1631 - Home sleep apnoea test utilizing peripheral arterial tone

Page last updated: 01 October 2021

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

The proposed medical service is a Home Sleep Apnoea Test (HSAT). The HSAT measures seven channels: peripheral arterial tone (PAT) signal, oximetry, actigraphy, heart rate, body position, snoring, and chest movement. By using these seven channels, the PAT HSAT can differentiate between sleep periods and awake time periods, which allows the analysis of 'true sleep time', and can report sleep stages (light, deep, and rapid eye movement sleep), apnea hypopnea index, oxygen desaturation index, and other major indices necessary for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Description of Medical Condition

Sleep apnoea is a common sleep-related breathing disorder. The most prevalent type of sleep apnoea is obstructive aleep apnoea (OSA), which is characterized by a narrowing of the upper airway that impairs normal ventilation during sleep , resulting in repeated reversible blood oxygen desaturation and fragmented sleep. OSA has been associated with a range of pathophysiological changes that impair cardiovascular function, including increased blood inflammatory markers and repeated rises in blood pressure . OSA is strongly linked to a variety of health problems such as coronary heart disease, stroke, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, hypertension and greater mortality risk.

Reason for Application

Amendment to existing MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form

Application Form (PDF 1883 KB)
Application Form (Word 1307 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 558 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 70 KB)

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 1998 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 649 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 743 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 234 KB)

Meetings for this Application


13 August 2020


10-11 June 2021


29-30 July 2021