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Issue 22: September 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

Tasmania considers ban on cigarettes

The ban would be for people born after the year 2000 and is an effort to cut down on the number of people taking up the habit. read more

Sleep debt has a very real cost

Brisbane’s 4KQ radio station is currently promoting the importance of sleep and encouraging listeners to get the right amount of sleep per night. read more

The misuse of Qualaquin could have complications.

The manufacturer of the malaria drug Qualaquin (Quinine), warns that misuse of the drug could result in serious or life-threatening hematologic complications. read more

Dogs and cats are good for your baby

Babies who have regular contact with dogs or cats during their first year of life are found to have fewer respiratory problems and a better health status than those with no pet contact read more

Previous Articles

August 2012 edition
June/July 2012 edition
May 2012 edition

Dear Doctors,

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

    • Post operative complications in patients with OSA
      What risks does having OSA pose to those recovering from surgery?
    • The impact of sleep disorders on PTSD
      PTSD is unlike other mental disorders when it comes to sleep
    • Trans-oral robotic surgery
      Using robotic surgery to improve patient outcomes
    • Nasal APAP and associated obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms
      What can APAP help to control?
    • Pollution and respiratory health
      How does pollution affect the world's health?

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

Post operative complications in patients with OSA
Since the mid-1990’s the medical literature has reflected a growing awareness of the risks of post-operative pain medica¬tions in a patient with sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea can by itself, produce nocturnal hypoxemia, but the dangers are greatly increased when the patient is sedated by pain medications. Read more...

The impact of sleep disorders on PTSD
In mental health care, disturbed sleep generally receives no specific monitoring, diagnosis or treatment. Instead, sleep disturbances are typically viewed as a secondary symptom of the psychiatric disorder; treating the mental health condition should resolve the sleep disturbances. However, in the case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) this has been established to be incorrect. Read more...

Trans-oral robotic surgery
Head and neck surgical science has developed dramatically during the past 20 years, with a major focus on organ preservation surgery. Among these organ preserving surgeries are the selective neck dissections, supracricoid partial laryngectomies, transoral laser surgeries, and now, transoral robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci surgical system. Read more...

Nasal APAP and associated obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA is the most prevalent sleep disorder affecting 5-15% of the population. It is characterised by periods of functional obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, resulting in decreases in arterial oxygen saturation and transient arousals. OSA is generally treated by CPAP. A recent study carried out by Cruz, Drummond and Winck, studied the correlation and effectiveness of therapy, Automatic positive airway pressure in particular, on the symptoms of OSA. Read more...

Thoracic Medicine News

Pollution and respiratory health
The World Health Organization states that 2.4 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution, with 1.5 million of these deaths attributable to indoor air pollution. Epidemiological studies have consistently shown an association between particulate air pollution and not only exacerbations of illness in people with respiratory disease, but also rises in the numbers of deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease among older people. Read more...

Thoracic & Sleep Group News

The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Unit (WHSDU), part of TSGQ, are out and about this month seeing doctors and specialists throughout Brisbane and Ipswich. Of special note, the WHSDU now offer home based sleep services for uninsured patients. This is an exciting addition to the inpatient services we have available and ready for you to refer right now! New referral pads are on their way but in the mean time just write home based sleep study on your existing referral pads.

If you want more information about the services that are on offer for Brisbane, Ipswich and both coasts, feel free to contact us on 3870 1120 to ask any questions you have or even arrange for some of our scientists to visit your site and go through them in person over lunch.

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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