The Sleep Connection


Welcome to The Sleep Connection

Is your child getting the sleep they need to best support their learning, emotional and physical health?

Approximately 70% of teenagers experience insufficient sleep. 

Focusing on sleep health in schools and in the home is vital as we become increasingly aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and reduced academic outcomes, psychological problems, reduced school attendance and increased risk-taking behaviours.

Good quality sleep helps:

Read below to learn more about the role sleep plays and how you can support your child or teen to improve their sleep.

Contact Us About Improving The Sleep Health of Your School Community

Sleep for Children and Teenagers


Smart Sleep Habits

As parents we play a vital role in ensuring our children get the sleep they need to best support their learning, emotional and physical health. For Smart Sleep Habits you can implement now visit Smart Sleep Habits. Of particular significance are the extra sleep tips for parents. 

The Sleep Connection Programs

Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance

To learn more or encourage your school to host a parent education session, visit Program Overview.

Professional Help

When to Seek Professional Help

Seek advice from a health professional if you’re concerned that problems with sleep, however mild, are having an impact on your child’s life in terms of wellbeing, school, relationships or home life. Also seek help if the problems are making your child anxious, or if they persist for more than 2-4 weeks.

Where to Seek Professional Help

Online Program

The online program Sheepshack, below, can be accessed from any state In Australia and does not need a referral from your GP.

Face to Face

Face to Face & Telehealth appointments generally require a referral from your GP. See below for Sydney’s The Woolcock Institute Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Clinic. For other states or regions:  Your GP will be able to point you in the right direction for the most relevant and local sleep specialists and/ or sleep psychologists. 
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Sleepshack does not require a referral from your GP

SleepShack is the clinically proven, online sleep program for pre-teens* (10-12 years) and teenagers (13-18 years). SleepShack provides a personalised Sleep Treatment Plan developed by Paediatric & Adolescent Sleep Physician Dr Chris Seton, and Clinical Psychologist Dr Amanda Gamble. The treatment is specifically based on the Doctors assessment of your son or daughter’s sleep. For more information & to determine if your child would benefit from sleep treatment read more here- SleepShack. If you have further questions that are not answered by the program explanation you can fill out a contact form or simply email
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Face to Face

Woolcock Paediatric & Adolescent Sleep Clinic

Visit your GP if you require a face to face appointment you will need to request a referral to Woolcock from your GP.

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research has developed a comprehensive Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Service which treats sleep disorders in young people from birth to
18 years. This includes Australia’s only interdisciplinary sleep clinic for young people, where Sleep Paediatricians, Paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons and Adolescent Sleep Psychologists work together to provide a comprehensive service under one roof.
Specialists can diagnose and treat all sleep issues, including Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and sleep walking.

For more information visit  The Woolcock Institute Paediatric and Adolescent Sleep Clinic

To contact:

Dr Chris Seton – Adolescent & Paediatric Sleep Physician
Call 0423 523 840