Dr Harry Ball
Dr Harry Ball left his general practice in Melbourne to work at the TMD clinic at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital. It was there that he started to see patients with snoring, sleep apnoea and TMD. In 2005 Dr Ball started Australia’s only dedicated dental sleep clinic, Sleepwise Clinic.
The clinic has now treated over 7000 patients with oral appliances for snoring sleep apnoea and bruxism. The patients are referred from sleep physicians, GP’s, ENT’s and other dentists. In order to ensure the highest quality of oral appliances a laboratory was established at SleepWise with technicians dedicated exclusively to appliances for sleep disorders. The laboratory provides the full range of validated appliances for the patients of SleepWise as well as dentists around Australia.
Dr Ball is passionate about education and has presented seminars for the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Orthodontic Society, the Australian Sleep Association and Dental Health Services. He has also presented training seminars on dental management of sleep disorders to dentists in the United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Singapore and Malaysia. He has also been involved in training programs for medical practitioners and trainee sleep physicians.
Dr Ball is the current co chairperson of the Dental Sleep Medicine division of the Australasian Sleep Association. He presented on dental sleep medicine at the recent 2017 Australian Dental Congress in Melbourne.
Dr Rob Shea is a visiting dentist at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health.
His major clinical and research interest is in the use of oral devices for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea. Dr Shea has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years.
He has a major interest in the education of dentists in sleep medicine. He was appointed in 2011 to the position of Senior Lecturer in Dental Sleep Medicine at the Adelaide University Dental School. Dr Shea was instrumental in the establishment of the Graduate Diploma of Dental Sleep Medicine jointly with the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia, a two year part time university degree available to dentists world-wide.
Dr Rob Shea
Dr James Douglas
Dr James Douglas is a Sleep and Thoracic Physician with diverse clinical and research interests.
He graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 1990 and completed his Basic and Advanced Training in Thoracic Medicine in Brisbane in 1998. Director of the Sleep Disorders Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital since 2002.
Dr Douglas has a wide range of interests in sleep medicine especially examining simplified models of care for treating patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. Dr Douglas has extensive experience in the management of patients requiring long term non-invasive ventilation and care of patients with respiratory involvement from their neuromuscular disease.
Dr Douglas has a keen interest and expertise in the management of non-respiratory sleep disorders including insomnia, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias and narcolepsy.
He is a strong advocate for improving community awareness of sleep health and taking a holistic approach to the management of sleep disorders. He has served on a number of state and national committees of the Australasian Sleep Association, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Dr Rob Delcanho
Orofacial Pain Consultant
A/Professor Robert Delcanho’s practice is restricted exclusively to treating people with Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular problems and the dental management of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
A/Prof Delcanho originally trained as a dentist at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1978. He developed a strong interest in Temporomandibular Disorders /Orofacial Pain and in 1993 completed a 2 year Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction Post Doctoral Program at the UCLA Pain Management Centre in Los Angeles, California. Under the supervision of Professor Glenn Clark, he simultaneously completed a Master of Science in Oral Biology, studying haemodynamics in chronically painful jaw muscles.
A/Prof Delcanho returned to Australia in 1993 and began the first private practice in Australia restricted to Orofacial Pain, Temporomandibular Disorders and Dental Sleep Medicine. He has been elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists -only four dentally qualified Fellows have been admitted to the Faculty.
A/Prof Delcanho has had a special interest in Dental Sleep Medicine since 1991 successfully treating many patients suffering snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea related problems. He has also lectured locally, nationally and internationally on this subject. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and is a founding member of Australian Sleep Association - Orofacial Special Interest Group.
A/Prof Delcanho has published scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, written chapters for textbooks, and acted as reviewer for papers submitted to a number of scientific journals. He has been appointed Clinical Associate Professor at the Dental School, University of Western Australia, teaching at both undergraduate and postdoctoral levels.
Dr David Cunnington
Dr David Cunnington is a specialist sleep physician delivering a quality healthcare to clients with complex sleep problems and promoting sleep health through education, research and advocacy.
He is the director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, a multi-disciplinary sleep clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
Dr Cunnington undertook training in sleep medicine both in Australia and in Boston at Harvard Medical School. In addition to training in sleep medicine, David has international qualifications in behavioural sleep medicine, using non-drug treatments to manage sleep.
Dr Cunnington has a passion for all things sleep, and with his breadth of experience and training, is devoted to helping to develop the field of sleep medicine as well as educating health care professionals and the public about sleep. He regularly appears in print, radio, TV and online media as an expert commentator on sleep, and is a regular national and international keynote speaker.
Dr Cunnington has completed a range of research projects in conditions such as insomnia, sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy, both independently and in collaboration with academic and industry partners, and has written numerous journal articles, editorials and book chapters.
Mr Eduard Pudel
Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon
Mr Eduard Pudel graduated from Monash University in 1999 and completed his surgical training at The Alfred Hospital. Mr Pudel completed his specialist training at The Alfred, Monash, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear and Royal Melbourne Hospitals from January 2003 until February 2007. He then travelled to Ireland for post-fellowship experience at RCSI and Beaumont Hospital, with interest in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Anterior Skull Base surgery (including Pituitary tumours), Rhinology and paediatric ENT. Whilst in Ireland he also worked as a Clinical Lecturer and Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons.
On his return to Australia, Mr Pudel commenced private practice in Brighton where he works alongside audiologists, providing the convenience of formal hearing assessments and specialist ENT attention.
Mr Pudel is also involved in the mentoring and training of medical students at Monash University and is a lecturer and examiner for the University of Melbourne and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. These academic interests are associated with his public appointments to Southern Health and Melbourne Health. Mr Pudel is the first Russian speaking ENT surgeon in Victoria.
Dr Linda Schachter
Sleep & Respiratory Physician
Dr Linda Schachter, Medical Director of Sleep Services of Australia, has been a sleep and respiratory specialist for 16 years with an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders.
Dr Schachter is involved in training programs for dentists and provides support for diagnosis and general management of their patients.
Dr Schachter has a long-term research interest in the effects of obesity on sleep apnoea, lung function, asthma and the effects of weight-loss on these conditions.
Dr Schachter has just finishing a trial in conjunction with Monash University, the Alfred hospital and Baker Institute looking at surgical versus medical weight loss in obese patients with severe obstructive sleep apnoea.
She is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australasian Sleep Association, American Sleep Association, American Thoracic Society and the Obesity Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Dev Banerjee
Dr Dev Banerjee is a Consultant in Sleep and Respiratory medicine at the Woolcock Institute, St Vincent's Hospital (Public and Private), and St Vincent's Clinic, Darlinghurst. He is currently medical director of the Woolcock Institute clinical sleep services.
He graduated from Leeds University UK, and underwent Sleep training in England and later at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 2003 to 2004. He was head of Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Failure Unit in Birmingham UK between 2004 and 2013, recently returning back to Sydney in 2013. He is actively involved in teaching and research of sleep and respiratory failure medicine, commonly undertaking lectures home and abroad.
He regularly undertakes media invites on television and radio in order to enhance the profile of sleep disorders within our society. He also undertakes a number of public engagements, educating members of the public on managing sleep disorders as a patient.
Mr Matthew Campbell
ENT Head & Neck Surgeon
Mr Matthew Campbell graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1984. He completed his Fellowship in ENT Head and Neck Surgery in 1995 and won the Jean Littlejohn medal for research (1994) and the Hugh Noel Puckle Prize (1996). Matthew then went to Europe for further training in middle ear surgery (Würzberg, Germany), vocal disorders (Lyon, France) and Head and Neck Surgery (Dublin, Ireland) before returning to Melbourne.
Mr Campbell was appointed director of the ENT Head and Neck Surgical Unit at Austin Health in 2000 and additionally of the Northern Hospital in 2005.
While he is loved by his paediatric patients and their families, he also relishes his work in sinus surgery, rhinoplasty, middle ear surgery and head and neck surgery. He is currently involved in research in obstructive sleep apnoea with an international multi-centre study and the respiratory unit at Austin.
The Respiratory Medicine Unit and the Institute of Breathing and Sleep both at Austin Hospital are world leaders especially in the areas of sleep disturbance and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). These institutions and Matthew are currently approaching completion of the second phase of testing of a new device for OSA in a multicentre trial with centres in Australia, USA and Europe. The Melbourne arm of the study through IBAS and with Matthew as the implanting surgeon have implanted the most of these devices more than anywhere else in the world. We hope that the results from this second phase will reflect the excellent results from the first phase or pilot study and that we will soon be able to offer this device as one of the many treatments for OSA.
Most snoring and OSA problems can be improved by simpler types of surgery or with non-surgical treatments. These devices include mandibular advancement splints (MAS) or CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) masks. The essential step is an experienced initial assessment of airway patency, with possible sleep study assessment afterwards.
Dr Moira Junge
Dr Moira Junge is a registered psychologist, having completed a Doctorate in Health Psychology. She has twenty years experience in the healthcare sector and has worked in the sleep field since 1994.
She is currently the Chairperson of the Australasian Sleep Association's Insomnia and Sleep Health Special Interest Group. Moira uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques as well as drawing on hypnosis, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT) and well-developed counselling skills.
Dr Junge is committed to providing the highest standard of psychological care and is passionate about, and actively involved in, educating other psychologists about treating sleep disorders.
Dr Peter Allcroft
Respiratory & Sleep Physician
Dr Peter Allcroft is the Director of Mycroft Sleep Diagnostics, a South Australian company dedicated to the provision of sleep studies to metropolitan and rural South Australia.
He graduated from Flinders University in 1989, and completed Specialist Physicians training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine in 1997.
He is a Senior Staff Specialist at Daw Park Repatriation Hospital in the Palliative Care Service, and a Lecturer in the School of Medicine Flinders University.
His research interests include symptom management in complex life limiting illness, and he is a Co-Investigator in a number of the Palliative Care Collaborative Studies consortium, the largest palliative care research group internationally. His published work includes the role of opioids in the management of dyspnoea, Academic Detailing and breathlessness in Motor Neurone Disease.
Dr Allcroft's clinical work in sleep medicine includes the assessment and management of patients with sleep disorders, with management strategies including lifestyle measures, CPAP, Mandibular Devices and surgical options.
Dr Jack Philpott
Respiratory & Sleep Physician
Dr Jack Philpott is an experienced and distinguished leader in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. Originally from Adelaide, he completed his basic physician training at Royal Adelaide Hospital. He later relocated to Perth and completed his sleep and respiratory training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital.
Dr Philpott served as head of the department of Respiratory Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital for three years and has been in private practice in Perth for over 20 years.
His fields of expertise include Obstructive and Restrictive Lung Disease, Asthma and Allergies, Sleep Apnoea, Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Insomnia, Parasomnias and Hypersomnias, Fatigue Management, and Forensic Sleep Medicine.
Dr Simon Frenkel is a Respiratory and Sleep Disorders Physician who has been consulting in the Western and Northern regions of Melbourne for the last eight years. He has a special interest in Sleep Medicine including insomnia, circadian rhythm disturbances, snoring and sleep apnoea. Other interests include the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in the evaluation and management of breathless patients.
Dr Frenkel has been working in the medical field for over a decade and is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Sleep Association and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He trained at The Alfred and Western Hospitals, and has been a Staff Specialist at Western Hospital since 2006.
Dr Simon Frenkel
Respiratory & Sleep Physician
Dr Juan Mulder
Respiratory & Sleep Physician
Dr Juan Mulder is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians specialising in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. He graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2003 and subsequently completed his basic physician training at the Alfred Hospital.
He embarked on advanced training in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine and attained certification as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (USA), Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound and completed his Australasian fellowship in 2011.
Dr Mulder cares for patients with complex multifactorial sleep disorders including insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders and sleep apnoea. He is also a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Aniko Ball practices exclusively in the field of dental sleep medicine. She has attended and presented at many programs on dental sleep medicine.
Dr Ball has expertise in counselling, communication skills and has vast experience in the training of dentists as well as their staff. Dr Ball will present on how to achieve high case acceptance and highly motivated patients.
Dr Aniko Ball