Who we are
The Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) is a community-facing not for profit (NFP) health promotion charity that aims to raise community awareness about the value of sleep, how to improve it and address common sleep disorders. Our work seeks to enhance Australian’s everyday lives, to improve the nation’s health, safety and productivity The Foundation receives no government resources and relies on the untied funding and support of corporate partners, members and donations from the general public.
Established in 2009 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. It has always operated independently of the ASA with its own board, own constitution, separate funding sources yet collaborates often and closely with the ASA.
Since its inception, the SHF has been focused on the consumer and the community and is focused on providing accessible, evidence-based information to raise community awareness about sleep health through advocacy, public education, and the facilitation of research. Regular reports on the state of the nations' sleep health and associated costs and concerns have made the Foundation an important authority on sleep health in Australia, and the ‘go-to’ resource for media commentary.
Led by an experienced Board of Non-Executive Directors, as well as an executive team including a CEO, the Foundation prides itself on its expertise and independence.
Every person, on every corner, of every street, sleeps and needs to sleep well for optimal health. The Sleep Health Foundation hopes to contribute to a happier, healthier, and more productive society by driving the sleep health message and connecting all of the key stakeholders in the sleep 'eco-system' ranging from government, industry, academia, consumers and clinicians. Aiming to get better sleep should be a priority for all Australians.
A word from the Chair of the Board, Professor Shantha Rajaratnam