Sleep in Teens


Professor Harriet Hiscock

Professor Hiscock is Director of the Health Services Research Unit at The Royal Children’s Hospital and co-leader of the Community Health Services Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She leads a team of around 15 researchers in a solutions-orientated research program, focusing on developing and testing interventions to reduce common child health problems including sleep, infant colic, ADHD and behaviour. More recently, she is developing and evaluating new models to shift care from the over burdened hospital system to the community and to reduce unnecessary imaging and blood testing in children. She has received over $16 million in research funding, authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and collaborates widely within Australia and internationally. She also directs the Australian Paediatric Research Network – a 500 member network of paediatricians from around Australia who contribute to research into child health problems such as autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, allergy, and genetic testing.

Facilitated by:

Dr Bianca Forrester, has lived and worked in the Geelong community for 15 years. She is a senior lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Melbourne and is also a lecturer at Deakin’s School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, she runs several communities of practice on issues including COVID care, family violence and youth mental health.


It’s such a common presentation to primary care and perhaps even more common in teens presenting to the DiSS clinic post the pandemic lockdowns. Whether it is the presenting issue or something that we pick up on our comprehensive screen, I think many of us are quite familiar with working with this problem. 

But how do we quantify this issue? 

How much sleep is enough sleep and does quality matter? 

When can we simply blame poor habits and when do when do we need to pay special attention to red flags or warning signs? 

What are the principles of good management and when do we need to refer for investigation and or management? 

Our didactic will focus on many of these questions tonight and we’ll be putting some of the principles and skills learnt into practice through our case discussion 

This webinar was recorded on 23 August 2022.