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Issue 15: November 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

Cancer Survivors At Risk of PTSD Scars Remain Long After The Physical Wounds Have Healed

1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, with more than 60% of cancer patients surviving more than five years after diagnosis.

According to a recent US study the hidden psychological scars caused by the diagnosis of cancer can leave scaring akin to that inflicted by war, with the impact in some cases lasting for years.
read more

Alzheimer Australia March On Parliament House

A group of 500 people marched on parliament on October 13 in the fight against dementia.  The assemblage gathered to demand a $500 million Dimentia Action Plan over five years in the next federal budget.  Alzheimer’s Australia president, Ita Buttrose led the march and warned there will be 75 000 baby boomers with dementia in 2020, just eight short years away. read more

Pulmonary Hypertension Scientific Meeting

The Pulmonary Hypertension Society of Australia and New Zealand invite Dr John Feenstra to speak at their Inaugral Scientific Meeting. read more

Nightowl Teens Are Not So Lean

Time to wake up: teens that go to bed late and sleep in are more likely to be overweight than teens that don't. 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 November 2011 edition of the Thoracic and Sleep Group e-Newsletter.

This month's topics include:

    • Alzheimer’s And Sleep
    • Emerging Epigenetic Research In The Development Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    • Metabolic Consequences Of Sleep Deprivation
    • Recognising the Symptoms of Sleepiness
    • 8 tips to Better Manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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

Sleep Medicine News

Alzheimer’s And Sleep

November marks World Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a degenerative condition of the brain, characterised by loss of memory and cognitive function. It is estimated that there are currently approximately 18 million people worldwide diagnosed with the disease and by 2025 figures are projected to double to 34 million. In Australia an estimated 269,000 Australians currently live with dementia. It is the most common form of dementia accounting for 50 – 70 percent of all dementia cases. Read more...

Emerging Epigenetic Research In The Development Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

According to Buist et al and Halbert et al the prevalence rate of COPD in industrialized countries is 5 to 15%1. Both genetic predisposition and environmental factors are known to play a role in COPD development in susceptible individuals. The study of candidate genes that may be involved in the development of COPD has previously been inconsistent. Thus suggesting other factors may contribute to COPD susceptibility. Read more...

Metabolic Consequences Of Sleep Deprivation
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The prevalence of diabetes and obesity is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide, the causes of which are not fully understood. With chronic sleep curtailment developing rapidly over the last 2-3 decades, laboratory and epidemiological studies suggest that sleep loss may play a role in the increased prevalence of diabetes and/or obesity. Read more...

Recognising the Symptoms of Sleepiness
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Up to 30% of road accidents are attributed to driver fatigue and sleepiness. Research shows that people who drive while sleepy are as impaired as those under the influence of alcohol. Read more...

How to Better Manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
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The month of November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. World COPD Day 2011 will take place on Wednesday, November 16 around the theme “Are you short of breath? You may have COPD! Ask your doctor about a simple breathing test called spirometry.” This positive message was chosen to raise awareness of spirometry as the gold standard for diagnosis of COPD, and emphasize the actions a person can take to safeguard his or her lung health. Awareness leads to greater chance of early diagnosis. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance is of swift lung cancer treatment and the ability to beat the cancer2.

Read on for 8 tips for better management of COPD. Read more...

Thoracic Medicine 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.

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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