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    Submissions to the Parliamentary Sleep Health Awareness inquiry are now online

    From the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia:

    Following a referral on¬ 13¬ September¬ 2018 from the Minister for Health, Aged Care¬ and Sport, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, the Committee will inquire into and report on¬ Sleep Health Awareness in Australia. The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the¬ terms of reference by Thursday,¬ 18¬ October 2018. Information that may assist in preparing a submission to the Committee may be viewed here.

    The Terms of Reference:

    The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into and report on sleep health awareness in Australia, in particular:

    1. The potential and known causes, impacts and costs (economic and social) of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders on the community;
    2. Access to, support and treatment available for individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders, including those who are: children and adolescents, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, living in rural, regional and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
    3. Education, training and professional development available to healthcare workers in the diagnosis, treatment and management of individuals experiencing inadequate sleep and sleep disorders;
    4. Workplace awareness, practices and assistance available to those who may be impacted by inadequate sleep or sleep disorders, with a focus on: rostering practices for shift workers, heavy-work requirements, and the transport industry as compared to international best practice; and
    5. Current national research and investment into sleep health and sleeping disorders.

    Submissions for this inquiry have now been published online, with possibly more to come, at:

    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Health_Aged_Care_and_Sport/SleepHealthAwareness/Submissions

    I haven’t had the time to go through all 113 submissions yet but a colleague has gone through some of the inquiries and mentions a few of interest:

    ¬ Number 6, which is from a man who had military expertise, is interesting. Number 32, from Jodie Donnelly, is fascinating, and there were a couple of wind farm sufferers (numbers 66 and 110) plus one concerning low frequency noise (number 72).

    My submission to this inquiry, #66 is available at: https://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=dcaf332c-7cd2-4a1c-af14-db0128f676bf&subId=661335

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