Position statements

The Australasian Sleep Association publishes position statements and clinical guidelines to articulate best-practice standards on particular aspects of sleep medicine. These are often prepared in partnership with other organisations to ensure they reflect a broad consensus across relevant groups of healthcare professionals. This page also includes consensus position statements that have been officially endorsed by the association.

Consensus and evidence based treatment for primary snoring

Position statement on the evidence and consensus based treatment for primary snoring. Respirology (2023) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/resp.14443

 Sleep Health in Indigenous Australians
A report reviewing the state of Indigenous Sleep Health in Australia

Ventilatory support at home for children
Expert consensus from Australia and New Zealand on optimal care for children requiring non-invasive and invasive ventilatory support at home. A joint position paper with the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ). Respirology (2021) https://doi.org/10.1111/resp.14121  

Sleep studies in adults
Guidelines for conducting sleep studies in adults. Sleep Medicine 36 (2017) S2-S22

Sleep studies in children
Clinical practice guidelines for conducting paediatric sleep studies in Australia and New Zealand for children up to the age of 18 years. Sleep Medicine 36 (2017) S23-S42

Management of insomnia
Position statement regarding the use of psychological/behavioural treatments in the management of insomnia in adults. Sleep Medicine 36 (2017) S43-S47

Benefits of treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea
A consensus statement on the benefits of obstructive sleep apnoea treatment for cardiovascular health. Respirology 24 (2019) 376-381 

Scoring of sleep and associated events
An Australasian commentary on the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events. Sleep and Biological Rhythms (2020) https://doi.org/10.1007/s41105-020-00259-9

Management of CPAP data
The management, privacy and medico-legal issues of electronic CPAP data in Australia and New Zealand. Sleep Medicine 36 (2017) S48-S55

Overnight oximetry in children
Consensus technical guideline for the practice of paediatric overnight oximetry studies for obstructive sleep apnoea in Australasia. 2019

Use of sodium oxybate
Guidelines on the use of sodium oxybate in the treatment of narcolepsy. 2013

Provision of CPAP therapy
Best practice guidelines for the provision of continuous positive airway pressure for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea. 2009

Sleep disorders services
This standard forms the basis of accreditation under the ASA/NATA Sleep Disorders Services (SDS) Accreditation Program. March 2019

The use of oral appliances in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea
Summary of the literature on best practice in dental sleep medicine. 

Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnoea
Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnoea: A position statement of the Australasian Sleep Association. Respirology (2020) 25, 1292–1308


Endorsed statements

Sleep disordered breathing in childhood
New Zealand guidelines on the assessment of sleep disordered breathing in childhood. Endorsed by the ASA November 2015.

Guidelines for the recording and evaluation of pharmaco-sleep studies in man: the International Pharmaco-EEG Society
The requirements for the recording and computerised evaluation of pharmaco-sleep data
Neuropsychobiology 67 (2013) 127–167 

Ethical collaboration in the healthcare sector
The ASA is one of 50 signatories to the Australian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration in the Healthcare Sector. 2018


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