Sleep and Breathing II (SLEE5014)


Aims: To develop understanding of the clinical assessment and management of pathologies of ventilation during sleep; to understand the theory of the current methods of treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea-hypopnoea; to gain knowledge of developing therapies. Content: Clinical Aspects of OSA: The presentation and clinical assessment of OSA. Nocturnal Asthma: Introduction to the pathophysiology of asthma, clinical presentation and management in the context of sleep. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: The theory and practice of CPAP in the treatment of OSA. Surgical Therapy: Early attempts at a surgical cure. Uvulopalatoplasty and the more modern elegant techniques such as mandibular distraction. Oral Devices: The role of oral appliances for treatment of OSA. Medical Therapy: This module discusses the options such as treatment of obesity and nasal appliances that are used to treat OSA and hypopnoea. Cardiovascular Disease and OSA. The epidemiological and medical evidence for the links between OSA and cardiovascular disease. Bilevel Pressure Support and Automatic Devices. Sophisticated appliances for the treatment of OSA and central apnoeas such as Cheyne-Stokes ventilation.

Further unit of study information


~1.5 hours online lectures over 1 semester plus directed reading and independent study


1x online quiz (20%), 1x 1500 word essay (40%), 1x exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


SLEE5003 and SLEE5008

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.