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This page contains information for general practitioners on how to refer patients aged 16 years and over to Respiratory services at Mater Hospital Brisbane. These services are offered in our specialist outpatient clinics and for eligible patients aged between 16 to 25 years at Mater Young Adult Health Centre Brisbane.

Scope of Service

This service includes referrals for:

  • General adult respiratory (COPD/Chronic cough)
  • Young adult respiratory (16-25years)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Difficult asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchoscopy/Endobronchial ultrasound

Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and:

For chronic cough: See Pre-Referral Guidelines at the end of this page

For recurrent chest infections: Sputum cultures for routine and mycobacterial organisms

Mater Adult Referral Form

Referrals can be sent by:

Secure messaging  Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8
  HealthLink EDI:    materref   
Fax    07 3163 8548





Referral Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority

Examples only (not a complete list of referrals accepted). 

This should be used as a general guideline only – categorisation will be based on the individual referral.


-  Suspected lung cancer

-  Difficult asthma

-  Sleep apnoea (where patient is a commercial driver)

-  Haemoptysis 

-  Bronchiectasis


-  Interstitial lung disease

-  Chronic Cough

-  Sleep apnoea

Mater endeavours to see all priority patients within 30 days from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all semi urgent patients within 3 months from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all routine referrals within 12 months from GP referral


Our Specialists

Dr Simon Bowler Director of Medicine/Respiratory and sleep specialist
Dr Lucy Burr Director of Cystic fibrosis service/respiratory and sleep specialist
Dr Katherine Semple

Respiratory and sleep specialist

Dr Michael Fanning

Respiratory and sleep specialist

Dr Sadasivam Suresh  Adolescent Respiratory and sleep specialist


Bulk Billed Clinics

Mater Health Services offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed specialist clinic, please provide a named referral to one of our specialists listed above.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss a referral, including clinical criteria, or update the status of a current patient please contact our priority GP phone line on 07 3163 2200 


Pre-Referral Guidelines

Chronic Cough

The following guideline is intended for consideration by the treating GP. 

It is subject to the assessment of the patient’s clinical circumstances and in no way is intended to replace the clinical assessment and judgment of the GP.

Suggested workup
  • CXR
  • Spirometry
  • Please see recommended pre-referral treatment below.
Recommended pre-referral treatment

Lifestyle Changes:  

Smoking cessation

Medical Management:

Please ensure occult sino nasal disease, unresolved infectious bronchitis, and acid reflux have been considered and treated appropriately.  ACE inhibitors should be ceased and an alternate medication substituted (e.g. angiotensin 2 receptor antagonists).

1. Four (4) week trial of PPI (for occult reflux);

2. If unsuccessful, commence a six (6) week trial of intra nasal steroid (for occult sino nasal disease);

3. If unsuccessful, commence a four (4) week trial of inhaled steroids (for occult asthma);

4. If unsuccessful, complete CT chest scan (including high resolution images) and refer to specialist.

When to refer

Red flags: Urgent Referral Required - Sinister radiographic abnormalities; sinister systemic symptoms (weight loss, etc.)

What to include
  • CT chest scan (including high resolution images)
Useful links

Content reviewed 23/12/15


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