IBAS aims to promote and provide education within respiratory and sleep health.
General Practitioner (GP) and other Health Professional Education
IBAS is involved in sleep and respiratory education for General Practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals.
Respiratory and Sleep Health in Indigenous Australians
Professor Robert Pierce was the major driver of a report reviewing the burden of respiratory and sleep symptoms in Indigenous people and scoping the relevant health-care outcomes and interventions in order to make recommendations to substantially improve respiratory health of Indigenous Australians in the future.
The report, auspiced by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Sleep Association and the Australian Lung Foundation, was published in early 2010. It makes for compelling reading about the current inequities and recommendations towards overcoming these.
The report is available from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand website.
Healthy Breathing and Heart
This project aimed to solve the common and serious problem of miscommunication between English speaking health professionals and non-English speaking Aboriginal patients. A team of bilingual bicultural Yolŋu (northeast Arnhemland Aboriginal) interpreters came together with Charles Darwin University researchers to plan and develop a digital multimedia resource for use in Aboriginal patient education and medical interpreting around hearts and lungs.
The Healthy Breathing and Heart Project originated with a workshop in late 2007 at Charles Darwin University when Prof Robert Pierce from the Institute for Breathing and Sleep met with a group of Yolnu interpreters. A DVD explaining the workings of the heart and lungs in the Yolŋu langauge has been produced and distributed. Further information is available from Charles Darwin University's Healthy Breathing and Heart website (scroll down after clicking 'more').
In order to further develop education, IBAS allocates funds for internal projects in these areas.
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a chronic lung condition that causes stiff lungs and restricts sufferers from taking a deep breath. Exercise in a gym, such as walking or riding a bike, can help make...
Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing is abnormal during sleep. There are two main forms of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. For obstructive sleep apnea, breathing is reduced because the airway...
Melbourne researchers have found that 80 percent of people with quadriplegic spinal injuries have sleep apnoea. It's having a big effect on their lives but they don't know they have it, and they don't know it can be treated.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) have released the results of what is hailed as a world-first study into heavy vehicle driver fatigue.
AAMRI released its election statement calling on politicians to commit to three main priorities: ensuring the MRFF reaches $20 billion by 2020-21, provide continued strong support for the NHMRC, and develop sustainable and rewarding career pathways.
IBAS Director Anna Burke had barely got into the swing of her speech at the unveiling of her portrait at Canberra's Parliament House when the ringing of bells caused half her audience to hurry away.