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Introduction to Sleep (2024)

September 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER, 2024  – 09:00 – 17:00


About the course :-

This introductory course is targeted to OTs working across all sectors (all conditions, all age groups). The aim of the course is to provide evidence-based information about sleep and circadian science, translated through the OT lens for practical and individualised application to all client settings.

This course will cover

  • the importance of sleep and circadian health
  • how sleep works, sleep disorders, general resources for sleep support
  • practical approaches to sleep assessment in the home setting
  • practical strategies to promote sleep in everyday living
  • practical resources (information, equipment, people) that are fundamental to individualised sleep support, and safety

Using the SleepLinks Sleep Comfort Map’ as a guide, we will cover assessment, information, and equipment resources for

  • health and medical comfort
  • activities and routines comfort
  • sleep setting comfort
  • thermal comfort
  • sensory comfort
  • social-emotional-communication comfort
  • position and movement comfort

You will learn why sleep and circadian health is a fundamental concern for all OTs, and how it is ‘all about everything’ (our physical and mental health, activities, environments, personal factors). You will hear client stories which illustrate the individualised and collaborative approach that underpins the OT approach to sleep support. You will learn about practical strategies and resources for contextual assessment and sleep support. You will have hands-on demonstration of equipment options to support sensory comfort, thermal comfort, body position support, mobility and safety for sleep. With the OT lens, you will learn that ‘Comfort’ means what is just right, for each person and their family or caregivers; and that ‘Safety’ is about their medical safety, physical safety and social-emotional safety.

About the presenter :-

Sue McCabe (BSc, MSc, PhD) is the provider of SleepLinks occupational therapy service in Perth. She has worked as an occupational therapist for over 40 years in Perth, NT and the UK and has clinical background in rehabilitation, community and customised-equipment settings. She has worked with people of all ages with developmental, neurological, neuro-motor and musculo-skeletal conditions.

Over the past 20+ years, Sue has been focused on sleep and circadian health – recognising the impact of poor sleep on the health, wellbeing and participation of people with disabilities and physical and mental health conditions (and their families) and learning about the complex and diverse factors of concern. Sue received a Churchill Fellowship in 2006, visiting UK and Canada to learn from expert clinicians and researchers. She completed PhD studies in 2019, with research focus on the multiple factors which affect sleep of children with cerebral palsy, and on understanding thermoregulation during sleep. Sue’s learning is most importantly through her contact with the 100’s of clients and families, who have described their unique sleep difficulties and the effects on their everyday lives. It is enhanced by ongoing collaboration with colleagues across Perth, Australia and internationally.

Sue provides sleep training across the occupational therapy and allied health sector. She has been an invited presenter of sleep and research information to clinicians across Australia and in New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, and the UK. She is particularly passionate about the importance of strong sleep knowledge for OTs, within the context of circadian health – the 24-hour rhythms which are so fundamental to all aspects of mental and physical health, function and participation.

Introduction to Sleep
Date Friday September 13th, 2024

09:00 – 17:00

Venue Pagoda Conference Room, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como




Early bird before 13/7/24

Member/Student $250.00

Rural/remote member $200.00

Non-members $495.00

Standard rate after 13/7/24

Member/Student $300.00

Rural/remote member $237.50

Non-members $495.00

Refreshments Welcome Tea/Coffee, Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
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September 13
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


WA Occupational Therapy Association


Pagoda Ballroom, Pagoda Resort
112 Melville Parade
Como, Western Australia 6152 Australia
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