Board Members

Office Bearers & National Board


The Australia and New Zealand Sleep Science Association consists of a Board, and Executive Officers which are known as the Office Bearers of the Association. The Office Bearers consist of the President, Deputy President Secretary and Treasurer. The Board consists of the Associations Office Bearers, four (4) ordinary Board Members/Directors and the addition of two (2) Special Directors, elected at the discretion of the Board. 

You can find out further information regarding the 20202 - 2022 elected Board Members below.
 

President

Thomas Churchward

Tom is a Sleep Scientist with over 20 years’ experience. His substantive role is Senior Sleep Scientist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne – a large comprehensive ASA/NATA accredited service. He has diverse research, development and educational interests ranging from measurement and treatment optimisation to digital health. He is an associate of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep and is a NATA technical assessor for sleep service accreditation.

Tom has spent most of the past 22 years involved in ASTA/ANZSSA. He holds RPSGT and RST certifications and is currently pursuing post graduate studies in digital health.

He was amongst the first Australian Accredited Clinical Physiologists having served as the inaugural president of the Australian Council for Clinical Physiologists from 2018-2019.
 

Deputy President

Nicole Verginis

Nicole is the Chief Clinical Sleep Scientist at ASA/NATA accredited Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital which is a comprehensive sleep service incorporating diagnostic, non-invasive ventilation, home oximetry and apnoea monitoring services; and Teddy Bear Sleep Services, St Vincents East Melbourne. With over 20 years experience, she has a Masters in Sleep Science, RPSGT certification, is a NATA technical assessor for Paediatric Sleep and is an Australian Accredited Clinical Physiologist.

Nicole has a keen interest in quality management, education and research.

She has been actively involved with ASTA/ANZSSA and the ASA throughout her career and has been on numerous taskforces developing and reviewing guidelines regarding paediatric sleep scoring, oximetry and accreditation.
 

Treasurer

Philip Teuwen

Phil has been a sleep scientist with over 15 years’ experience and has worked across a range of technical, marketing and educational roles. He is currently the sleep unit manager for the Thoracic and Sleep Group, Australia’s first private NATA accredited sleep unit; providing a range of type 1 & 2 polysopmnographic investigations and treatment support services. Phil also enjoys lecturing in a post grad clinical physiology course with Griffith University.

Away from sleep Phil has a keen interest in strategic management consulting, particularly with not-for-profits and start-ups. Phil holds a Bsci, MBA (University of Queensland, Harvard and Wharton) and is currently an affiliate member and soon to complete the company directors course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 

Secretary

Anne-Marie Adams 

Anne-Marie started her career as a Respiratory Scientist at Christchurch Public Hospital in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the UK and now in Australia in the related fields of Respiratory Science, Cardiopulmonary Exercise and now Sleep Science. She is the Chief Sleep Scientist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne – a NATA accredited Complex Paediatric Sleep and Ventilation Service. She holds honorary positions at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics.

She has been involved with ASTA/ANZSAA for the past 5 years, completed her PHD in 2014, is a RPSGT and NATA accreditor for Paediatric Sleep.
 

Director/Board Member

Warren Ruehland 

Dr Warren Ruehland is a respiratory and sleep scientist (RPSGT) currently combining clinical and information technology roles at Austin Health, Melbourne. He has over 20 years’ experience in both clinical and research settings, and is also a co-founder and director of QSleep, which provides a PSG scoring quality control service to Australian and international sleep laboratories. He has a broad clinical and physiological research background, is an associate of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep, and has completed a PhD examining the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnoea. Warren’s experience has led to his participation in a number of committees developing sleep scoring and diagnostic guidelines, including an important role in the development of 2020 ASA/ANZSSA Commentary on the AASM Manual.
 

Director/Board Member

Teanau Roebuck

Teanau has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biophysics and Instrumental Science(Hons) and is an Adjunct Lecturer, Monash University. She is a RPSGT and ACCP registered Sleep Physiologist with over 20years experience managing an accredited public hospital sleep laboratory. Additionally, she has managed a private service, held a research position and is a NATA assessor. Teanau is the inaugural Chief Scientist and Laboratory Manager of the Alfred Sleep Laboratory and continues to manage this accredited service that provides tests from level 1 to level 4 to high acuity patients. She has served ASTA/ANZSSA in many roles, the greatest contributions during her terms of presidency being ASTA’s first constitution and proposing a name change for ASTA along with a restructure to a Board format.
 

Director/Board Member

Scott Coussens 

Scott is a neuroscientist with 17 years of experience in clinical sleep medicine. He currently holds the position ofManager: Technical Services for UniSA Society & Justice. His main roles are as a researcher and Laboratory Co-ordinator across both The Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Research Hub and The Behaviour, Brain and Body Research Centre and technical consultant for numerous and diverse projects.

His work encompasses a wide range of research and technical fields including the developing and optimising of analysis techniques of electrophysiological data sets (particularly EEG)), machine learning, the neuroscience of sleep and memory, and investigating the interaction of exercise, sleep and health across the lifespan. He received his PhD in 2015 in Medical Science from Adelaide University for a project investigating the nature of sleep disturbance in children with sleep disordered breathing. He has been involved in ANZSSA, ASTA ASA and the Sleep Health Foundation as a volunteer and committee member for many years and is also a volunteer NATA accreditor.
 

Director/Board Member

Alison Teare

Alison has participated in the sleep field for approximately 13 years. She has experience working in private and public hospital settings as well as various sleep research roles. In 2012 she qualified as an RPSGT.

She currently works as a sleep research assistant at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University.

In late 2019, she volunteered as a member of ANZSSA’s interim board and since being elected to the inaugural board, is looking forward to continuing this work.
 

Special Director 

Kerri Melehan

Kerri started her sleep career as an evening and night sleep technologist in 1997. Since then, she has completed her masters and PhD in sleep medicine, and is currently the senior sleep scientist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and co-ordinates and teaches in the Master of Sleep Medicine course, Scoring Bootcamp, and the week long Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine course at University of Sydney.

She has been involved in ASTA/ANZSSA for at least 15 years, being NSW regional representative, BRPT representative, the first chair of the CEC granting committee, the ASTA representative on the ASA board (2015-2019) and was president from 2016- 2020.

Kerri was involved in writing the 2020 scoring commentary paper, is a NATA technical assessor, has the RPSGT and ACCP (Sleep) qualifications as well as being an Expert Somnologist Technologist from ESRS.
 

Special Director 

Ross McLachlan

Ross has been working as a Sleep Scientist for 2 ½ years at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia – an ASA/NATA accredited service. This fully public health care service manages complex tertiary sleep disorders. Ross has an academic background of a Bachelor of Health Science conjoined with a Bachelor of Arts – Majoring in Psychology. He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health with a passion for global health policy.

He has been a member with ASTA/ANZSAA for the past 2 ½ years since moving to Australia to pursue his career in sleep, Ross volunteered as a member of the ANZSSA’s interim board in 2019. He currently holds RPSGT and is working towards his CCSH.
 

Administration/Secretariat 

The Association Specialists 

Level 3

33-35 Atchison Street, 

St Leonards NSW 2065

E: info@anzsleepscience.org