A nurse checks on a patient in the cancer ward

Departments

Services

Current major activities within the department include:

  • The Respiratory Laboratory provides a comprehensive diagnostic investigation laboratory for assessment of respiratory function.
  • The Sleep Laboratory was established in the early 1980s as the first operational Sleep Laboratory in Victoria and has developed into one of the largest and most comprehensive services in Australia.
  • The Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS)  is a state-wide service for commencement and provision of specialist care for people in the community who need long-term mechanical ventilation.
  • Specialist Outpatient Clinics provide community access to respiratory & thoracic services for all respiratory, allergy and sleep related disorders.
  • In association with the Austin Health Physiotherapy Department, a structured Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is available.
  • A Bronchoscopy Service performing endoscopic investigations for a range of pulmonary diseases, including lung cancer.
  • A specialised Inpatient care facility including Respiratory High Dependency and Ventilator Weaning Units.
  • The Smoking Cessation Clinic offers courses and advice for Austin Health patients and staff.
  • The CPAP Clinic provides long-term support for patients using this form of treatment.
  • Extension of specialist care into the home and community via our innovative Chronic Disease Management Program.
  • A Domiciliary Oxygen Clinic that provides and manages supplemental oxygen requirements in the home setting.
  • A long-term commitment to research in respiratory and sleep disorders, coordinated by the Institute for Breathing and Sleep (IBAS).