Respiratory West is a specialty practice in Perth established and run by experienced consultant respiratory physicians. These doctors are committed to providing the best possible support for general practitioners and care for patients suffering from all aspects of respiratory disorders.
This website contains information on our doctors, the services that are available and how to make an appointment. We have also included useful information on some common conditions that we treat. If you think you need to see one of our doctors, please discuss it with your general practitioner, or other doctor who will advise you on whether you need to use our services.
All our doctors are available for general consultations in their field of respiratory medicine, however each clinician also has special interests.
Dr Gabbay graduated from University of Western Australia Medical School in 1987 and undertook specialist training in Respiratory Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital. He undertook subspecialty training at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, Stanford University Palo Alto and the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne before returning to Perth to set up WA’s first advanced lung and pulmonary vascular disease program. In 2004, he became the inaugural medical director of the WA Lung Transplant Program.
He is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at The University of Notre Dame (Australia) Medical School and at The University of Western Australia Medical School and is Chair of the Research Executive at UND. Dr Gabbay is a current co-chair of the Industrial Disease Medical Panel for WorkCover and is a WorkCover Accredited Medical Specialist in Respiratory Disease. He has appeared as an expert witness on numerous occasions for the Coroner’s Court and District Court in Western Australia.
Dr Gabbay has been in private practice as a Respiratory Physician since 1999. Dr Gabbay is interested in all aspects of respiratory medicine (from age 15y.o upwards) and has a special interest in the assessment and management of breathlessness, interstitial lung disease, occupational lung disease and especially asbestos related disease, lung cancer, asthma, COPD, pulmonary hypertension and lung transplantation.
Justin Waring graduated from the University of Western Australia Medical School in 1990, and was granted Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College Physicians (FRACP) in 1998. He did his postgraduate training principally at Royal Perth Hospital, specialising in Thoracic Medicine. In 2000 he worked in London in a NHS Hospital Respiratory Unit where he acquired skills in Tuberculosis Medicine as well as general respiratory medicine. From January 2001 he has worked as a consultant physician in the Respiratory Medicine Department at Royal Perth Hospital and as the Medical Director of the Western Australian Tuberculosis Control Program. He established a private practice in Respiratory Medicine in 1999, and through this practises general respiratory medicine with specialist expertise in pulmonary infectious diseases.
Dr Smith graduated from the University of Western Australia and then trained locally at Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Respiratory Medicine. She subsequently completed subspecialty training in Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary Physiology at the Western Australian Sleep Disorder Research Institute. There her research included investigating motor neurone disease and non-invasive ventilation. As a consultant, she currently works at both Royal Perth Hospital and St John of God Subiaco, providing inpatient and outpatient services in both Respiratory and Sleep specialties.
She joined Respiratory West in 2017 and is interested in all aspects of adult respiratory medicine (age 15 and up) including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, bronchiectasis, lung cancer, sleep disordered breathing (commonly obstructive sleep apnoea), and insomnia.
As this is a specialist medical practice, patients are required to discuss their illness with their general practitioner or other referring practitioner who will determine if a referral to one of the doctors at Respiratory West is required.
You can contact us at the consulting rooms which are staffed from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday (except public holidays),9.00am to 4.30pm on Friday. You can also contact us by email. We aim to respond to your query before the end of the next working day.
Please note, our doctors are not able to offer email consultations.
Fees are set up by the individual doctors and they depend on the service being provided. If you have any queries regarding the fees please contact our reception staff who will be happy to run through the fees with you.
Full payment of fees is required at the time of consultation. Payment methods include cash, cheque, eftpos or credit card (Mastercard and Visa only). You may be entitled to a rebate from Medicare following payment of your account, which can be claimed immediately at our reception.
If you are unable to afford the costs of seeing our doctors, please ask your doctor to refer you to the respiratory service at your local hospital. These are teaching hospitals where our doctors visit occasionally however there is no guarantee that you will be seen by a Respiratory West doctor.
On the day of your appointment bring any current and old x-rays and a list of your current medications. If you are taking any inhalers, also bring them with you.
You will need to bring a current referral letter, unless one has already been sent to our office. Referrals are the responsibility of the patient, therefore it is up to you to ensure your referral is current and valid. It is a Medicare requirement that you have a valid referral to ensure you receive your entitled rebate. If you do not have a current referral your Medicare rebate will be drastically reduced.
If you are having lung function testing we ask that you avoid having your reliever (Ventolin, Asmol) for 6 hours prior and your long acting reliever (Oxis, Serevent, Seretide, Symbicort) for 12 hours prior. You should continue with all other medications.
If you cannot attend an appointment you need to notify us at least 24 hours before. This enables us to provide an appointment to another patient. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance or do not attend your scheduled appointment, a $110.00 cancellation fee will apply. This fee is not refunded by Medicare.
Phone: 08 9442 3900
Fax: 08 9382 8946
Suite 1/178 Cambridge St
PO Box 1382, West Leederville, 6901
To enquire about making an appointment contact our reception on 9442 3900.
Please be aware that to make a new appointment you will need a referral from your GP or another specialist.
You can fax your referral to us on 9382 8946.
You can also email us with your enquiry.