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Queensland Sleep has over 20 years dedicated experience in Sleep Medicine.

Queensland Sleep offers the following sleep investigations:

  • Diagnostic Sleep Investigation
  • Nasal CPAP Titration/Re-titration
  • Oral Dental Appliance Investigation
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation Titration
  • Provent Treatment Investigation
  • REM Behaviour Disorder Investgation (diagnostic with added Arm EMG)
  • Diagnostic with Trans-cutaneous CO2 Monitoring (assessment of respiratory failure, obesity hypoventilation, neuromuscular disorders etc.)
  • Vigilance Tests

MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test)**
MWT (Maintenance of Wakefulness Test)**

*Specialist referral required (Respiratory/Sleep preferred. Cardiology, General or Neurology may be accepted).

**Sleep physician referral required

Sleep Physician consultations to assess and manage all patients (particularly complex cases and commercial license holders) can also be arranged by sending a referral to Queensland Sleep (Fax 3217 2523).

The Queensland Sleep Service Provides:

  • Access to Sleep Investigation Reports & Sleep Physician’s Recommendations via Medical Objects/Fax/Mail.
  • Notification of Sleep Study Booking Date & Location
  • Comprehensive Patient Treatment history
  • Clinician correspondence
  • Treatment progress reports

Sleep Study Referral

Sleep Study Referral

Adult and Paediatric Assessment Referral forms

Referral guide

After receiving the referral, it will be reviewed by a Sleep Physician. Our bookings staff will then contact the patient to book them in. The referring doctor will be notified via letter of the details of studies booked including location. If you would like a sleep physician to manage the patient, simply select Sleep Physician Consultation on the referral form or indicate sleep physician management required in the referral letter. Detailed management recommendations are on all sleep reports for the referring doctor to manage the patient if appropriate. Complex cases, paediatric referrals and commercial drivers will require Sleep Physician management, and referral for consultation is required.

Diagnostic and CPAP studies can be requested on the same referral (if appropriate), and our sleep physicians will ensure that a CPAP study is performed only if clinically indicated.

Feedback

Queensland Sleep encourages feedback from our referring doctors to help us improve on our standards of service.

If your feedback is specific to our management of your patient, please email us on feedback@qsdu.com.au or you may contact us directly on (07) 3846 7955.

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Sleep Physician Consultation Locations

Dr Simon Bowler
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Suite 22, Level 6, Mater Medical Centre, 293 Vulture Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Dr Graham Simpson
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Flecker House, 5 Upward St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Dr Wayne Kelly
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Brisbane Private Hospital, 259 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane QLD 4000

Dr John Binder
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
53 Fulham Rd Pimlico QLD 4812

Dr Stephen Vincent
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
3-5 Upward St Cairns City, QLD 4870

Dr Zoe Scounos
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital Medical Centre, 627 Rode Road, Chermside, QLD 4032

Dr Michael Fanning
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Suite 22, Level 6, Mater Medical Centre, 293 Vulture Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Dr Geoff Eather
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Mater Health Centre Redlands, Specialist Suites, Suite 4, 16 Weippin Street Cleveland, QLD 4163
&
Denham Street Specialist Rooms, 142 Denham Street, Rockhampton, QLD 4700

Dr Andrew Rosenstengel
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital Medical Centre, 627 Rode Road, Chermside, QLD 4032

Dr Steven Leong
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital Medical Centre, 627 Rode Road, Chermside, QLD 4032
&
Bundaberg Specialist Centre, 102 Woondooma Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

Dr Lucy Burr, Dr Katherine Semple & Dr Veenu Mubaraak
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
C/O Queensland Sleep, Mater Medical Centre, 293 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

Dr Joe Churton
Specialty: Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
St Vincents Private Hospital, Level 1, 20 Dalley St, Lismore, NSW 2480

Dr Scott Burgess & Dr Sadasivam Suresh
Speciality: Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Queensland Children’s Lung and Sleep Specialists, 639 Stanley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia

Assessing Fitness to Drive

Studies have shown an increased rate of motor vehicle accidents of between a 2 and 7 times that of control subjects, in people suffering from sleep apnoea. Studies have also shown increased objectively measured sleepiness while driving (EEG and eye closure measurements) and impaired driving simulator performance in patients with confirmed sleep apnoea. Drivers with severe sleep disordered breathing may have a higher rate of crashes than those with less severe sleep disordered breathing.

Impact of treatment on Crash Risk

Treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea with CPAP has been shown to reduce excessive daytime sleepiness and reduce the risk of crashes to the same levels as controls.

Assessing Fitness to Drive

Guidelines to assist health professionals in determining a person’s fitness to drive are available on the AUSTROADS website.

The complete current guide on assessing fitness to drive is available for free download or hard copy purchase on the following link: Guide On Assessing Fitness To Drive

More

Section 8 of Part B outlines all of the guidelines specifically related to sleep disorders (pages 105 – 109). The effects of multiple medical conditions and previous driving history must also be taken into account.

Additional clinical management advice may be obtained by emailing specific questions to our Accredited Sleep Physician on clinical@qsdu.com.au

Private Drivers
The treating doctor is responsible for assessing fitness to drive for patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (a sleep specialist review is recommended, but not essential). A sleep specialist is required to assess fitness to drive if the patient suffers from narcolepsy. A sleep specialist review is recommended wherever there is some uncertainty.

Commercial Drivers
A sleep specialist is required to assess fitness to drive (annually in cases of severe OSA) to ensure continued efficacy of treatment measures for all sleep disorders.

Conditions affecting driving risk
Obstructive sleep apnoea is not the only sleep disorder affecting crash risk. Complex sleep disordered breathing will also have an effect on daytime sleepiness and can increase crash risk.

This can include central sleep apnoea (associated with cardiac failure, neurological conditions or idiopathic), nocturnal hypoventilation associated with chronic respiratory conditions, obesity or neuromuscular disorders.

Narcolepsy is characterised by uncontrollable urge to sleep and significant daytime sleepiness and these patients should be regularly assessed by a sleep specialist.

Periodic limb movement syndrome and circadian rhythm disturbances will also affect daytime sleepiness and driving risk.

Identifying High Crash Risk Drivers
Until the sleep disorder is investigated, treated effectively and license status determined, people should be advised to avoid or limit driving if they are sleepy, and not to drive in the case of commercial drivers. High risk people include:

  • those who experience moderate to severe excessive daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Score of 16 to 24).
  • those with a history of frequent self-reported sleepiness when driving
  • those who have had a motor vehicle crash caused by sleepiness or inattention

A sleep specialist is recommended to assess fitness to drive in high crash risk drivers (not mandatory for private drivers).