Sleep Health Foundation Research Grant Program Request for Expressions of Interest for Project on “Reducing Sleep Disruption in Carers”

This is a call for EOIs from institutions (e.g. Universities) to undertake a research project conducted on behalf of the Sleep Health Foundation, with funding provided by Carers Australia (CA).

Purpose and Outcomes

The research will (1) systematically gather and review the evidence-based literature on the extent, causes and consequences of sleep disruption among (unpaid) carers and (2) develop fact sheets to convey useful information about sleep issues to carers. The latter will be informed by the literature review. The deliverables must readily allow CA to deliver online information to carers and develop strategies and recommendations that aim to

  • reduce the sleep disruption of carers through identifying practical ways carers can manage their caring to maximise healthy sleep routines;
  • mitigate the short, medium and long term health consequences of poor sleep for carers; and
  • advance their advocacy work with government

Grant Total     $ 20,000 plus GST

More information here

Flinders Uni Team announced as Grant Winners

The SHF is pleased to announce that the successful applicant for the grant to complete a literature review for VicHealth is the research team from Flinders University consisting of Associate Professor Michael Gradisar, Dr Kate Bartel and Ms Cele Richardson. The review is entitled Impact of sleep-wake patterns on the mental wellbeing of our community, in particular young people.

Thank you to the researchers who submitted an Expression of Interest for the above grant. We were pleased to receive five EOIs and the selection committee was impressed with all applications. The selection process was undertaken by a small panel of SHF Board or Committee members and care was taken to avoid individuals rating EOIs where there may have been a real or perceived conflict of interest.

This project will build new knowledge about Victorians/Australians’ sleep-wake patterns and their impacts on mental wellbeing, with a specific focus on young people. The consultant researcher(s) will provide:

• Evidence on population level sleep patterns and their impacts on mental wellbeing across age groups and stages (with a focus on 12-25 year olds)
• A summary of possible evidence-based behavioural insights and solutions to these issues.

The final report will be due on 22/12/17. We wish them well with their research and look forward to seeing the results.

VicHealth provided funds to the Sleep Health Foundation to manage the successful completion of a ‘rapid review’.

Winner of the RACP ResMed Foundation/Sleep Health Foundation Research Entry Scholarship for 2017 announced

Jasneek Chawla

Congratulations to Dr Jasneek Chawla

Dr Jasneek Chawla as been awarded the RACP ResMed Foundation/Sleep Health Foundation Research Entry Scholarship for 2017.

Dr Chawla is a Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane and an MPhil candidate with the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland. This scholarship will be used to undertake a longitudinal study evaluating the impact of clinical interventions for common sleep disorders in children with Down syndrome. This research aims to understand whether functional, behavioural and developmental outcomes are improved following treatment of sleep conditions in children with Down syndrome, providing evidence to direct clinical management in this population.

The Scholarship is made available by a grant from the ResMed Foundation Ltd. It is administered by the RACP and The Australasian Sleep Association. 

This is the final scholarship that can be offered. Thank you to the ResMed Foundation Ltd for their support of this scholarship.


Sleep Health Foundation Grant Winner 2016

Thank you to the teams who submitted an Expression of Interest for the Inaugural SHF survey on Adult Sleep Health in Australia. We received five very strong applications, but unfortunately only one team can win.

The selection was conducted by four Directors from the Board of the Foundation (none of whom had a real or perceived conflict of interest with any of the applications). The committee felt that all the applicants would have been highly suitable to undertake the project but in the end the strongest team had a very large amount of experience directly relevant to the survey task.

The winning team was the team from the Health Sciences Research Branch, The University of Adelaide led by Prof Robert Adams.  You can view their full report here.

The report was also published in July 2017 in the Sleep Health Journal.
Sickness absenteeism is associated with sleep problems independent of sleep disorders: results of the 2016 Sleep Health Foundation national survey.