Overview

SNORE Australia's History

SNORE AUSTRALIA is one of Australia's largest groups of sleep disorders centres.  We have been providing sleep diagnostic studies since 2000, and presently provide both bulk-billed and private hospital in-patient 'Level 1' sleep studies of the highest international standard. We have conveniently located sleep clinics across Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. Annually performing over 15, 000 diagnostic sleep studies, we offer patients and referring doctors what we believe to be an unsurpassed, comprehensive, state-of the-art service for diagnosing and treating patients with sleep disorders.

All of SNORE Australia's Sleep Clinics operate on the basis that the first step is that after a referral is received, one of our Credentialled Sleep Physicians assesses the patients’ symptoms and, if appropriate, the patient then proceeds to a full diagnostic polysomnography (PSG) and later, a CPAP-titration study if required. Detailed management recommendations are provided to the referring doctor, together with extensive advice and educational material specific to each patient's diagnosis.

Educational material is available to patients also and we encourage our patients and referring doctors to take advantage of our website, which is kept up to date for this reason.  When necessary, we speak to the patient and/or the referring doctor in order to clarify clinical issues. 

SNORE AUSTRALIA also has facilities to perform full (28-channel) electroencephalography (EEG) in parallel with formal overnight polysomnography e.g., for patients with nocturnal "fits or funny turns".  

Our mission

SNORE Australia's mission is to provide high quality, affordable sleep studies, so that every patient referred to us can achieve optimal medical care for their sleep problem, regardless of their financial status.  We achieve this through a combination of stand alone clinics in which we provide bulk bill sleep studies with limited out of pocket charge, and private hospital in-patient facilities for insured and DVA patients. 

SNORE Australia believe that as with most other common medical problems, such as asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes, the long-term management of sleep disorders for the average patients is best provided by the patients treating General Practitioner, who can give life-long advice and also support regarding lifestyle issues.  We encourage General Practitioners to arrange dietary, psychological, behavioural and other life-style counselling, and to incorporate this into each patient’s overall Care Plan.  Exercise Physiologists are sometimes involved in these Plans, and selected patients may be referred to specialists in other fields such as Otolaryngology (ENT), Psychiatry or Dentistry.  We share the Australia Medical Association’s view that the patients interests are best served by maintaining a central coordinating role for their treating General Practitioner in all such matters.  

We seek to provide our patients and referring doctors with education, reference material and continuing support regarding all sleep-disorders. 

In all of our activities, respect for patients and our referring doctors is paramount.  We aim to satisfy their hopes and exceed their expectations and welcome feedback and advice. 

Approach to CPAP treatment

The approach we have developed over the years to the management of CPAP treatment is also uniquely different from most other sleep groups.  Although out technical staff and Sleep Physicians are very familiar with CPAP treatment, SNORE Australia has at all times sought to distance itself from the commercial aspects of CPAP treatment.  We therefore invite those of our patients who need to trial or commence CPAP treatment to seek any commercial supplier, but we recommend that they attend our preferred supplier, Air Liquide Healthcare.  

This company provides a very extensive range of brands of CPAP masks and CPAP equipment, it provides full education and counselling to patients, and highly professional mask-fitting.  All patients are monitored for problems and compliance at regular intervals.  Initial equipment-hire is encouraged so as to avoid the situation in which patients purchase CPAP equipment but do not persist with this treatment, which can be expensive.  Our patients are also able to trial multiple masks if necessary, at a nominal cost and on-going advice and consultation are provided at no charge in all of our major clinics and also by telephone.  Progress reports are routinely provided to us and if equipment related problems persist, our patients return to SNORE Australia for assistance. 

We believe that this overall approach provides an important ethical division between the professional aspects of sleep medicine (which we provide) and the commercial aspects (which are provided at arms length in the above fashion).  In addition, we are happy to refer eligible patients to the QHealth CPAP Program, which provides CPAP equipment to patients free of charge.