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GP Recruitment

Any interested GPs are encouraged to contact Dr Alexander Sweetman ( at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University. Dr Sweetman and his team are currently running two trials to provide GPs with a suite of tools and treatment options to manage patients with insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea.​

The National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research will be conducting other research requiring participants at various stages of the project, please check back for more information.

For further information please contact the team at 


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Jenny Haycock, Elizabeth Hoon, Alexander Sweetman, Leon Lack & Nicole Lovato (2022) The management of insomnia by Australian psychologists: a qualitative study, Australian Psychologist, DOI: 10.1080/00050067.2022.2089544 


Hoon, E., González-Chica, D. A., Vakulin, A., McEvoy, D., Zwar, N., Grunstein, R., . . . Stocks, N. (2021). Population-based analysis of sociodemographic predictors, health-related quality of life and health service use associated with obstructive sleep apnoea and insomnia in Australia. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 27(4), 304-311. doi:


Natsky, A. N., Vakulin, A., Chai-Coetzer, C. L., Lack, L., McEvoy, R. D., & Kaambwa, B. (2019). Economic evaluation of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) for improving health outcomes in adult population: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open, 9(11), e032176. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032176


Natsky, A. N., Vakulin, A., Chai-Coetzer, C. L., Lack, L., McEvoy, R. D., Lovato, N., . . . Kaambwa, B. (2020). Economic evaluation of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) for improving health outcomes in adult populations: A systematic review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 54, 101351. doi:


Natsky, A. N., Vakulin, A., Coetzer, C. L. C., McEvoy, R. D., Adams, R. J., & Kaambwa, B. (2021). Economic evaluation of diagnostic sleep studies for obstructive sleep apnoea: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 10(1), 104. doi:10.1186/s13643-021-01651-3


Sweetman, A., & Adams, R. J. (2022). Co-morbid insomnia and sleep apnea (COMISA) as a potential predictor of suicide and self-harm. Commentary on Udholm et al. Obstructive sleep apnea and risk of suicide and self-harm: A Danish Nationwide Cohort Study. Sleep, zsac043.

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Sweetman, A., Lack, L., Van Ryswyk, E., Vakulin, A., Reed, R. L., Battersby, M. W., . . . Adams, R. J. (2021). Co-occurring depression and insomnia in Australian primary care: recent scientific evidence. Medical Journal of Australia, 215(5), 230-236. doi:


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Sweetman, A., Lovato, N., Micic, G., Scott, H., Bickley, K., Haycock, J., . . . Lack, L. (2020). Do symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress impair the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia? A chart-review of 455 patients with chronic insomnia. Sleep Medicine, 75, 401-410. doi:


Sweetman, A., Melaku, Y. A., Lack, L., Reynolds, A., Gill, T. K., Adams, R., & Appleton, S. (2021). Prevalence and associations of co-morbid insomnia and sleep apnoea in an Australian population-based sample. Sleep Medicine, 82, 9-17. doi:


Sweetman, A., Putland, S., Lack, L., McEvoy, R. D., Adams, R., Grunstein, R., . . . Lovato, N. (2021). The effect of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia on sedative-hypnotic use: A narrative review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 56, 101404. doi:


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