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University of Newcastle AU - Sleep Disorders Centre

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University of Newcastle AU - Sleep Disorders Centre
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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+61 2 4921 5000
Fax
+61 2 4985 4200
Website
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/



University of Newcastle AU - Sleep Disorders Centre

A sleep research laboratory was founded in 1979 by Professor Saunders and Stephen Gyulay, through the Department of Medicine at the University of Newcastle. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) provided research funds to purchase equipment for a one-bedroom facility.

From 1979 until 1982 sleep studies were mainly for research purposes. Studies were initially done in the afternoon with the patients sleep deprived the previous night. This proved to be unsuccessful and by mid 1979 studies were moved to the nights and were performed by Professor Saunders and Stephen Gyulay.

In 1983 a clinical service was provided to the community for the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). A nurse was employed to come in at night and do the sleep studies. Up until then sleep studies were performed by the day tech.

1986 saw a second bedroom equipped for sleep studies being added to the facility and part-time technicians were employed to set-up a the patients. Sleep studies were being conducted from Monday through to Friday nights.
The University had insufficient funds to continue operating the sleep laboratory and in January 1987 the Royal Newcastle Hospital took over the operation of the Clinical Sleep Laboratory. In November 1988 we gained secretarial assistance of two days per week. In February, 1989 the third bedroom was added and equipment was funded by the Hospital. The technician position used for set-up of patients was extended to an all night position with the nurse.
In 1990 a research project into testing the viability of using an oximeter in the patient's home to detect disordered breathing was conducted. In October of the same year there was an evening shift added to help out with sleep study analysis and set-up the 3rd patient.

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