Published on 18 December 2013
A Nigerian student who graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast earlier this year with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science is now working as a sleep scientist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Olawale “Wale” Idowu, 26, gained his polysomnography job at the Brisbane hospital’s Sleep Disorders Centre after a three-month full-time internship as part of his USC major in Clinical Measurement.
Polysomnography is the continuous recording of multiple physiological variables to measure a patient’s cardio-respiratory function during sleep and to monitor and evaluate sleep disorders and their treatments.
Wale (pronounced Wally) said his main duties included using diagnostic tools to prepare patients for sleep study, educating patients on CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, and related analyses.
CPAP involves a patient wearing a mask to receive room air via tubing connected to a ventilator.
“I love challenges and learning something new almost every day. The staff and atmosphere are just amazing,” he said.
“My USC internship experience at the lab helped me secure this job and the USC degree enhanced my study opportunities. I am now enrolled in a Master of Clinical Physiology at Griffith University’s Nathan campus.”
Wale, who moved from Maroochydore to Brisbane earlier this year, came to Australia in 2010 after being schooled in Stockholm, Sweden.
“I chose USC for its beautiful environment and its five stars for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide, and I chose Biomedical Science for the opportunity to branch out into other science degrees,” he said.
“In my second year I chose a minor in Chemistry since I have always loved chemistry and a major in Clinical Measurement because it would give me industry experience and job opportunities. I enjoyed every bit of it.
“Dr Mark Holmes (USC Biomedical Science Discipline Leader) and Brett Duce, Scientific Director of the PA Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Centre, helped me achieve my goals.”
— Julie Schomberg