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Paediatric Sleep Medicine Clinical Network

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Purpose of the Network

The purpose of the New Zealand Paediatric Sleep Medicine Clinical Network is to establish a multi-disciplinary network that will support New Zealand health care professionals working across community, primary, secondary and tertiary services to deliver an equitable, high quality, cost effective and integrated sleep medicine service for children, young people and their families/whanau.

The New Zealand Paediatric Sleep Medicine Clinical Network will provide clinical leadership in the development and maintenance of the nation-wide clinical service for children and young people up to 15 and when appropriate, 18 years of age, aiming to meet basic international benchmark standards.

Over the last 15-20 years there has been increased recognition of the importance of sleep for children's health. Sleep problems and disorders are common. It is estimated that 1 in 4 children and young people have a problem with sleep that warrants a doctor's attention.  There are over 60 different diagnosable paediatric sleep disorders ranging from behavioural or non-respiratory conditions (e.g. night terrors or parasomnias) to respiratory disorders of sleep, the commonest being obstructuctive sleep apnoea.

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