Investigation of falls risk in obstructive sleep apnoea
In 2017, over 6000 patients were admitted to hospital due to falls-related injuries in the Southern Adelaide area. Current risk factors for falls include age, gender, low muscle strength, and poor visual acuity. Recently, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which is characterised by a frequent decrease and/or cessation of breathing during sleep, has been proposed as a further risk factor for falls, independent of other risk factors.
This project will use gold-standard measures of both falls risk (FallScreen©) and sleep (polysomnography) to provide insight to the relationship between OSA and falls risk. Furthermore, this project will attempt to address whether treatment of OSA, by continuous positive airway pressure, reduces falls risk.
This project is in collaboration with the falls researchers at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and falls specialists at the 4th Generation Rehabilitation Clinic, Flinders Medical Centre.
Honours projects are available. This project would be ideal for those seeking to undertake further research in this area or pursue a career in medicine or allied health.
Dr David Stevens
08 7221 8306
Health impacts of sleep apnoea in Australian men—a longitudinal population study
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is very common, seen in 60-70% of men over 40 years old. The condition is linked to a number of serious conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. However, we don't know which men are at risk of long-term complications from OSA. This three-year project seeks to follow-up men from a community sample of 1000 men who had sleep studies in 2010 to help identify who is at risk of poor health from OSA.
Professor Robert Adams
08 7421 9751
Dr Sarah Appleton
08 7421 9755