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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Improving sleep for Indigenous Australians



This project aims to improve the quality of sleep of Indigenous South Australians, utilising a health services approach.

It is intended that the project will use the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health developed, outreach, nurse-led model of care, which has been trialled and found to be effective.

This project brings together Associate Professor Nick Antic and Associate Professor Peter Catcheside from the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health and Professor Alex Brown from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, who have experience in the field of sleep disorders.

Abstract adapted from South Australian Health Medical Research Institute


South Australian Health Medical Research Institute
Karen Laverty
Ph: (08) 8116 4450

Related publications

Pierce R, Antic R, Chang A, Howard M, James A, Maguire G, Matthiesson A, Musk B, Roseby R, Simpson G, Torzillo P (2010)

Respiratory and sleep health in Indigenous Australians.

Sydney: Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

This report details the burden of respiratory and sleep symptoms in Indigenous Australians for the purpose of identifying and making recommendations on healthcare goals and strategies to improve respiratory health among this group. The report describes the prevalence, mortality and morbidity of acute and chronic respiratory disease and sleep disorders in Indigenous Australians and discusses specific disease issues. The report also investigates existing health service resources and includes case studies of Indigenous patients with respiratory and sleep health problems.

To conclude, the paper presents a strategic framework for respiratory and sleep health care, a summary of the major issues relating to respiratory and sleep health and offers recommendations on how to reduce premature deaths and morbidity of chronic respiratory disease in Indigenous Australians. The report was commissioned by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Sleep Association and the Australian Lung Foundation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 3 March 2014
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