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Phoniatris in Slovenia

The Republic of Slovenia has about 2.000.000 inhabitants. There are 97 active members of the Slovenian ORL Society. Only 3 doctors are working in phoniatrics. Two phoniatricians are employed at the Center for Voice, Speech, and Swallowing Disorders, division of the University Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Cervicofacial Surgery in Ljubljana. The third phoniatrician works at the University Department for Otorhinolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery in Maribor. They are organized in a phoniatric branch of an audiologic-phoniatric section of the Slovenian ORL Society. The president of the branch is Prof. Irena Hocevar-Boltezar from University Department of ORL & HNS in Ljubljana.

There is no special training in phoniatrics in Slovenia, therefore »phoniatrician« is not an officially recognized title in Slovenia. The Slovenian phoniatricians had to gain additional knowledge during their visits and training in well-known phoniatric centers abroad. At the moment in Slovenia, there is one trainee of otorhinolaryngology who will continue with further education in phoniatrics.

In the year 2014 there were some events devoted to phoniatric topics. On April 16, The World Voice Day, a lecture entitled »Voice – a mirror of the soul« was presented by Prof. Hocevar-Boltezar at the Music Academy. One week before December 12, a lecture on »Swallowing problems in children with cerebral palsy« took place in Ljubljana. The members of the phoniatric branch took part in several congresses talking about voice problems.

In the year 2015 a lecture on the World Voice Day and the World Swallowing Day is planned.

Prof. Irena Hocevar-Boltezar, The Head of Phoniatric Branch of Audiology-Phoniatric Section of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phoniatris in Slovenia

As Slovenia has only 2.000.000 inhabitants, there are only 102 members of the Slovenian ORL Society and only 3 doctors practising phoniatrics. All three doctors work in both tertiary centers in Ljubljana and Maribor. They are organized in a phoniatric branch of a Audiologic-Phoniatric Section of the Slovenian ORL Society. The president of the branch is Prof. Irena Hocevar-Boltezar from University Department of ORL & HNS in Ljubljana.

There is no special training in phoniatrics in Slovenia, therefore »phoniatrician« is not an officially recognized title in Slovenia. The Slovenian phoniatricians had to gain additional knowledge during their visits and training in well-known phoniatric centers abroad.

In the year 2013 there were no events devoted only to phoniatric topics. However, Slovenian phoniatricians had participated as invited lecturers in a Symposium on rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy, a Symposium on new diagnostic and treatment principles in rehabilitation medicine, and in a Symposium on The World Voice Day organised by a Music School.

In the autumn in 2014 a Symposium on treatment of children with clefts is planned.

Prof. Irena Hocevar-Boltezar, The Head of Phoniatric branch of Audiology-Phoniatric Section of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia