Wake-up call
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Wake-up call

Insufficient sleep, whatever its cause, impairs human alertness. Reduced alertness creates a social problem that has now been recognised by the Australian Government with the establishment of a Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity. The unprecedented collaboration between industry, government and university sectors will build on Australia’s strengths in sleep and alertness research by bringing together expert knowledge and state-of-the-art technology.Monash University is a key partner, and Professor Shantha Wilson Rajaratnam from the School of Psychology and Psychiatry will lead the research program at Monash. National and international experts will be drawn from disciplines including molecular biology, biophysical modelling, cognitive neuroscience, engineering, occupational health and transport safety.The centre will develop and deploy techniques for shift scheduling and workplace design, alertness assessment devices, programs for better sleep health, and strategies to reduce fatigue.

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Wake-up call