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Issue 13: September 2011
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Information for Doctors

Sleep Services
The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorder Centre
The Wesley Hospital
1800 119 446

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John Flynn Sleep Centre
John Flynn Private Hospital
1800 215 914
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Sunshine Coast Sleep Disorders Centre
Nambour Selangor Private
(07) 5459 7444
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Thoracic Services
The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory
(07) 3870 0858
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The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit
(07) 3876 9033
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The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit 'Breathwise'
(07) 3232 7048
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CPAP Equipment Sales & Rental Enquiries
(07) 3870 1120

Specialist Physicians

Dr Andrew Scott
Ph: (07) 3876 8405
Fax: (07) 3870 3212

Dr John Feenstra
Ph: (07) 3876 9033
Fax: (07) 3871 3222

Find out more about other members of the TSGQ team.

In Other News

New Developments in Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer remains the number one cancer killer of men in Queensland.  Smoking is responsible for 84% of lung cancer in males. Find out more about the new developments in Lung Cancer research. read more

Childhood Disorders That Have Adult Consequences

A review study in "Archives of Pathology and Pulmonary Medicine" confirmed that lung tumors are rare in children and most often are noncancerous. Of the rare primary tumors in children, the most common are pleuropulmonary blastoma and carcinoid tumor. Even more rare types of lung tumors in children include congenital peribronchial myofibroblastic tumour, sarcomas, carcinoma and mesothelioma. read more

Link Between OSA and Increased Bone Resorption In Men

A recent Japanese study is first evidence of a link between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and abnormal bone metabolism, due to the effects of hypoxia, microinflammation and oxidative stress. read more

Previous Articles

OSA & Cardiomyopathy
Sleep Disorders & Stroke
Asthma & FeNO Testing
Sleep Deprivation and Depression

Cognitive Function after Sleep Deprivation

Pulmonary Function and Diabetes
Men's Health

Sleep and Driving

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Insomnia and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Melatonin Therapy for Insomnia
Tart Cherries and Insomnia

Air Pollution and Lung Health
Sleep Deprivation and Depression
Melatonin Therapy for Insomnia

Sleep and Driving

Pulmonary Function and Diabetes

Work Health and Safety
Carbon Footprint and your Medical Practice
Tax Deductions with new CPAP Machines
Men’s Health Week 2011
World Environment Day 2011
Go Red For Women - June 2011
Q: I don’t like the idea of using CPAP. Why is it important for me to treat my obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?
Six Tips for Helping Your Patients Cope With CPAP

Dear Doctors,

Welcome to the September 2011 edition of the Thoracic and Sleep Group e-Newsletter.

This month's topics include:

    • World Heart Day
    • International Day of Peace - 5 tips for better sleep
    • Sleep Disorders and Suicide
    • Developments for Monitoring and Control of Asthma in Adolescents
    • National Stroke Week
    • Why is it important for me to treat my obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?

We welcome your feedback. You can email the editor with any feedback or suggestions for articles and news at - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

World Heart Day

Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include thoracic and sleep disorders in addition to hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity and diabetes.

In partnership with WHO, the World Heart Federation organises awareness events in more than 100 countries - including health checks, organised walks, runs and fitness sessions, public talks, stage shows, scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, carnivals and sports tournaments.  Read more...

International Day of Peace

September 21 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace.  In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly affirmed that this day shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples.  By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. 

Here are 5 tips to bring peace to your home, and assist your sleep.  Read more...

Sleep Disorders and Suicide

World Suicide Prevention Day is about bringing together communities, researchers, practitioners and politicians, clinicians and those in government, individuals with lived experience and those bereaved by suicide, to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the incidence of suicide in Australia, to raise awareness of this significant national challenge and to share information about ways to effectively take action as individuals and a community.  Read more...

Thoracic News

Developments for Monitoring and Control and Asthma in Adolescents - British Guidelines 2011
image: Asthma and breathing problemsBritish Thoracic Society (BTS) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) jointly produce and regularly revise the British Guidelines on the Management of Asthma. Recent developments have been in the areas of monitoring and control and asthma in adolescents. Here are these findings. Read more...

National Stroke Week: 12-18 September 2011
image: Stroke heart problemsNational Stroke Week 2011 will be held from 12-18 September and aims to raise awareness of stroke and the early warning signs of a stroke. Stroke is Australia's second single greatest killer, with over 60,000 strokes occurring every year. Ongoing research confirms that sleep-disordered breathing is a significant risk factor for stroke, can slow down rehabilitation, and can lead to a worsening of pre-existing obstructive and central sleep apnoea. Read more...

Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Our Education Teams for your Medical Practice

We recognise medical practitioners are time poor, and need succinct presentations from people with expertise. In 2011 we have scientific staff providing focused lunchtime educational presentations.

Our teams will come to your practice, provide up to date information in thoracic and sleep medicine, access to the latest CPAP equipment, educational material for your practice, in a timely interactive session.

The teams can provide referral pads plus the electronic referral software compatible with Best Practice, PractiX, Genie and Medical Director. All thoracic and sleep reports can be sent securely via Medical Objects. If you wish to have one of our teams come to your practice please email or Ph (07) 3870 1120.

Electronic Referral Forms Now Available For Download

Electronic referral forms are now available for our Sleep and Respiratory Services here.

These referrals are compatible with Best Practice, PractiX, Genie and Medical Director and are sent securely via Medical Objects.

Ask A Scientist

Doug Miller
Doug Miller
CPAP Educator - Email Doug

What has changed with CPAP technology in recent years?

Often patients who have been treated with CPAP in the past can be very reluctant to retry treatment for a variety of reasons:

  • previous masks were uncomfortable and cumbersome,
  • machines were loud and bulky, and
  • the treatment itself was uncompromising.

Thankfully these days, the technology has advanced significantly where current CPAP systems are small, quiet and comfortable.. read more...

The Ask A Thoracic and Sleep Group Scientist Blog is live!

Read popular Thoracic and Sleep medicine questions answered by our qualified scientists, or submit your own question to our team of scientists.

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory News


Please contact our office to have a referral pad sent out or download a referral here.


Phone:   (07) 3870 0858
Fax:       (07) 3870 2608

Bulk Billed Lung Function Tests:

  • Spirometry
  • Complicated lung function test (CO transfer and lung volumes)
  • Bronchial provocation testing (Mannitol)
  • 6 minute walk testing
  • Allergen skin testing
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Fraction Expired NO (FeNO)

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