Sleep Health Foundation New Zealand is a charitable trust. We operate in partnership with our members and a range of organisations. We are particularly grateful for the support and collaboration across the spectrum of key parties including medical professionals, academics, researchers and independent advisers. These include Lions Clubs New Zealand, Massey University, Australasian Sleep Association and Australian Sleep Health Foundation.
View our 2018 Annual report here.
View our 2019 Annual report here
Meet the Board
Shirley Hull RMA Commisioner, JP.
Chair – (Independent)
Shirley has been a Tararua District Councillor for 7 years. Other offices include RHAANZ member. She was a board member for Central Primary Health Organisation and is currently on the board of Pahiatua Community Service Trust. Shirley brings not only significant governance experience but an ability to network with stakeholders and community. Being part of NZSHF for her is about getting the positive stories about how we enhance the sleep of our nation and securing the benefits this can reap as it ripples through the communities.
Trustee – (Independent)
Elaine Reilly is a positive and dedicated professional with a winning combination of academic qualifications, can-do attitude and extensive governance and leadership experience in a range of business sectors. With an Honours Psychology degree and an MBA from a leading Scottish University, she has a unique blend of people and business skills. Elaine founded an award winning business consultancy focusing on developing potential of individuals and teams.
Trustee – (Independent)
Proud to be part of a substantial humanity betterment project, Warren was made acutely aware of the field of sleep health, through his personal health journey.
As a community-initiated project Sleep Health New Zealand seeks to build and maintain a sustainable resource that will contribute to lives being saved. As a Woodville Lions Club member, Warren takes pride in working as an effective foundation board member of this organisation.
Prof. Philippa Gander ONZM, FRSNZ
Philippa Gander is the Director of the Sleep/Wake Research Centre at Massey University, Wellington. Philippa is interested in the health and safety challenges generated by current trends to restrict sleep and increase 24/7 work and entertainment. She works with government agencies, industries, and unions to develop new evidence-based solutions to these challenges. Her research has also helped profile who has sleep disorders in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with a view to improving the availability of diagnosis and treatment services.
Dr. Alex Bartle
Dr Bartle worked as a GP in Christchurch for 30years and developed the Sleep Well Clinics in 2000. He now has Sleep clinics throughout New Zealand. He completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine through Sydney University in 2009. Dr Bartle has been on the Education Sub-Committee of the Australasian Sleep Association for 10years, and an inaugural member of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Alliance (APPSA).
Prof. Alister Neill
Alister is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician at Wellington Hospital (CCDHB) and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Otago’s Wellington School of Medicine. He directs the WellSleep Laboratory & Research Group and is a member of the American Thoracic Society’s Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Program Committee. He is the current President of the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Sleep Association.
Sarah-Jane Paine (Tūhoe) is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori and Co-Director of the Tōmaiora Research Group, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. She holds science degrees from the University of Otago and a PhD in Public Health from Massey University. Her area of expertise is in Maori health including more than a decade of research on inequities in sleep health between Maori and non-Maori in New Zealand.
Lora Wu is a sleep researcher and clinical psychologist based at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre at Massey University in Wellington. Lora’s research involves behavioural sleep health, sleep and performance, and managing fatigue in the workplace and among clinical populations. Her clinical practice is in the area of behavioural sleep health. Lora is committed to educating others about sleep and helping them achieve optimal sleep health.