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
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.
This guideline has been produced by the New Zealand Paediatric Sleep Medicine Clinical Network as an evidence-based summary for the assessment of children with sleep disordered breathing.
Links to information on sleep from Kidshealth.org.nz
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