The Australian Central Over-Reading Centre (CORC) specialises in training and supporting operators to become certified to perform multiple breath washout (MBW) and oscillometry testing.

The Australian CORC also provides over-reading services for data collected during clinical trials and investigator-led studies. The Australian CORC is based at the Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) in Brisbane, Australia. 

Multiple Breath Washout (MBW) Certification and training

The Multiple Breath Nitrogen Washout test has been identified as a promising modality for evaluating the efficacy of new treatments for several important paediatric and aduolt obstructive lung diseases. The Australian CORC network was formed to facilitate successful implementation of MBW into clinical trial and investigator-led studies across multiple sites nationally and internationally as part of an international CORC network in collaboration with SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Canada and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, England. Collectively these three centres cover the geographic regions of Australia/New Zealand, North America and Europe, respectively.

The Australian CORC network provides a platform for MBW training according to a standardised MBW testing protocol and qualification program using the Exhalyzer® D MBW device. We provide hands-on in-person training and/or virtual training (depending on the needs of the study), operator qualification and support for new operators through 1:1 help sessions.

Please contact the Australian CORC for any questions regarding these MBW-based services via the email below: 

mbwcentre@uq.edu.au 

Oscillometry Certification and training

The oscillometry test has been identified as a promising modality for evaluating individual’s airway function and found to be more sensitive than spirometry in the detection of peripheral airway diseases. As it is a relaxed, tidal breathing-based manoeuvre it can be greatly utilised in those where spiriometry is more challenging to perform i.e., children, the elderly and those with neuromuscular weaknesses.

The Australian CORC network was formed to facilitate successful implementation of oscillometry into clinical trial and investigator-led studies across multiple sites nationally and internationally.

The Australian CORC network provides a platform for oscillometry training according to a standard oscillometry testing protocol and qualification program using the tremoflo® C2 and C100 devices. We provide hands-on in-person training or virtual training, operator qualification and support for new operators through 1:1 help sessions. We also provide central over-reading services for data collected within studies, tailored to the needs of the study. 

Please contact the Australian CORC for any questions regarding these oscillometry-based services via the email below:  

oscillometrycentre@uq.edu.au 

  • Professor Paul Robinson

    Conjoint Professor in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
    Child Health Research Centre
  • Dr Tamara Blake

    Research Fellow (Respiratory Physiology) & Respiratory Scientist
    Child Health Research Centre
  • Miss Kathleena Condon

    Casual Research Assistant & Senior Clinical Research Assistant & Casual Clinical Research Assistant
    Child Health Research Centre