New Sleep Disorders Services accreditations in Queensland and NSW

HeadachePrincess Alexandra Hospital

Princess Alexandra Hospital's (PAH) Sleep Disorders Centre in Brisbane has received accreditation by the joint NATA and Australasian Sleep Association process.

The four-year accreditation acknowledges the Sleep Centre's compliance with the Australasian Sleep Association Standard for Sleep Disorders Services and compliance with international standards for laboratory services.

Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at PAH, Associate Professor Craig Hukins, said this was a significant achievement for the centre which experiences particularly high demand from the ageing population of south east Queensland.

"Metro South Health has the largest population catchment in Queensland," Dr Hukins said.

"Sleep disorders have been recognised as one of the health priorities for the community because they are common and cause significant health impacts, including increased risk of motor vehicle and work related accidents, reduced productivity, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and possibly even cancer.

"PAH receives a large amount of referrals from all throughout southern Queensland, central Queensland and northern New South Wales which includes many areas with a higher prevalence of people with cardiovascular health issues.

The PAH Sleep Disorders Centre is one of the busiest centres in Queensland, with almost 2000 new referrals per year and more than 5900 occasions of service and 1700 sleep studies in 2012/13.

The Sleep Disorders Centre manages patients with a large variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnoea, respiratory failure, narcolepsy, insomnia and sleep disorders complicating serious disorders such as Motor Neurone Disease, obstructive lung disease and muscular dystrophies.

Westmead Hospital

Westmead Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Service has become the first in NSW to receive accreditation by the joint NATA and Australasian Sleep Association process

The service conducts complex overnight sleep studies in monitoring rooms as well as in the comfort of patients’ homes.

Department of respiratory and sleep medicine director Professor John Wheatley said the accreditation demonstrated Westmead Hospital is offering the highest quality service.

“It means our community will receive excellent care through our state-of-the-art treatments, accurate results, and international best-practice standards,” Professor Wheatley said.