Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia

Updated: Jul 24, 2019



The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia. The Committee invited submissions from the public to its inquiry last month. It received more than 100 submissions, this has now led to a roundtable public hearing that will be held at Parliament House, Canberra on 30th November. Hypersomnolence Australia Director and Director of Sleep Disorders Australia, Michelle Chadwick has been invited to attend and give an opening statement at this very important discussion. UPDATE: The Public Hearing for the Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia has been rescheduled for the following time:Date: Monday, 11 February, 2019 Time: 9.15 am to 3.30 pm Venue: Committee Room 1R1, Parliament House, Canberra Some of the issues the inquiry will look at include:

• The potential and known causes, impacts and costs (economic and social) of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders on the community;

• Access to, support and treatment available for individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders, including those who are: children and adolescents, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, living in rural, regional and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;

• Education, training and professional development available to healthcare workers in the diagnosis, treatment and management of individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders;

• Workplace awareness, practices and assistance available to those who may be impacted by inadequate sleep or sleep disorders, with a focus on: rostering practices for shift workers, heavy-work requirements, and the transport industry as compared to international best practice; and

• Current national research and investment into sleep health and sleeping disorders. Michelle will write a report about the roundtable public hearing and share it upon her return. You can follow the inquiry and learn more about who is on the committee at the Parliament of Australia website. https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Health_Aged_Care_and_Sport/SleepHealthAwareness UPDATE 26/11/2018 The program has been announced. There will be four sessions, as follows: - Causes, impacts and costs of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders - Diagnosis, management, treatment and research of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders - Workplace awareness, practices and assistance regarding inadequate sleep and sleep disorders - Individual experiences. The attendees include;

  • Australasian Sleep Association

  • Canberra Sleep Clinic

  • Carers Australia

  • CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity Department of Health

  • Let Sleep Happen

  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

  • Public Health Association of Australia

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians

  • Safe Work Australia

  • Sleep Disorders Australia - including Hypersomnolence Australia

  • Sleep Health Foundation

  • Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

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