Sleep studies

What is a sleep study? A sleep study (or polysomnogram) is a test which provides information about breathing during sleep and the pattern of sleep during the night it is performed. Sleep studies are most commonly performed in a child who snores to tell if they have obstructive sleep apnoea. However, sleep studies may be performed in order to provide more information about their breathing or the quality of a child's sleep and can be helpful in a range of conditions 

Why have a sleep study with us? Our mission to provide the highest level of care for your child and an experience you will want to share with your friends. The Mater Children's Private Sleep Unit is a collaboration between Queensland Sleep (a leader in  adult sleep medicine), the Mater Hospital and Q-CLASS (Children's sleep specialists - Dr Burgess and Dr Suresh). The laboratory has been designed for children and their families. It has been accredited by NATA and the Australasian Sleep Association (the highest level of certification). Our staff are highly trained and love working with children.

What is involved? During the sleep study your child will be managed by experienced paediatric nurses who have undertaken further training in sleep medicine. Children sleep overnight in a sleep laboratory, not in the main ward. The environment is specially designed to cater for the needs of the child and their parent. The rooms are large and have two beds (or a bed and cot) and parents stay with their child. There is a play area, kitchenette, toilets and shower, toys and games for child. You are also welcome to bring bedding (their own pillow or special blanket), toys or other things from home which may make your child feel more secure and relaxed. Although your child will be monitored with lots of equipment, most children tolerate this very well. Nothing hurts and our staff are trained to engage with children who are a little nervous about having a sleep over. 

During a sleep study we monitor the type of sleep your child is having, their breathing, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, movement and much more.

We provider dinner and breakfast for your child. However, you are welcome to bring food, formula or anything else your child would prefer. Free parking is available in the Mater Hospital car parks. 


Costs: The cost of the sleep study is typically covered by private health funds with no out of pocket expense. However, we do recommend that you check the details of your policy with your health fund. The fund may ask for the MBS item number which will be either 12210 or 12213 depending upon their age. If you do not have private health insurance you can elect to be self-funded. The out of pocket expense is $800 ($600 if your child has a health care card).

How to arrange a sleep study: It is a requirement of Medicare that your child is referred by a doctor and assessed by a sleep specialist prior to the study. Meeting with you and your child prior to the study is helpful in planning any modifications to the standard study and interpreting the findings from the study. Telehealth consultations via Skype are available for those families who live a long way from Brisbane and we are happy to assist with travel subsidy forms completed by your referring doctor. Please contact QCLASS about arranging an appointment with one of our sleep specialists; phone 07 3161 0377 or click here to be redirected to their website.

Children who have been reviewed by a sleep specialist at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospitaldo not need to be reviewed by a sleep specialist before their sleep study and will receive specific instructions about how they will receive their sleep study results.