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Sleep – Disorders, Management and Treatment

Event number: 18963
6.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Professor Sarah Blunden

Sleep disorders have their aetiology in either physiological or psychological causes. Those which have a behavioural aetiology fall under the classification of Behavioural Sleep Disorders and are largely treated by behavioural Sleep Interventions. This presentation will include an overview of normal and abnormal sleep, causes and identification of behavioural sleep problems, assessments, prevention and interventions strategies based on cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia. Information will be drawn from the latest evidence and Professor Bluden's clinical experice from over 13 years as a Behavioural Sleep Psychologist. 

Learning Outcomes


After this session participants will be able to:

1.       Understand normal and abnormal sleep and identify behavioural sleep disorders 

2.       Treat the common behavioural sleep disorders with psychological sleep interventions

About the presenter(s)

Professor Sarah Blunden is a clinical psychologist and founder and director of the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep. Dr Blunden has spent the past 13 years researching, treating and lecturing on children's sleep both nationally and internationally, as well as delivering education and information sessions to the community, educators and health care professionals. Dr Blunden is recognised as an authority on children's sleep and is widely published in the field. She is a member of The Australian Psychological Society, The Australasian Sleep Association and the International Pediatric Sleep Association.

Dr Blunden is passionate about communicating the importance of sleep to communities. This passion developed during her early years of sleep research and it became apparent that there was a need for sleep education in the community. She has written Insomnia programs for adults based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for the Royal Adelaide Hospital .
She also directs the Paediatric Sleep Clinic based in Adelaide, South Australia for diagnosing and managing sleep problems in children and young people.

Online registration


Mercure Hotel
Palm Meadows Drive
Carrara, QLD 4211
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 14/10/2017
End date: 14/10/2017
Time: 9.00am-5.00pm


APS member: $185
APS student member: $100
Non APS member: $285


APS - Gold Coast Branch
Contact Jessica Paynter
07 5678 7058