3rd Annual Emerging Sleep Hero Award

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The 3rd Annual Sleep Health Foundation Emerging Sleep Hero Award

Hosted by the Sleep Health Foundation (SHF) & the Australian Sleep and Alertness Consortium (ASAC)

Thursday, September 29 @ 6.00pm-7.00pm AEST 2022 (to be held virtually)

Congratulations to our official Emerging Sleep Hero: Melissa Cleary!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Emerging Sleep Hero Award:

Melissa Cleary from University of Western Australia, WA - 1st place
Sinh Lu from Monash University, VIC - 2nd place, People's Choice Award
William Saunders from Monash University, VIC - 3rd place
Louise Pivac from Murdoch University, WA - People's Choice Award

Thank you to Dr Gemma Paech for hosting this event and to our judges, Dr Prerna Varma, Dr Charlotte Gupta and Dr Hannah Scott for assuming the difficult position of identifying our winners, and providing intelligent insight into the event as Early Career Researchers. 

Thank you to all those who entered this year, and congratulations to all of our finalists -- especially this year's winner, Melissa Cleary!


The Emerging Sleep Hero Award is an initiative of the Sleep Health Foundation (SHF).  A total of five finalists will present their research during a one-hour, online event to be held from 6.00pm-7.00pm (AEST) on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

The SHF is pleased to hold an event that focuses on the future leaders in the field of sleep. It will be a fun, relaxed, informal event and a forum in which we can continue to inform the local sleep community of our mission and objectives.

What is involved?

Post-graduate students who are currently enrolled at a University in Australia or New Zealand and are Sleep Health Foundation, are invited to submit an entry to be considered for the “2022 Sleep Health Foundation Emerging Sleep Hero” Award. This initial entry should be in the form of a mock ‘press release’ about their research (max 250 words) outlining their topic and how it will positively impact the sleep field and the wider community in future years. This mock ‘press release' will be assessed by members of the SHF Marketing and Communications committee and associated volunteers.

From this initial judging process, five finalists will be identified, and these five finalists will be invited to present, live, at the online event on Thursday, September 29 at 6.00-7.00pm (AEST). This will be a 5-minute pitch of their research and how they could see their research being translated into practice and enable it to have a positive impact on society. There will be three judges for this live judging section and also live polling from the audience to award the “People’s Choice Award”.