time 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Eastern Time 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Atlantic Time 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Newfoundland Time 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.



SAC Members and Associates


*All registered participants must be SAC members/associates



Cancellation Policy: Because we have limited spaces available for participants, if you are unable to attend the webinar you registered for, please contact Bev Cooper at as soon as possible.



Intended audience: Speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology assistant, audiologists, audiology assistant, speech and hearing assistant, students

This session pertains to: Adult (18-64), Seniors (65+)

Level: Introductory (Assumes that the participant has little or no familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)



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.


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biography

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.

Accessing the Webinar

Zoom is used to host this webinar. Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues.

Note about internet: We suggest you DO NOT use a Wi-Fi connection to view the webinar as it can be unreliable and you may lose connectivity during the presentation.


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