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Issue 3: November 2010
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Quote of the Month:
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together."
- Thomas Dekker

Links for Doctors:
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Information for Doctors

Free Patient Information Brochures on Sleep & Respiratory Medicine

We would be happy to organise a free stand featuring the following brochures:

- Sleep and Stroke
- Sleep and Heart Disease
- Sleep and Women
- Sleep and Driving
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Email us to receive your free stand and brochures!

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

The Dangers Of Driving Tired

Statistics show 17% of Queensland road fatalities involve driver fatigue. A review of the literature has shown OSA treatment is significantly improving fatigue, daytime sleepiness and lack of energy. read more

Insomnia May Shrink the Brain

Chronic insomniacs losing out on sleep may also be missing brain matter. For the first time, brain imaging has linked chronic insomnia to lower gray matter density in areas that regulate the brain's ability to make decisions and to rest. The research could lead to new treatment plans for people who struggle with sleeplessness. read more

Can Pets Help You Sleep?

When man's best friend wants to hop into bed at night, there are conflicting opinions about whether it should be allowed for those already having sleep troubles. read more

We Want Your Feedback

Do you have a specific Thoracic or Sleep related question? Want to find out more about how we help our patients? Or do you have some feedback on our services?

Click here to email Carla.

Dear Doctors,

Welcome to the November Edition of the TSGQ e-Newsletter! This month, you will find information on:

  • Men's Health
    Movember - November 2010
  • Sleep and Driving
    World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - 16 November
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    World COPD Day - 17 November

We hope you enjoy this edition and wholeheartedly welcome your feedback. You can email the editor with any feedback or suggestions for both articles and news at - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

The Thoracic and Sleep Group (QLD) will be supporting Movember during the month of November as sleep disorders, most notably Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, affects 1 in 5 men in Australia. Perhaps your medical practice should support Movember too?  Via the moustache, Movember continues to provoke conversation each year, with a view to breaking down long standing and traditional taboos and habits. Read more...

Movember  November 2010

Car Driving FastDriving fatigue is a major cause of Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs), costing the Australian economy a billion dollars a year. Find out what your obligations are as a health professional and how protective legislation exists to encourage minimising the public health risks. Read more...

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
16 November 2010

Thoracic News

World COPD day aims to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  It will take place on November 17 around the theme "2010 - The Year of the Lung: Measure your lung health - ask your doctor about a simple breathing test called spirometry."

We ask GPs therefore “Is your medical practice screening all ‘at risk’ patients?” read more...

World COPD Day  17 November 2010

Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Ronaldo Poster World Spirometry DayTo help support this global campaign for the prevention of respiratory diseases, Thoracic and Sleep Group offered free Lung Function testing within the Wesley Hospital on Thursday, 14th October.

Approximately 70 people had their lung health checked, with approximately 25% of those requiring further testing.  We were pleased as a group that we were able to alert people of their potentially damaged lungs and steer them on the pathway of treatment.  Read more...

The Thoracic and Sleep Group QLD (TSGQ), were pleased to be involved with this year’s Wesley Hospital Clinical Week. Our team of medical specialists, scientists, nursing staff assisted our Marketing Manager in our first year as a sponsor. This was in addition to two medical presentations from our Thoracic and Sleep Physicians. Photos and presentations from this event are also available.  Read more...

TSGQ Staff and attending doctors of the Wesley Clinical Weekend supported the global awareness campaign for Pulmonary Hypertension, ‘Pucker Up for PH’.  This initiative to globally raise awareness of PH by aiming to break the world record for the most lip prints collected.  The aim is 40,000 and we were proud to contribute 20 lip prints to this cause.  Read more...

For more information on PAH, go to

Ask A Scientist

Lucy Keeling CRFS
Respiratory Scientist
The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory


Q: What is involved in doing a complex lung function test?

A: A complex lung function test takes your patient 30 minutes to complete but provides the physician with the valuable information regarding their lung health, particularly when assessing patients with airways disease with and without parenchymal involvement.. read more...

The Ask A Thoracic and Sleep Group Scientist Blog is now 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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