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If you are interested in having a sleep study, please fill in the enquiry form below

Booking A Sleep Study

Bulk billed sleep studies* from the comfort of your home are available at Sove CPAP Clinic in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. For more information or to book a sleep study, contact us today on:

Telephone: 1300 76 29 39

Email: sleep@thepapclinic.com.au

 

Do I need a referral from a doctor to be eligible for a bulk billed sleep study?

Yes. A referral from a medical doctor is required. Sove CPAP Clinic’s sleep study referral form can be downloaded from here to take to your doctor.

Alternatively, you can request a bulk billed sleep study referral from Qoctor, an independent Australian registered GP service, that can arrange same-day telehealth consultations with an Australian GP for only $24.99. Book a telehealth consult here.
 

Bulk Billed Sleep Study Criteria

A valid doctor referral is required to be eligible for a bulk billed sleep study.

You will also need to demonstrate a high probability for symptomatic moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) based on the questionnaires below:
 

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

You must score 8 or more to qualify.

Epworth table

 

STOP BANG Questionnaire

You must score 3 or higher to qualify.

Stop Bang Table

 

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is fundamental to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing, with its importance often underestimated. However, decades of research has consistently found that sleep is important, and should be recognized in importance as nutrition and exercise.

Sleep impacts every aspect of a person’s life. This includes:

  1. Physical Health:

    1. Body restoration – growth hormone is released during sleep which aids in the growth and repair of cells. This can be important in repairing damaged muscles and tissues.

    2. Immunity – sleep is important to a person’s immunity system, as poor sleep can impair immunity increasing the body’s susceptibility to infections.

    3. Appetite – sleep can impact hormone balance – the feeling of hunger and full. Poor sleep can impact this balance and can lead to increased appetite and weight gain.

    4. Chronic disease – poor sleep has been linked to a higher risk of diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and obesity.
       

  2. Brain Health:

    1. Memory – Good sleep solidifies and consolidates memory. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep in particular is important for long term memory.

    2. Cognitive function – inadequate sleep has been found to impair alertness, concentration, attention and learning ability.

    3. Mood – sleep can impact a person’s mood. Good sleep has been found to support better mood and emotional regulation, whereas poor sleep can increase the risk of irritability and even depression.
       

  3. Work Performance and Safety:

    1. Work productivity – good sleep leads to better performance including greater creativity, and problem solving.

    2. Accidents – there is a strong correlation between poor sleep and accidents. Fatigue can impact alertness, reaction time and impaired decision making. This increases the risk of accidents, especially when driving or operating heavy machinery.
       

  4. Mental Health:

    1. Emotional wellbeing – sleep impacts our ability to handle stress and our outlook on life. It can also affect our relationships with other people.
       

  5. Children

    1. Growth & Development – apart from physical growth, sleep plays an important role in the brain development of infants and young children. REM sleep is particularly important for their overall learning.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is a sleep study covered by Medicare Australia?

A: An individual is eligible for a bulk billed sleep study (i.e. no out-of-pocket expense) if they have been referred by a Sleep and/or Respiratory physician.

Alternatively, if they are referred by another medical practitioner (i.e. General Practitioner, another medical specialist), they can still be eligible for a bulk billed sleep study if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Valid Medicare card;

  2. Valid referral from your doctor;

  3. Patient must be 18 years or older;

  4. Patient must not have claimed another Medicare funded sleep study in the past 12 months

  5. Patient must score 8 or higher on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and 3 or higher on the OSA-50 Questionnaire.

Download our sleep study referral form here to take to your doctor. 

Alternatively, you can request a bulk billed sleep study referral from Qoctor, an independent Australian registered GP service, that can arrange same-day telehealth consultations with an Australian GP for only $24.99. Book a telehealth consult here

 

Q: What if I’m ineligible under Medicare for a bulk billed sleep study?

A: If ineligible for a bulk billed sleep study, the same sleep study (level 2) can still be conducted for $400 out-of-pocket. Alternatively, a more simplified sleep study (level 3) can be conducted at a cost of $100 out-of-pocket.

Q: Do I need a referral for a sleep study in Australia?

A: A doctor’s referral is required for a sleep study in Australia.

To book a bulk billed sleep study at Sove CPAP Clinic, speak to your family doctor and request a referral. Our sleep study referral form can be downloaded here.

Alternatively, you can request a bulk billed sleep study referral from Qoctor, an independent Australian registered GP service, that can arrange same-day telehealth consultations with an Australian GP for only $24.99. Book a telehealth consult here

Q: How many sleep studies can I do under Medicare?

A: Medicare guidelines allow for 1 home-based sleep study per person annually.

Q: Can I commence CPAP treatment without a sleep study?

A: There is no requirement to have a sleep study before commencing CPAP treatment. However, it is strongly recommended that anyone looking to commence CPAP treatment should speak to a    first.

Sove CPAP Clinic can assist with booking a Respiratory & Sleep Specialist consultation.

Q: What happens after a sleep study?

A: Once your sleep study has been completed, the sleep study data is reviewed and reported on by an Australian accredited Respiratory & Sleep Specialist.

Once your sleep study has been sent to your referring doctor, you will be notified of this and recommended to speak to your referring doctor about your results. You will also have the opportunity to have any questions you may have answered.

Sove CPAP Clinic has a wide network of clinics and partner clinics offering sleep studies and sleep apnoea treatment services. See our clinics in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, or in other states

“Bulk billed sleep studies subject to Medicare criteria and T&C’s.”

 

Type 3: Portable Sleep Study
$95
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