The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health is dedicated to translating the science of sleep to deliver evidence-based treatments for the general community that are proven to improve sleep, health and wellbeing.
The combination of the latest research and technology enables us to provide evidence-based treatment via the Insomnia Treatment Program.
What we do, and the cost
This non-drug treatment for sleep is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia started in 1992 at the Repatriation General Hospital under the guidance of Professor Leon Lack. Over 1000 patients with insomnia and other sleeping problems have been successfully treated in this clinic. If you are experiencing insomnia, circadian rhythm sleep disorders and/or sleep-related mental health disorders you may be eligible for the Insomnia Treatment Program.
The full program includes a consultation with a sleep and respiratory physician and a home-based sleep study, sleep education videos, and six consultations with a psychologist (2 at 50 minutes, 4 at 30 minutes).
With a referral from your general practitioner including a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) to the Insomnia Treatment Program, all appointments can be bulk-billed apart from a gap fee paid at the start of the program. A reduced gap fee is applicable for Health Care and Pensioner Card holders.
Without a GP referral and MHCP, the program fees per consult are based on the Australian Psychological Society recommended schedule of fees. If your private health fund offers psychological services, you may be able to seek reimbursement for the full fee from your insurer.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, bulk-billed telehealth sessions with a gap payment are offered for rural, remote and interstate residents via an online video-conferencing system to cover the psychologist sessions. Please ask us about how accessing online treatments can work for you.
How to book
To book your appointment at the Insomnia Treatment Program, please:
- Visit your GP to obtain a referral and Mental Health Care Plan for the Sleep Health Treatment Program.
Local residents: During your GP appointment, if you have not had a sleep study in the past 12 months, please request a second referral to sleep physicians Dr Robert Adams or Dr Thomas Altree at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health for an assessment of physical sleep problems and this may include a sleep study.
- Please scan or take photos of the referral and Mental Health Care Plan and either:
- email them to us at email@example.com, or
- request that your GP email the referrals and Mental Health Care Plan but please ensure that your email contact details are included.
To assist you with this process, please download and print or save to your device these instructions to advise your GP of referral requirements.
The Insomnia Treatment Program is currently open every week on:
- Tuesdays 12–5pm and
- Fridays 9am–2pm.