From the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia:

Following a referral on 13 September 2018 from the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, the Committee will inquire into and report on Sleep Health Awareness in Australia. The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Thursday, 18 October 2018. Information that may assist in preparing a submission to the Committee may be viewed here.

The Terms of Reference:

The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into and report on sleep health awareness in Australia, in particular:

  1. The potential and known causes, impacts and costs (economic and social) of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders on the community;
  2. Access to, support and treatment available for individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders, including those who are: children and adolescents, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, living in rural, regional and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
  3. Education, training and professional development available to healthcare workers in the diagnosis, treatment and management of individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders;
  4. Workplace awareness, practices and assistance available to those who may be impacted by inadequate sleep or sleep disorders, with a focus on: rostering practices for shift workers, heavy-work requirements, and the transport industry as compared to international best practice; and
  5. Current national research and investment into sleep health and sleeping disorders.
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Submissions for this inquiry have now been published online, with possibly more to come, at:

I haven’t had the time to go through all 113 submissions yet but a colleague has gone through some of the inquiries and mentions a few of interest:

 Number 6, which is from a man who had military expertise, is interesting. Number 32, from Jodie Donnelly, is fascinating, and there were a couple of wind farm sufferers (numbers 66 and 110) plus one concerning low frequency noise (number 72).

My submission to this inquiry, #66 is available at:


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