Respiratory Medicine

The Department of Respiratory Medicine provides the full range of respiratory services for inpatient and outpatient care.

The unit comprises 28 beds and provides a bronchoscopy service with imaging facilities and a HDU (High Dependency Unit) for the management of patients with respiratory failure requiring non-invasive assisted ventilation (e.g. Bi-PAP and CPAP).

Procedures undertaken within the Department include bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, laser photocoagulation, airway stent insertion and indwelling pleural catheter placement.

The Department provides an outpatient service for patients with severe chronic respiratory disorders including COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), asbestos and occupational lung diseases, lung cancer, pleural diseases, severe asthma, interstitial lung disease and the state adult cystic fibrosis service.

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre is the state centre which has been providing a multidisciplinary team approach to management of patients with cystic fibrosis since 1978.  The Centre has an ‘Open Door’ policy which allows for easy access for and early intervention.

The Department also provides an outpatient clinic service covering the full range of respiratory diseases. There is an on-call registrar and consultant contactable after hours through the hospital switchboard on (08) 6457 3333.

Outpatient Referrals

Routine referrals should be sent to the Central Referral Service.

Urgent referrals should be discussed with the appropriate Physician or Registrar and arrangements will be made to accommodate emergencies.

If possible, a named referral to the preferred consultant and sub-specialty clinic of choice would help to facilitate the appointment.

Specialty Clinics


Prof Fraser Brims Asbestos and Occupational Lung Disease / General Respiratory
Dr John Blakey Airways Disease and General Respiratory
Dr Weng Chin Pulmonary Hypertension / Lung Transplant / Advanced Lung Disease
Dr Chris Kosky Pulmonary Physiology and General Respiratory
Dr Fiona Lake Interstitial Lung Disease / General Respiratory
Prof Gary Lee Pleural Disease
Dr Siobhain Mulrennan Cystic Fibrosis / General Respiratory
Dr Anna Tai Cystic Fibrosis / General Respiratory
Dr Rajesh Thomas Lung Cancer / Interventional Pulmonology / General Respiratory
Prof Philip Thompson Complex Asthma and Severe Airways Disease / General Respiratory

Head of Department
Prof Fraser Brims
Tel: (08) 6457 3251
Fax: (08) 6457 3606

Secretary
Paula Gilet
Tel: (08) 6457 3251
Fax: (08) 6457 3606

Admin Officer
Louise Hempsell
Tel: (08) 6457 1879
Fax: (08) 6457 1555

Outpatient Clinics
Catherine O’Brien, Tara Simpson
Tel: (08) 6457 1756
Fax: (08) 6457 1555

Nurse Practitioner/Cystic Fibrosis
Sue Morey
Tel: (08) 6457 2318
Fax: (08) 6457 1555

Ward G54
Tel: (08) 6457 1654

Research Co-ordinator
Cathy Read
Tel: (08) 6457 1753
Katrina Fyfe
Tel: (08) 6457 3353

Patient Advice
Asthma Educator

Sara Coleman
Tel: (08) 6457 1194

Last Updated: 23/09/2019