Sleep Technician Training Course
MODULE 1: PERFORMING DIAGNOSTIC POLYSOMNOGRAPHY (A SLEEP STUDY)
Teacher/Coordinator: Roy Sweeney PGDipMedTech (Sleep w/merit) – Otago Uni
This entry-level module is designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in the performance of a diagnostic sleep study. At the completion of the course, students will be able to perform high quality diagnostic sleep studies in accordance with the world standard (American Academy of Sleep Medicine V2.5).
This course will cover the common diagnostic study types, application of electrodes, hardware and software operation, troubleshooting, as well as the monitoring of patients undergoing testing. Students will undertake classes exploring normal sleep and normal physiology during sleep and progress to coverage of common abnormalities seen during sleep, including brain function (EEG) abnormalities, respiratory problems (sleep disordered breathing), cardiac arrhythmias and movement disorders.
Students will gain experience with two polysomnography systems used widely throughout Australia and internationally, in the recording and analysis of sleep data:
Compumedic Grael 2
Philips Respironics G3
Learning material will be presented via lectures/tutorials and overnight practical sessions. Upon conclusion of the module, students will be required to confidently and efficiently provide full diagnostic Polysomnography (PSG) service for two patients per night. Successful completion of this module will enhance students' employability in private and public sleep laboratories/clinics and sleep research centres.
WHAT IS A SLEEP TECHNICIAN?
A Sleep Technician is a person who is trained in polysomnography – setup and monitoring of patients to investigate sleep problems. The majority of their work is performed in the evening and/or overnight. There are daytime roles for Sleep Technicians and Sleep Technologists such as sleep study scoring and analysis, and performing MSLT’s (Multiple Sleep Latency Tests or Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests).
Polysomnography (PSG) is the application of multiple electrodes and sensors to monitor various parameters of sleep, such as brain activity, respiration and gas exchange, cardiac rhythm and body movement.
5 august 2019
4 November 2019
Prerequisites: Fluency in written and spoken English, evidence of updated vaccination status.
Recommended: Current or completed study of medicine, nursing, neuroscience, medical science, exercise science, psychology (health care). Previous experience in the health sector is advantageous.
We welcome expressions of interest from experienced Sleep Technician and Sleep Technologists. Please forward your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and write ‘Sleep Technician/Technologist’ in the subject line of your email.
Other opportunities are available throughout Australia and overseas for qualified Sleep Technicians and Sleep Technologists. See http://sleeptechnologists.org/ for recent vacancies listed on the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association website.
Employers seeking trained staff are also welcome to advise us of their vacancies.
"As a student of psychology, particularly interested in sleep and health, I was looking for a job that would be related to sleep. I discovered a course - performing diagnostic polysomnography - at Woolcock website. I found the course challenging, informative and beyond my expectations. In one month I learnt more than I ever thought I would in such a short period of time. Now I can operate 3 different PSG systems, confidently run diagnostic sleep studies, apply electrodes and sensors, monitor patients during night, and distinguish between healthy and pathological sleep by reading electrophysiological measurements. I really enjoyed working overnight, providing patients with the best care, and working in the friendly, knowledgeable and caring environment. This course opened the door to an interesting and enjoyable employment, which is well suited to my lifestyle."
~ Past student
“As someone who has a background in psychology with an innate interest in chronobiology, becoming acquainted with the application of polysomnography seemed to be the next logical move in terms of advancing my career, both from a research and clinical perspective. The course was highly instructive, providing the opportunity to become skilful in the application of two polysomnography systems, Compumedic Grael 2 and Philips Respironics G3, both of which are widely used in the study of sleep, and as a diagnostic tool in the field of sleep medicine. I found the staff at the Woolcock Institute extremely professional, helpful, and supportive throughout, and post course."
~ Past student