Three year grant will boost ASA policy and preventive health influence

14 December 2021

The Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) has successfully secured a three-year grant from the federal government to boost our policy and preventive health activities.

Yesterday the Health Minister announced the 21 successful organisations awarded grants as part of the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Program. Minister Hunt linked the expenditure to the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030 which was also launched yesterday.

The ASA joins organisations such as the Public Health Association of Australia, the Lung Foundation Australia and the Consumer Health Forum who will use funding to promote independent, accurate health policy advice to the government, and to run additional activities to support preventive health efforts outlined in the National Preventive Health Strategy. 

From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024, the ASA's funding of $1,050,000 will support a range of policy and advocacy activities, along with promoting the importance of sleep health to general practitioners and psychologists to improve primary care responses to sleep disorders.

"We're thrilled to have successfully secured such a significant funding stream over three years. It will make an enormous impact on our ability to deliver important new work in our mission to promote sleep health and sleep science for the benefit of Australian communities," said ASA CEO, Marcia Balzer.

"I look forward to letting members know about our new activities as they start to take shape, and I'm sure there will be many opportunities for members to get involved. Stay tuned!"