Chronic disease and ageing

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, renal failure, dementia, and other conditions of ageing continue to be leading causes of mortality and health burden to Australians.

The role of nurses in lifestyle and chronic disease management with an ageing population, and the support of families and carers, is more important than ever. Sydney Nursing School researchers are excited to be part of the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre with our own Nursing Chair appointed in 2014 as part of a team who share a determination to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Australia.

We have aligned our research in this area to a nationally agreed agenda to encourage coordinated action in response to the growing impact of chronic disease on the health of Australians and the health care system. Health issues we cover include, diabetes, heart, stroke and vascular disease and osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Our research

Insomnia phenotyping – what are the differences between individuals with insomnia

A large research project led by Dr Christopher Gordon is exploring ways of improving the identification of sub-types of insomnia in patients and determining therapy effectiveness. This research is being conducted by researchers from Sydney Nursing School, Sydney Medical School, Flinders University and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research for the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, an industry and federal government-funded initiative aimed at improving sleep health, workplace safety and productivity.

Stroke prevention research

Led by Dr Lis Neubeck, a group of researchers from Sydney Nursing School and Sydney Medical School were awarded $200,000 into stroke research prevention. The research focuses on diagnosing an irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation), which causes blood clots to form in the heart and travel to the brain to cause a stroke.

What you need to know about sleep apnoea

Dr Nathaniel Marshall wrote about his research into sleep apnoea for the Conversation. Sleep apnoea is a condition where people repeatedly stop breathing while asleep. People with sleep apnoea often complain of daytime sleepiness, difficulties concentrating, and they tend to have high blood pressure. The people around them usually complain about their nightly snoring, gasping, and choking noises.