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About the Respiratory Network

The Respiratory Network supports the provision of evidence based  care for patients with respiratory conditions and sleep disorders across all health settings and aims to improve equity of access to, and patient outcomes for respiratory and sleep medicine services across NSW.

Our People

Jimmy Chien

Jimmy Chien, Medical Co-Chair
Respiratory and Sleep Physician
Department of Respiratory Medicine
Westmead Hospital

Sheree Smith

Sheree Smith, Non-Medical Co-Chair
Professor of Nursing
University Western Sydney /
Imperial College London

The ACI Respiratory Network brings together consumers, clinicians, managers and researchers with an interest in improving access to , and patient outcomes for respiratory and sleep services across NSW.

The Respiratory Network is led by an Executive Committee which provides strategic direction and oversees our priority network led initiatives which are undertaken by dedicated working groups.

The ACI Respiratory Network works in collaboration with NSW Health Pillars and external organisations on specific initiatives: Clinical Excellence Commission (Sepsis), Bureau of Health Information (Unwarranted Clinical Variation), Lung Foundation Australia (COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Online Training), Cystic Fibrosis NSW (Cystic Fibrosis Model of Care), Cancer Institute NSW (Lung Cancer), and Activity Based Funding Taskforce (Admitted and Non Admitted Patient Activity).

The Respiratory Network has over 100 consumers, clinicians and managers currently involved in specific working groups and over 200 clinicians who regularly participate in our ongoing virtual education sessions.


The ACI Respiratory Network is building on the work of the previous Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce’s Respiratory Network and the Respiratory Chronic Care Advisory Group. The network is the principal source of advice to NSW Health on clinical care and the delivery of high quality respiratory and sleep services in NSW.