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Office workers with more light exposure at work had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.

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Can you be sleep deprived without knowing it? Sleep is not always prioritised however the implications can be devastating. Even one night sleep deprived can be impacting your body on a variety of different levels; physically and psychologically. The only way to know if you are getting consolidated sleep is to monitor with specialised equipment what is happening when you are asleep.

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In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Study paticipant reports of sleep disorder frequency, sleep patterns and complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness suggest that sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic in the MS population.

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A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second "sleep node" identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.  Using designer genes, researchers were able to 'turn on' specific neurons in the brainstem that result in deep sleep.

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Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and earlier death. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment - cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Getting enough sleep is important to people of any age, but it is especially so for teenagers, with insufficient sleep possibly being linked to obesity as an adult.

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Our Support Team

Our specialist team consisting of sleep and thoracic specialists physicians, sleep scientists, sleep nurses, night technicians, CPAP educators and administrative staff will ensure that your patient receives the highest quality care while attending our clinics.

Medical Staff

Dr Andrew Scott

Dr Andrew Scott
Sleep and Thoracic Physician, CEO and Director
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I grew up in… 1970s, when running barefoot to your local creek was fun, and mum didn't care
I start my day by… turning the music on and listening to one song
I would love to be… a better singer in my morning shower
When I am not working, I am… getting to the beach as often as I can
I wish I could… surf a bigger wave
My favourite restaurant is… my mum's kitchen
Most people don't know… I played double bass in a jazz group
When I was growing up I wanted to be… the bionic marvel Steve Austin
My all time favourite movie is… The Exorcist.
I couldn't live without… happiness
My greatest achievement is… still being here
My most annoying habit is… being a little obsessive with my work
The one person I would most like to meet is… my uncle again. I miss him a lot.

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Dr John FeenstraDr John Feenstra
Sleep and Thoracic Physician and Director
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I grew up in… Brisbane
I start my day by… having breakfast with my children
I would love to be… a better handyman
When I am not working, I am… spending time with family and friends
I wish I could… live in Boston for a year
My favourite restaurant is… Ecco Bistro
Most people don't know… I’m a petrol head
When I was growing up I wanted to be… a pilot
My all time favourite movie is… Lord of the Rings
I couldn't live without… travelling and a good beer
My greatest achievement is… my family
My most annoying habit is… saying ‘yes’ and being over committed
The one person I would most like to meet is… ‘the Stig’.

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CPAP Educators

kelly-lynchKelly Lynch
The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre
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Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • 5 years experience in sleep science

Nursing staff

Marie-Louise Oegemamarie_louise_omega
Sleep RN

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Four years of training at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg South Africa.


TravisTravis Bell
Sleep RN

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Nursing

Scientific Staff


Cheryl Scott
Deputy Sleep Lab ManagerIMG_0336
Senior Sleep Scientist
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Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist
  • 12 years experience in sleep science



Tina SchurmannTina Schurmann
Marketing Manager
Sleep Scientist
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Training / Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience)
  • 3 years experience sleep technician


Natalie Eriksson
Sleep Scientist
Quality Assurance OfficeNat

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Biochechistry)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.) (Biomedical Sciences)


Yeshan Ekanayake
Sleep Scientist

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Physiology, Zoology, Animal Science)
  • Graduate Diploma Sport Science
  • Post Graduate Certificate Sport Science


Daniel McDonaldDan

Respiratory Scientist
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Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Stephanie Walker
Sleep Technician

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science

bryan_mcmanus
Bryan McManus
Sleep Technician 

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Medicine (student)


Ehsan Panahi
Sleep Technician

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons)


Nick CiufetelliNick
Sleep Technician

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Policing
  • Certificate IV Fitness


Hannah Rose

Sleep Technician

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science


Ally HawthornAlly
Sleep Technician

Training/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science 

Clinic Staff

Jodie Quinnjodie2
Medical Secretary, Dr Andrew Scott




Trish McDonnell

Medical Secretary, Dr Andrew ScottTrish2 
 

 

 



Dale Troiban
Dale Troian

Practice Manager, Dr John Feenstra



Diane Van Zelmdi
Receptionist, Dr John Feenstra 

Management and Administrative Staff


Margaret MartellMargaret Martell
General Manager

Training/Qualifications:

  • 15 years experience in medical and legal accounting managment.

Tessa LivingstoneTessa Livingstone
Bookings Manager

Training/Qualifications:

  • 15 years experience in administration.

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Tamarin Wells

Book keeper

Training/Qualifications:

  • 14 year managerial and book keeping experience

Arianna_Safi
Arianna Safi
Senior administrative officer, TSGQ

Training/Qualifications:

  • 2 years of administrative experience.
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