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Sleep apnoea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests.

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Researchers believe that disrupted circadian clocks are the reason that shift workers experience higher incidences of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. The body's primary circadian clock, which regulates sleep and eating, is in the brain. But other body tissues also have circadian clocks, including the liver, which regulates blood glucose levels.

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In recent research is has been found that disruption to rapid eye-movement (REM) sleep caused by sleep apnoea, may affect an individual’s capacity to form new spatial memories.

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Office workers with more light exposure at work had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.

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Can you be sleep deprived without knowing it? Sleep is not always prioritised however the implications can be devastating. Even one night sleep deprived can be impacting your body on a variety of different levels; physically and psychologically. The only way to know if you are getting consolidated sleep is to monitor with specialised equipment what is happening when you are asleep.

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In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Study paticipant reports of sleep disorder frequency, sleep patterns and complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness suggest that sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic in the MS population.

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Why refer to Thoracic & Sleep Group Queensland?

As a referring doctor you have access to the following comprehensive specialist medical services for your patients.

The Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD) provides a team of specialist medical physicians, scientific, technical and nursing care in multiple areas of lung and sleep health. We offer state-of-the-art Thoracic and Sleep facilities for our patients to receive the best care available throughout South East Queensland.

Our friendly team are here to help you, and we're easy to find.

Thoracic Services

Outpatient Clinics

The Wesley Hospital, 5 days per week
Sunshine Coast : Nambour Selangor Private Hospital
Toowoomba : Medici Medical Centre

Please contact us for more information on our Outpatient Clinics.

Inpatient Services, The Wesley Hospital

The Wesley Hospital

Inpatient tertiary level care for patients with complex thoracic medical disorders, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disorders (emphysema, bronchiectasis), asthma, plus acute care patients admitted via The Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre (WEC).

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory

Bulk billed lung function testing, including:

  • Spirometry
  • Complicated lung function test (Spirometry, CO transfer and lung volumes)
  • Bronchial provocation testing (Mannitol)
  • 6-minute walk testing
  • Allergen skin testing
  • Lung volume and diffusion analysis
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Fractional expired NO (FeNO) assessments
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Same day appointment, same day results
  • Our specialist physicians make interpretive comments on every report

The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

'Breathwise', a pulmonary rehabilitation programme based at The Wesley Hospital, focuses on a multi-disciplinary outpatient programme for patients with chronic lung disease, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For more information on The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme.

The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit

The Wesley Hospital is now a designated Australian treatment centre for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). Our unit has Federal Government funding for medications including parenteral, inhaled and oral vasoactive agents that act as pulmonary vasodilators to treat PH. These agents also have antithrombotic, antifibrotic and antimitogenic properties. Monotherapy or combination therapy are trialled under the supervision of our treating physicians. For more information on The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit.

The Wesley Asbestos Research Group

Unique in Queensland, this research Group seeks to facilitate research and raise awareness of asbestosis and asbestos-related diseases both to the medical fraternity and the general community, with the aims of improving treatment and enhancing the quality of life of those affected. For more information on The Wesley Asbestos Research Group.

The Wesley Lung Research Group

In conjunction with local, national and international research centres we are currently enrolling patients in lung research, including COPD, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and asthma. For more information please contact us

  • PATENT 1 and 2 Trials, CHEST : Pulmonary arterial hypertension trial - BAY 62-2521, a direct stimulator of the soluble guanylate cyclase.
  • CLIPPER Trial : COPD Trial, a 52 week efficacy abd safety study to compare the effect of three doseage strengths of fluticasone furoate/GW642444
  • PAH trial with HCP (Wesley Hospital).

Further studies are currently in development.

The Wesley Hospital Lung Oncology Group

Multidisciplinary team of specialist doctors, oncology nurses, researchers and allied health staff involved in the care of patients with lung cancer.

Our specialists include Thoracic Physicians, Thoracic Surgeons, Medical Oncologists and Radiation Oncologists. All have extensive experience in thoracic oncology management.

Educational Services

  • GP education evenings.
  • Hospital staff education meetings.
  • Medical student training : University of Queesland, Griffith University, Bond University.
  • Active participation in national and international conferences.

Sleep Services

Outpatient clinics

  • Held in conjunction with thoracic clinics, 5 days per week.
  • Comprehensive medical assessments, with all patients reviewed before, during and after sleep therapy commencement.
  • Daily assessment of patients after their sleep studies, with immediate training in CPAP therapy.

The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre

  • 6 bed unit, fully staffed with scientific and nursing staff.
  • Rapid assessment and turaround time for sleep study reports (3-5 days).
  • Accredited with the National Authority of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA)/Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) Sleep Disorders Services (SDS) Accreditation Program.
  • Assessment and management of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), restless leg syndrome, insomnia and chronic snoring.
  • Management of complex sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, 'obesity-hypoventilation syndrome', Cheyne- Stokes Respiration and chronic respiratory failure.
  • Tertiary level diagnostic, CPAP, Bilevel/VPAP adapt and complex disorder sleep investigations.
  • Management of complex multisystem ventilatory disorders, including cardiac and neurological syndromes.
  • Multi-team care, with access to clinical psychologists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and dentists (for mandibular advancement splints).

The Sunshine Coast Sleep Disorders Centre

  • 3 bed unit, fully staffed
  • Servicing Nambour and the Sunshine Coast
  • Outpatient sleep and thoracic consultation services with Dr John Feenstra
  • Linked with Dr Scott Brown, fulltime Thoracic Physician

The TSGQ CPAP Clinics

  • CPAP Educators assist with CPAP therapy training and technical support with all patients.
  • Located at The Wesley Hospital and Toowoomba.
  • 85-90% compliance rate with CPAP therapy, significantly above national and international standards.
  • Provision of the most up to date CPAP masks and machines.
  • Full rental and sales services.
  • Longterm outpatient management of patients with all sleep disorders, in conjunction with Sleep Physicians.

General Services

  • Local transport services
  • Direct access to high quality services within the Wesley Hospital including pathology, radiology, and a wide range of tertiary hospital level specialist medical services
  • Comfortable, private and secure premises
  • Good quality visitors accomodation
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