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Issue 14: October 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
Download Referral Form

The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit 'Breathwise'
(07) 3232 7048
Download Referral Form

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

One Lazy Worker Can Spoil The Team

Bad apples... Just one slack worker pulls the workplace down. read more

Eye Lens Discolouration Linked To Sleep Problems

If you are experiencing sleep problems as you get older, it may be due to natural eye lens discoloration, a new study shows. read more

Statins Reduce Deaths From Infection And Respiratory Illness

Statins can be used to cut deaths from infection and respiratory illness, according to new analysis of a major trial into the drugs which ended in 2003. read more

Wildfire Smoke And Your Lung Health

Ash and soot are covering thousands of square kilometres of land, and people with asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema will soon be affected. 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 October 2011 edition of the Thoracic and Sleep Group e-Newsletter.

This month's topics include:

    • Latest Asthma, COPD and OSA Statistics
    • Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge for Diabetes and Heart Health
    • World Habitat Day
    • The Cancer Council's "Girls Night In" October
    • Suicide Prevention Day

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

Thoracic and Sleep Medicine News

Latest Asthma, COPD and OSA Statistics

Currently, over 2 million Australians are suffering from Asthma with an estimated prevalence of 17% in children and 11% in adults. Despite being a common condition, public health expenditure for asthma alone costs Australia over 600 million dollars a year with over 37000 hospital admissions recorded in 2007/08.  Read more...

Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge

On the 9th of October, an anticipated 10,000 cyclists will take part in a 100km ride from city to sea to raise funds for Diabetes Australia Queensland and The Heart Foundation.

This mass participation ride not only increases the awareness of cycling and encourages the general community to get out and be active; it also helps raise funds for two very worthy causes – Diabetes & Heart Disease research. Read more...

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day is celebrated around the world on the first Monday each October. This year, it will be held on October 3rd with the theme being, Cities and Climate Change. World Habitat Day was officially designated by the United Nations and was first celebrated in 1986. The purpose of this day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to have access to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility to maintain our habitat for future. Read more...

The Cancer Council's "Girl's Night In" - October
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Girls night in is an initiative that raises awareness and funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support programs.  What started as a small undertaking is now responsible for contributing over $4 million each year for women’s cancers.  Read more...

The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day - an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) aimed at raising public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention and treatment services with the theme for 2011 being "The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health." 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.

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory


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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