The Sleep Health Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Moira Junge as its first CEO and Director Australian Sleep and Alertness Consortium. Moira takes on this dual new role to lead the Foundation into the next phase of its journey and will be concentrating her efforts in the first 12 months on developing key partnerships to promote the importance of sleep for physical and mental health and translating research outcomes into industry and clinical settings. She will focus on securing more funding for important research, creating more visibility for the sleep field and ensuring that sleep health is a part of all national conversations about health. A core part of the strategy will be to engage with community, industry and government stakeholders to deliver impact in the field of sleep health.
Moira is a Health Psychologist and has been a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation for over 5 years, during which she was an active Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. She has over twenty years’ experience in the healthcare sector and has worked in the sleep disorders field since 1994. She brings a diverse range of experiences in leadership, health promotion, public education, research, consulting and clinical expertise to the role. She is very much looking forward to taking on this role, “I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed as the inaugural CEO of Sleep Health Foundation. There has never been a more important time to fly the flag for the importance of sleep health, through well-coordinated partnerships and advocacy efforts. COVID-19 has disrupted the way we work and live and healthy sleep will play a pivotal role in our coping, our mental health, productivity and overall wellbeing”.
Chair of the Sleep Health Foundation, Professor Shantha Rajaratnam, welcomes the appointment, “This is a critical time for the Foundation. As our new CEO, Moira will connect the Foundation to a vibrant sleep health industry network, create new opportunities for collaboration aimed at improving the sleep health of the nation, extend our media presence and continue to be an authority on sleep health in the community. As an experienced clinician with a deep understanding of patient perspectives, Moira will lead the Foundation’s efforts in listening to the voices of people in the community with lived experience of sleep disorders.”
Moira will bring her passion for advocacy to build on the Sleep Health Foundation’s history as the leading national advocate for sleep health. The Foundation’s mission is to improve people’s lives through better sleep. The strategic priorities are advocacy, health promotion, community education, partnering with other health organisations, ensuring best practice and continuing to form research partnerships.
We welcome Moira and look forward to this new chapter for the Foundation.