Our History & Constitution

The Sleep Health Foundation was born out of the Australasian Sleep Association in 2009 as a public-facing health promotion charity.

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The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) was established in 2009 as a not-for-profit health promotion charity with a vision to improve peoples’ lives through better sleep. The organisation was founded from within the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA), the nation’s peak scientific body representing clinicians, scientists, and researchers in the broad area of sleep, with its active support.

Since its inception, the SHF has been providing accessible, evidence-based advice to raise community awareness about sleep health through advocacy, public education and facilitation of research. Regular generation of authoritative analyses and insights about national sleep characteristics, controversies, and costs, have made the Foundation an important authority on sleep health in Australia, and the ‘go-to’ resource for media commentary.

SHF receives no government resourcing and relies on untied funding and support of its corporate partners, sponsors, members, and donations. Led by an experienced Board of Non-Executive Directors, the Foundation prides itself on its expertise and independence.

The SHF has now been operational for over 10 years. A significant number of important and innovative initiatives have been developed to strengthen our public profile and spread the sleep health message through our website and social media platforms; an ongoing program of educational information designed for the public by sleep experts; an active speaker program for the community, schools and industry; media interest with a variety of television, radio and print news items; interaction with corporate partners and other health bodies; and government engagement through advocacy partnerships and lobbying to make healthy sleep a key objective in the national health agenda.

Read more about the first 10 years of the Sleep Health Foundation here.

Our Constitution