Emeritus Professor Doug McEvoy

Academic Status & Web Supervisor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Adelaide Home Office
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Emeritus Professor Doug McEvoy is the immediate past Director of the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University in South Australia. He was an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow between 2005 and 2020 and is Senior Principal Research Fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He has been active in clinical sleep medicine practice and research for over 35 years, and has had many professional leadership roles including as president of the Australasian Sleep Association, board member of the Sleep Health Foundation and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. He has led several major multi-centre clinical trials in sleep medicine, including the international Sleep Apnoea Cardiovascular Endpoints study (SAVE). In 2011 Dr McEvoy received the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Australasian Sleep Association for his outstanding contributions to sleep research and sleep medicine. His vision and stewardship has seen the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health become one of the world’s leading sleep research centres.



Honours, awards and grants

Prof McEvoy has been at the forefront of sleep research nationally and internationally for 25 years. Since 2010 he has been awarded over $16M in Research Funding.

Prof McEvoy has published over 200 origianal research papers in research topics ranging from respiratory and sleep physioloogy to clinical trials of new diagostic, treatment and management methods for sleep apnea, to research on improving delivery of community sleep health services.

Key responsibilities

He is Principal Investigator of the international, multi-centre, randomised controlled Sleep Apnoea cardioVascular Endpoints (SAVE) trial, is Theme Leader for sleep disorders in the CRC on Alertness Safety and is the chief investigator of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence-funded National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research.

Teaching interests
  • Respiratory/Sleep Medicine
  • Human Physiology
  • Respiratory
  • Sleep
  • Cardiovascular
Supervisory interests
Evidence based clinical practice
Obstructive sleep apnea, diagnosis and management
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Sleep apnoea (1)
Associate supervisor: Obstructive sleep apnea (1), Shift work and sleep disorders (1), Obstructive sleep apnea/ insomnia (1)
Principal supervisor: Chronic ventilatry failure (1), Obstructive sleep apnea (5)
Associate supervisor: Respiratory failure (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Prof Leon Lack

Launch of Re-Timer Glasses in collaboration with Flinders Partners -

Lee Harmer

Young Investigator Award -

Jamie Biyou Yeo

AHMRC Best of Best Presentation -

Further information

Further details on current projects and PhD scholarship opportunities are available via the Research and Volunteering page of the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health website. Current scholarships alre also available via a broad program of research currently being undertaken as part of the Commonwealth Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness Safety and Productivity outlined in the following attachment.

PhD_Scholarship-CRC-Adelaide (pdf)