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, clinicians and 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.

Bi-Monthly Member Newsletter.

CPAP Buddy Program.
A buddy program where we put new CPAP users in contact with more experienced users, for advice and encouragement during the difficult period of initial treatment.

We give support and 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.

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

Our History

We also organise and host the annual Sleep Health & Wellbeing Expo. The Expo is a FREE event held in different cities around Australia starting at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - 9th October 2021. Learn more.

Our goal is to spread the message of the importance of having all 4 pillars of health in balance with a particular focus on good sleep health and how to achieve it.

"Almost 40% of Australians suffer from insufficient sleep, which increases the risk for a number of physical and mental health conditions. It was a pleasure to acknowledge Michelle Chadwick from Sleep Disorders Australia in parliament who is working to increase education & awareness of sleep health." Dr Fiona Martin MP

"There are no paid staff at SDA. We all volunteer our time and experience. SDA receives no funding. Membership and donations are needed to ensure there continues to be an organisation that represents people with sleep disorders. Join us. Membership is just $25 (there are discounts for 3 and 5 year membership)." Michelle Chadwick, Chair Sleep Disorders Australia 

To join or make a donation please visit our support us page.

Directors

Michelle Chadwick
National Chairperson and Director of Marketing 

Coordinator for Narcolepsy, Disorders of Hypersomnolence and Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Gemma Byrce
Director - Finance and Membership 

Steven Gellatly

Director and Company Secretary

Joe Soda
Director, and Sleep Apnea Team


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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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 inquiries, 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. At this meeting, it was 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, clinicians and 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.