In December 2014 the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health was recognised as A Flinders Centre of Research Excellence (AISH FCRE) to acknowledge and formalise strong existing relationships between AISH, Flinders University and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. AISH FCRE is under the leadership of Professor Doug McEvoy and with major clinical research expertise and support from Doctor Ching Li C-Chai Coetzer and Professor Peter Catcheside and reflects very close working relationships between clinicians and researchers working together towards translating the latest in clinical sleep research into clinical practice which underpins our highly successful, nationally and internationally recognised research group.
Background: Healthy sleep is vital for good physical and mental health. Sleep disorders and voluntary and societally-driven sleep restriction have a major negative impact on health, productivity and safety in Australia and internationally. A conservative estimate of the direct and indirect economic cost in Australia of the two most common disorders of obstructive sleep apnoea and insomnia alone is over $5 billion per year. Disturbingly, current health services and policy fail to cost-effectively manage these highly prevalent disorders due to inadequate training and resourcing of primary care professionals in sleep management and over-reliance on specialist services, complex and costly sleep apnea testing and unregulated industry practices.
To address this problem the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health (AISH) was ... read more...
We are currently looking for Australian General Practitioners to participate in a 30-40 minute telephone interview to assess the current status of sleep health in primary care. This study aims to understand GPs’ current practices, attitudes and confidence in managing sleep disorders; perceptions of existing sleep health care pathways and the enablers and barriers to change. In future stages of the study we aim to also gather data from nurses, pharmacists and psychologists about their current role in managing sleep disorders. For more information please contact us.
The National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research Team will gather evidence on the community care for people with sleep disorders and investigate new practical approaches to improving sleep health service delivery in primary care in Australia and internationally. This new information will be incorporated into evidence- based primary care practice guidelines and practice change promulgated though policy initiatives where appropriate. For information on current publications click here.