Occ Health Safety & Performance
The new Occupational Health, Safety and Performance SIG will integrate the strong academic and clinical background of the Australasian Sleep Association with the experience of health and safety and industry professionals. This will provide a fertile opportunity to share ideas across disciplines, promote Association input to policy and optimise sleep health in industry. Whilst a number of members provide active input to occupational health and safety in industry the SIG will strengthen input from the Association into this important area, improving the translation of science into practice and helping the scientific community to understand operational and implementation opportunities and challenges in industrial settings. In addition to inviting ASA members to participate we will actively seek involvement from industry and the occupational health and safety community.
The SIG will enable these groups to:
- Share information and knowledge
- Develop joint industry and academic projects
- Educate industry and the workforce
- Increase awareness and public health knowledge
- Reduce accidents and illness
- Pool resources to combat shared issues
- Provide input to government policy and industry groups on a national and international level
This SIG will complement existing special interest groups within the ASA and indeed need to draw upon expertise from a range of disciplines. It will provide opportunities for translational research and major public health benefit, assisting us to achieve our vision and mission. It is an opportune time to combine scientific and industrial strengths to improve the health of all Australians at work, at play or at rest.
10th Dec 14
“There is good evidence that sleep acts like a glue that holds memories together – that it’s important for memory consolidation, and the flip side, forgetting,” says Associate Professor Kurt Lushington, director of the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia.
24th Oct 14
On 17 October 2014, the outcomes of several major National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia funding schemes were announced. A total of 8 sleep and circadian related project grants were awarded.
9th Oct 14
Dr Michael Hlavac, NZ Branch Committee chairman of the Australasian Sleep Association and director of the sleep unit at Christchurch Hospital, said about 20 per cent of adults had sleep apnoea. It was twice as common in men.