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Issue 20: July 2012
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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

Provent useful for some

A new therapy for OSA, Provent, is having some success.
read more

Treat before admit

Children suffering from moderate or severe asthma attacks are less likely to be admitted to hospital if they are treated within the first 75m. read more

2012 influenza

Between January to November 2011 Queensland comprised 43% of the total number of reported cases of influenza cases in Australia. read more

Sleep deprived nation

Researchers at Central Queensland University have conducted the largest Australian sleep census to explore the sleep habits of the nation.
read more

Previous Articles

Issue 19
Issue 18

Issue 17
Issue 16

Dear Doctors,

Welcome to the next edition of the TSGQ E-Newsletter! This month, you will find information on:

    • Sleep apnoea and athletes
      Sleep apnoea is associated with obesity - what about the other end of the fitness scale?
    • Stress Down Day
      Lifeline's stress awareness day - 27 July 2012
    • Suvorexant and its effects on insomnia
      A new kind of insomnia medication is in end stage clinical trials
    • The cardiovascular effects of OSA
      Identifying the effects OSA has on your heart
    • OSA and the link to pro-inflammatory markers
      Identifying markers for OSA
    • Injectable O2
      Breakthrough in emergency care

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

Sleep Medicine News

Sleep apnoea and athletes
It may come as a surprise that a 2003 study estimated that 14 percent of NFL players, including 34 percent of players at high risk for sleep-disordered breathing, have the condition. Furthermore, the risk of hypertension may actually be increased in some athletes and physically active individuals because of increased body mass. Read more...
Stress Down Day
Lifeline provides 24 hour support and suicide services to everyday Australians everyday.  Trained volunteer telephone crisis supporters answer over 450 thousand calls each year.  On Friday 27th of July, Lifeline is celebrating Stress Down Day. Read more...
Suvorexant and its effects on insomnia
Insomnia is a common symptom reported by up to 25% of Australians. Treatment in the past has often fallen to the use of hypnotics such as temazepam, zolpidem, and zaleplon, but the recently developed orexin receptor antagonist Suvorexant has shown promising results in end-stage clinical trials. Read more...
The cardiovascular effects of OSA
Sleep-related breathing disorders are highly prevalent in patients with established cardiovascular disease.  With OSA affecting an estimated 25% of Australian men and 10% of Australian women over the age of 30, it is present in a large proportion of patients with hypertension and with other cardiovascular disorders. Read more...
OSA and the link to pro-inflammatory markers
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is well established as being a contributor to various systemic disease states. Looking closer at diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety and gastric oesophageal reflux disorder, trends appear with pro-inflammatory biomarkers that are shared amongst all conditions. Read more...

Thoracic Medicine News

Injectable O2
Scientists from the Boston Children’s Hospital have developed an injectable foam suspension containing oxygen. Current animal experiments have shown a quick increase in arterial saturation to near-normal levels, followed by an oxygen tension decrease when the infusion is ceased. As a result they have been able to keep the animals alive without breathing for 15 minutes. This short-term oxygen substitute can be used for fifteen to thirty minutes, as the carrier fluid will saturate the vascular system if used for any longer. This has fantastic potential for emergency care. Read more...

Thoracic & Sleep Group News

Congratulations to two of our staff members with their new roles. Firstly is Doug, who moves from Toowoomba CPAP Educator to Sleep Scientist and OHS Officer. To fill this role, Tina leaves nights as a Sleep Technician and commences her postgraduate training as a Sleep Scientist and is also the new Toowoomba CPAP Educator. Best of luck to both of them!

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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