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Issue: June 2014
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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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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
lung@tsgq.com.au
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The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit
(07) 3876 9033
reception@jfeenstra.com.au
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The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit 'Breathwise'
(07) 3232 7048
twh.physio@uchealth.com.au
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CPAP Equipment Sales & Rental Enquiries
(07) 3870 1120
cpap@tsgq.com.au

Specialist Physicians


Dr Andrew Scott
Ph: (07) 3876 8405
Fax: (07) 3870 3212
scott.reception@wesley.com.au



Dr John Feenstra
Ph: (07) 3876 9033
Fax: (07) 3871 3222
reception@jfeenstra.com.au

Find out more about other members of the TSGQ team.

In Other News

Think positively about sleep by all means, but you cant fool your body

Sleep – elusive, precious, restful sleep – is a topic close of many of our hearts. Such is the importance of this activity that sometimes people cling on to half-baked ideas about it with an unnatural fervour.  read more

Valerian use for Insomnia, what are the facts?

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is the common ingredient in products promoted as mild sedatives and sleep aids for nervous tension and insomnia. read more
 

The perfect Nap: Sleeping is a mix of art and science

Many people choose to nap during the day sometimes as a result of daytime fatigue and lethargy. However, what you might not realise is that depending on the duration, timing and “type” of nap you’re having, a nap can either be helpful or extremely detrimental to your sleep health and ability to function throughout the day. read more

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Dear Doctors,

Welcome to the latest edition of the TSGQ E-News letter! This month, you will find information on:

    • How can CPAP support impact a patients life?
      Importance needs to be placed in the follow up after being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  This article discusses the common issues that can be overlooked with ongoing CPAP therapy. A CPAP checklist has been included to help patients keep on track with yearly, monthly, weekly and daily tasks that are important in compliance and maintaining healthy sleep. 
     
    • Long-term effect of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnoea severity in obese patients  with type ii diabetes mellitus.
      Obesity is clearly recognised as a risk factor for the development of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  Weight loss in obese and overweight patients should be recommended as part of an effective OSA treatment plan.  
     
    • Fatigue management in the Defence Force
      The effects of fatigue are often deceptive, defence force members (DFM) may not realise or openly communicate performance deterioration related to fatigue. Numerous studies have focused on the impact of performance after sleep loss and continually find decreases in executive functioning, cognitive performance, reaction times, visual processing and performance consistency.
     
    • Hospital maternal deaths linked to sleep apnoea
      Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) increases the risk for poor pregnancy outcomes including, restricted growth of the foetus, preterm delivery and gestational diabetes.
     
    • Researchers discover molecule that could treat allergen-induced asthma
      The onset of asthma as a result of airborne allergens is one of the most common respiratory disorders. Researchers say that they have discovered a molecule to prevent symptoms caused by allergen-induced asthma.

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 editor@tsgq.com.au. - The Editor

Sleep Medicine News

How can CPAP support impact a patients life?
Importance needs to be placed in the follow up after being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Common issues that can be overlooked with ongoing CPAP therapy are as follows:
Regular CPAP pressure checks:
CPAP Pressure may need to be increased or decreased, depending on factors such as: read more



Long-term effect of weight loss on obstructive sleep apnoea severity in obese patients  with type ii diabetes mellitus.
Obesity is clearly recognised as a risk factor for the development of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  Weight loss in obese and overweight patients should be recommended as part of an effective OSA treatment plan.  In a recent edition of SLEEP, Kuna and colleagues sourced data through the Sleep AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial to examine the long-term effect of weight loss on OSA in obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).read more



Fatigue management in the Defence Force
In last month’s E-newsletter a review of sleep disturbances and defence force members was available. We will now follow up with some areas of interest of how fatigue is managed and reducing sleep debt. Working in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) requires the ability to maintain operating shifts for extended periods of time.  read more




Hospital maternal deaths linked to sleep apnoea
A recent trend in increasing rates of severe maternal morbidity and mortality despite quality improvements has been noted. A study published this month in SLEEP Journal has found pregnant women with obstructive sleep apnoea are more than 5 times as likely to die in hospital as those without the sleep disorder. 1 read more
 


Thoracic Medicine News

Researchers discover molecule that could treat allergen-induced asthma
The onset of asthma as a result of airborne allergens is one of the most common respiratory disorders. Researchers say that they have discovered a molecule to prevent symptoms caused by allergen-induced asthma. read more


Thoracic & Sleep Group News


Thoracic & Sleep Group Qld would like to introduce our newest members of staff, Yeshan Ekanayake and Daniel McDonald.

Yeshan joined our sleep scientist’s team early May after gaining a year experience in Mackay’s sleep industry. His background includes Bachelor Science, Graduate Diploma Sports Science and Post Graduate Certificate Sport Science which were undertaken in his home country of New Zealand. During this time Yeshan studied the effects of caffeine on performance of playing Squash due to his interest in fatigue and management, and being an avid squash player himself. This interest in fatigue and its effects on the human body naturally transferred into the field of sleep.

Daniel most recently took on the position of respiratory scientist in our Wesley Lung Function Laboratory. After completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at The University of Queensland, Daniel trained at the Royal Brisbane Hospital for clinical testing in respiratory. His interest in respiratory science stemmed from suffering mild asthma as a child which restricted his performance in playing sports.


Home Based Sleep Studies

The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre offers uninsured patients a Home Based Sleep Study that is bulk billed!
Please contact our office to have a referral pad sent out or download a referral here.

Phone:   (07) 3870 1120
Fax:       (07) 3870 0233
Email:     admin@tsgq.com.au

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory


SAME DAY APPOINTMENT,
SAME DAY REPORTING

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

GUARANTEED SAME DAY REPORTING!

Phone:   (07) 3870 0858
Fax:       (07) 3870 2608
Email:    lung@tsgq.com.au

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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