ABOUT US

Sleep Disorders Australia (SDA) is a voluntary Not for Profit organisation that provides information and offers support and assistance to people and their families who are affected by sleep disorders throughout Australia.  We also advocate for the needs of people with sleep disorders and raise awareness of sleep disorders and the significance they can have on the lives of those affected by them. 

 

We work with a range of sleep health professionals, organisations, research centres and peak bodies including the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Australasian Sleep Association, Hypersomnolence Australia and the Sleep Health Foundation. Membership is available to all sufferers, members of their family, medical professionals, and any member of the public who has an interest in the area of sleep disorders.

Sleep Disorders Australia is registered as a public company, limited by guarantee.
It is also a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC).
It has been endorsed by the ATO as an income tax exempt charity and has full ATO endorsement
as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

 

The Articles of Association contain the rules pertaining to the association.

Great Reasons to Join - Help us achieve our goals

We provide free presentations to the public and specific interest groups.

We represent and advocate for people with sleep disorders and liaise with key stakeholders including pharma, Government and clinicans/researchers.

We participate as consumer and patient advocates/advisors on research projects and clinical trials.

Local get togethers where you can meet others with sleep disorders and get involved with local activities and events.

We provide free information booklets and a range of individual information brochures to sleep clinics, doctors and dental surgeries, chemists and other health care professionals for patients and the public.

We participate in awareness initiatives including World Sleep Day and various individual sleep disorder awareness events, including Sleep Apnea Awareness Day.

We maintain a website that includes a range of factsheets and other information that you can download and share.

Facebook Support group.

Social Media channels including Facebook and Twitter.

We provide support by telephone, mail and e-mail. We give non-medical advice to people about sleep disorders, including how to get diagnosed and available treatments. We also answer other inquiries and send out information brochures.

Apnea Awareness Program and CPAP Buddy system.

Bi-Monthly Member Newsletter.

FREE second hand PAP machine advertising on our website for all members. Non-members are also welcome to advertise.

Our History

In 1985 the treatment of sleep apnea took a great leap forward with the development of CPAP for home use. There were two sleep support groups in Australia at that time. In NSW, the Sleep Apnea Research Association (SARA) was formed with the support of the Sleep Disorders Unit of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and in South Australia, Apnea Incorporated was formed with the assistance of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Sleep Clinic. Activities included seminars and awareness programs, information distributed via brochures and telephone enquiries, regular newsletter production and small fundraising events. By 1994 sleep apnea support groups had started in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT. In November 1994, a meeting was held in Sydney with representatives from all the groups. At this meeting, it was unanimously agreed to form a national group with the name Sleep Disorders Australia (SDA).

SDA now assists members in much the same way it did in 1985, through awareness programs, information distribution, newsletter production and fundraising events. It also represents and advocates for people with sleep disorders and liaises with key stakeholders including pharma, Government and clinicans/researchers. SDA officers also participate as consumer and patient advocates/advisors on research projects and clinical trials. While SDA may have started as a sleep apnea organisation it now offers support and information on other sleep disorders, such as Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Idiopathic Hypersomnia and Restless Legs Syndrome.

Directors

Joe Soda
National Chairman

Glenn Murphy
Director, and Company Secretary

Michelle Chadwick
Director of Marketing/Communications  
Coordinator for Narcolepsy, Disorders of Hypersomnolence and Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Gemma Byrce
Director - Finance and Membership 

Kerry De Rosayro

Director - Publications 


Professor Ron Grunstein

MBBS, MD, PhD, FRACP
Medical Advisor

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Professor John Corbett

MB, BS (Hons), FRCP (UK), FRACP, MA (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford), MACLM
Patron

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