167427 - GP Seminar: Sleep in theory and practice
- : Online
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research invites you to come along to an evening seminar.
We will discuss adult and paediatric sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, and associated mental disorders.
Come along to hear the latest research, discuss relevant issues and identify alternative assessments and treatments that may assist your practice.
Sleep disorders affect millions of people across all age groups worldwide. In Australia, sleep disorders are estimated to affect about 1.5 million people. Sleep disorders are also associated with absenteeism, at a significant economic cost. The productivity losses and expenses linked with sick leave cost Australians $32.5 billion annually.
Sleep disturbances are also highly prevalent in children and, without appropriate treatment, can become chronic and last for many years. Sleepiness in children may manifest as irritability, behavioural problems, learning difficulties, motor vehicle crashes (teenagers), and poor academic performance. Among adult sleep disorders, narcolepsy is a chronic condition characterised by excessive daytime sleepiness and uncontrollable bouts of falling sleep. It affects roughly 1 in 2,000 to 3,000 people and targets men and women equally. The condition is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 30.