Sleep DownUnder 2021

Life Course Centre researchers will present a plenary session at this virtual event

The Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) is the peak scientific body in Australia and New Zealand representing clinicians, scientists and researchers in the broad area of Sleep and is the host of Sleep DownUnder 2021

About this event

“The mission of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) is to lead and promote sleep health and sleep science in Australia and New Zealand and to facilitate the professional development of its members by providing education and training, fostering research and establishing clinical standards within the field.”

Life Course Centre Researchers are presenting a plenary session at this event
Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 9:30am-11:00am  AEDT
Title: Sleep and society: continuity and chaos across the life course

This plenary session is for anyone interested in sleep, and the impacts and interactions between sleep and everyday life.

Sleep is a social issue. Across the life course sleep is foundational for behavioural regulation, social wellbeing, and learning. Culture, social circumstance, work patterns, education, childcare and aged care patterns all significantly contribute to, and respond to the duration, pattern and regularity of sleep. Adequate sleep quantity and quality is a human right and sleep security is vital for social wellbeing, learning and productivity. This plenary session presents a framework for understanding sleep in this context, and sets out a research priority agenda for sleep in society. Speakers will address key life course transitions (early childhood, adolescence, working age, and older age):

  • Sleep in a complex social world: sleep, families, and care environments
  • Sleep in a broadening social world: sleep, education and mental health
  • Sleep in a 24-hour society: sleep, work, and social disadvantage
  • Sleep in an ageing society: sleep, ageing and the ‘new old’

Event speakers

Dr Rosie Gibson, Massey University New Zealand
Prof Sally Ferguson, CQUniversity Australia
Dr Kalina Rossa, Life Course Centre Research Fellow

Life Course Centre Associate Investigator, Dr Yaqoot Fatima is also presenting at this event
Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 12:00-1:30pm AEDT
Title: Sleep health of Indigenous Australians: Untapped opportunities to improve health outcomes

Four presenters will provide the latest updates on sleep health and sleep health disparities in Indigenous Australian communities, highlighting the impact on cardiometabolic outcomes. They will share strategies for culturally-appropriate diagnosis and management of sleep issues and develop ideas for future research to promote sleep health in Indigenous communities. The speakers are four of the leading researchers in this field in Australia (including the Chair, Co-chair, and members of the ASA Indigenous Working Party).

Dr Yaqoot Fatima, an epidemiologist and sleep scientist, was among 12 Queensland scientists honoured at the 2021 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, held in Brisbane earlier this year. Her research is focussed on improving sleep health and empowering people to practice better sleep habits in rural, remote, and Indigenous populations.

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Date & Time

Sun, 10 – Tue, 12 October 2021

9:45 am – 6:00 pm (AEDT)