Seeing Dr David Cunnington – Sleep Specialist: FAQs

How do I make an appointment?

David sees patients in his practice at Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre. To make an appointment you can contact the practice via:

Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre is located at:
Suite 508, 100 Victoria Pde
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Australia
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What should I bring to my appointment?

As David is a specialist physician, you will need to bring a referral from your doctor. You should also bring your Medicare card and details of private health insurance, if you have it.

It’s also helpful if you bring copies of any previous results that you wish to discuss with David or have him review. You can also send these ahead of time if you wish.

If you have been having trouble with irregular or unpredictable sleep, or symptoms of insomnia, completing a sleep diary can be helpful. These can be downloaded here.

What should I expect at my appointment with Dr Cunnington?

At your first appointment with David, you should expect to discuss your sleep problems as well as any other health conditions and medications. Using that information David will discuss possible diagnoses and any tests that may be required to establish what the problem is, as well as outline a management plan.

David will usually use a sleep study as part of the assessment process to look at what is actually happening during sleep. Different sleep disorders often have similar symptoms, so a sleep study is an important tool in diagnosing sleep disorders and the impact they are having.

Follow-up appointments are to review results of tests, assess response to treatment and update management plans based on progress.

What are the out of pocket costs to see Dr Cunnington?

For initial appointments the out of pocket cost (after Medicare rebates) is $110, and for follow-up appointments it is $80. For people on a pension or with a Health Care card, the out of pocket cost is $50.

What does a sleep physician do?

As medical specialists, sleep physicians are highly skilled experts in managing sleep disorders and medical problems associated with them.

Sleep physicians assess people to make a diagnosis, based on symptoms and test results, which often includes a sleep study. Then develop a management plan that is tailored to the individual taking in to account their other medical problems and preferences.

When does Dr Cunnington have appointments?

David consults every day Monday to Friday, and has early appointments (from 8:20am) and afternoon appointments (to 4:20pm).

Although the usual waiting time for new appointments is around 6 weeks, David has flexibility in scheduling to be able to see urgent cases within a week if needed.

Does Dr Cunnington offer Telehealth appointment?

Telehealth is a Medicare initiative that allows medical specialists to offer consultations using videoconferencing to people living outside of major metropolitan areas. David uses Telehealth to offer consultations to people from around Australia.

To see if you are eligible for Telehealth via Medicare, you can check this map Areas RA2, RA3, RA4 and RA5 are eligible for Medicare rebates for Telehealth consultations. David also offers Telehealth consultations for people living in major cities (RA1 areas), but these are not eligible for Medicare rebates.

Note: David is not able to offer consultations to people outside Australia.

When should I see a sleep doctor about my sleep problem?

Many sleep problems are related to lifestyle factors, so this is the place to start if you feel like you’re not sleeping well. Ensuring that you’re allowing enough opportunity for sleep, sufficient time to wind down before sleeping and not undertaking stimulating activities prior to retiring to sleep is important.

However, if despite these measures, you still find that you’re sleeping poorly, that is when you should see a sleep physician.