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Time for a Good Nights Sleep

Joint Media Release for Sleep Disorders Australia and Hypersomnolence Australia 27 May 2019

The Australian Parliamentary inquiry final report into Australia’s sleep health ‘Bedtime Reading’ has been well received by both Sleep Disorders Australia (SDA) and Hypersomnolence Australia (HA). SDA-HA now urge the Government to implement the recommendations of the committee.

This world leading Inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport is the first real investigation by a government committee at Sleep Health Awareness and the way sleep issues impact on our lives, the affect they have on society, and how the Australian Health system is structured to deal with these issues.

The Chairman of Sleep Disorders Australia, Australia’s major patient support organisation, Joseph Soda, has said he is pleased with the report and the recommendations however the recommendations now need to be implemented.

“These recommendations if acted on will have a positive impact on a large number of people with sleep disorders.

The current cost of diagnosis, medical equipment and accessories required to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has a major impact on patients particularly those who hold a pension and or a health concession card.

The recommendation to have rebates for these costs through Medicare is strongly supported by SDA, and is essential to ensure that the majority of patients remain compliant in continuing treatment. The benefit to society is that treated sleep apnea actually saves money and it also leads to substantial improvements in wellbeing”

Director of Sleep Disorders Australia and Founder and Director of Hypersomnolence Australia, Michelle Chadwick, said the inquiry and the subsequent report and recommendations are important to all people affected by sleep disorders, particularly narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.