North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1102: February 10, 2011
eNews is a weekly electronic newsletter sent to all GP practices (with email addresses) within the NEV catchment. The aim is to provide up to date information relevant to GPs and to disseminate the latest activities and resources from the division. All feedback and enquiries welcome and should be addressed to Patty Marshall. You can also visit our website at:
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In this issue:

Editorial                                                Last week’s eNews  

Aged Care                                             Common drug interactions seen in Aged Care Homes, Drug Choice Companion   

Chronic Disease Management            Community Asthma Program           

Professional Development                 RACGP QI&CPD for 2011-2013 Triennium, CPD events      

HMR                                                      Common Drug Interactions, Australian Medicines Handbook 2011

Immunisation                                       New Vaccine Website, Influenza Surveillance Program      

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Patients with an injury, disability or health condition looking for work, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Stoma Information Package for GPs Myositis, Maurice Blackburn Newsletter, GP Network News, BECC inpatient waiting times

News for Practice Staff                       Lifestyle Modification Program Information Session, Wound Management Course, Nurses Survey         

NPS                                                       Reminder - QPI/PIP & NPS Audit Update

Paediatrics                                           RCH on the move in 2011    

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Last week’s eNews

If you experienced problems with some of the links in last week’s eNews, an updated version can be found on the home page of the website under Latest News.


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Aged Care

Common drug interactions seen in Aged Care Homes

A short summary of common drug interactions, including vitamins, minerals and herbal medications - see here.


The Drug Choice Companion: Aged Care third edition

See under HMR - Australian Medicines Handbook 2011


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Chronic Disease Management

The Community Asthma Program (CAP) aims to:

·        Complement the care already provided by GPs to children with asthma and their families.

·        Improve the health outcomes for children with asthma and their families.

·        Reduce the numbers of children with asthma presenting to the Royal Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

·        Improve collaboration between GPs, the community and acute settings.

·        Develop a best practice education, support and collaborative program to enhance the knowledge of asthma management in the community

To refer: Contact the CAP liaison staff at RCH on 9345 5295 or referral forms can be faxed to 9345 6231


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Continuing Professional Development

RACGP QI&CPD for 2011-2013 Triennium

The education framework and minimum requirements for GPs for the new triennium will remain the same as for the previous triennium: a minimum of 130 points for the triennium including two Category 1 activities and a basic CPR course.

This ongoing evaluation and development of the program led to the change of name from quality assurance (QA) to quality improvement, in order to emphasise quality improvement activities as a means to improved patient health outcomes during the 2011-2013 triennium.

In addition, the new triennium incorporates a number of new features to streamline the QI&CPD process for participants. A new online notification system will make it easy for GP participants to have professional development activities recognised by the RACGP. Many GPs complete education activities as part of daily practice or participate in activities that are unaccredited with the QI&CPD program. It will now be easier to ensure that learning and development is recognised by using the GP online notification system to claim CPD, cutting out the need for paperwork. The new look website comes with a number of improvements, including a QI&CPD accredited activities calendar and updated online support tools available to users.


Term 1 GP Lecture Program

Meetings are held each Tuesday starting at 12.30 in the Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Pathology Building, Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health, West Heidelberg. Tea and Coffee provided. Allocated CPD: 2 points/hour.

Feb 15 - Schizophrenia and Substance Induced Psychosis - Dr Simon Croke

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Influenza, Pertussis & Immunisation update

Wednesday 9th March, 7-9pm (Dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Presented by Dr Peter Eizenberg for GPs and Practice nurses. Updates include: special update for Flu season 2011, Pertussis, & Herpes Zoster - vaccine developments. Application form.


Update from the experts… in Age-related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma & Diabetes and the eye

Tuesday 8th March, 6pm for 6.30pm start at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. Registration form


18th Australasian Council of Chinese Medical Associations National Conference

New Frontiers in Medicine – presented by the Australian Chinese Medical Association (Victoria)

11- 12 June at Park Hyatt, Melbourne. For further information, registration and program visit 


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Home Medicines Review

Are you up to date with common Drug Interactions?  

At a recent event Dr Jenny Gowan presented a short summary of common drug interactions, including vitamins, minerals and herbal medications. Common drugs implicated in serotonin syndrome were listed.  She has made this available as a resource in the Home Medicines Review section of the website


Australian Medicines Handbook 2011

The latest edition of this handbook is now available in hard copy, CD-ROM, Online, smartphones online and PDAs. An invaluable independent Australian resource which can be ordered online The Drug Choice Companion: Aged Care third edition is another must for practitioners working with older people and has just become available online also. Discounted prices for RACGP, ASCEPT, PSA members and students. Any questions about Medication issues or resources contact Jenny at or phone 9496 4333; Mobile 0417 506 944.


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New Vaccine Website

A new website,, has been launched to provide all Australians with simple, easy to understand information about vaccine-preventable diseases at the time of life when it is most relevant to them. The site, developed by vaccines manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is based on the Australian National Immunisation Handbook, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention website ( and is aligned to Australia’s National Immunisation Program. Further enhancements planned for the coming months include an iPhone, iPad and iPod app for travellers, Fit2Travel, and an SMS reminder facility to help parents remember when their child’s next immunisation visit is due.


Influenza Surveillance Program

The Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL), on behalf of the Victorian Government Department of Health, runs an Influenza Surveillance Program each year. The program monitors influenza like illness and laboratory-confirmed influenza in the community, and provides GPs with the opportunity to take diagnostic swabs to test for influenza and participate in an active surveillance program. By participating in the program, GPs are eligible to receive Clinical Audit points (Category 1 – 40 points over 2 years). Invitation.  Registration form. For further information on the program please visit our website.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Adding a website to the Custom Fields

At the bottom of the Medical Director patient screen are two buttons that link to websites. They are named Custom #1 and Custom #2. Clicking on them will direct you to the HCN website. You can change Custom #1 to the NEVDGP or any other website if you wish. From the Tools menu select Options. Under the General tab the bottom of the screen displays URL for custom 1 and 2 web buttons. In the space provided type in: (or another preferred website) and then click on Save. Once back in the patient screen click on Custom #1 and this should take you to the NEVDGP website, provided you are connected to the net.


This weeks IM problem - Printing BP results

Question: How do I print out BP readings which have been recorded form under the BP button. I can print it in a graph form but seem unable to print in data form.

Answer: There is no easy Print button to push as you can with the BP graph. However, it can be done in a slightly convoluted way.

  1. Open LetterWriter which should show a blank page.
  2. From the View menu select Data toolbar (or Control + D).
  3. In the Data toolbar click on the + sign next to Clinical details.
  4. Double click on Measurements and then select BP (sitting).
  5. The Date and the BP reading will be displayed – simply press the Print button.

If this is something you do regularly for patients it would be an idea to create a LetterWriter template (called “BP readings”) by using the above method when you use Modify template.


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Items of Interest

Do you have a patient with an injury, disability or health condition who is looking for work?

CRS Australia is an Australian Government agency specialising in assisting people with a range of health conditions, injuries and disability to return to the workforce. These conditions include: physical, intellectual, psychiatric & sensory.

CRS Australia helps by working with the person to: develop appropriate job goals, find an appropriate job, manage their health in conjunction with treating health professionals and other relevant partners in the community & safely re-enter the workforce by offering 6 months of follow-up support.

CRS Australia employs both allied health and employment professionals to deliver quality programs. Services are provided through government funded programs (for those on Centrelink benefits) and third party funded programs (for those on Workcover/Income Protection Insurance and TAC). CRS Australia's services also include Job Capacity Assessment and Injury Prevention. 

There are CRS Australia offices located across Melbourne including Bundoora, Preston, Box Hill, and Glenroy. To request a referral pad, make a referral or find out more, please phone your local office on 1800 277 277 or make an enquiry on the CRS Australia website – - under the ‘Refer someone to us’ tab.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy

The Federal Government has subsidised nicotine replacement therapy for smokers by placing it on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from the 1st of February 2011. In addition to this, from February 1st, Champix is available for an additional 12-weeks of subsidised therapy per year. That’s on top of the already available 12-weeks, taking the maximum subsidised course to 24-weeks per year. Patients will need to return to their doctor to get their second 12-week course of treatment.
You can find more information, including factsheets and Quitline referral forms on the website at, or phone Quit on (03) 9663 7777.


Stoma Information Package for GPs

A package for GPs has been produced by Stomal Therapists from Austin Health, Northern Health & Eastern Health.

This package contains information on:

Stomal Therapy Nurse contact details and services

Stoma types

Stoma appliances

Peristomal skin problems

Stomal complications with management options

Community support & Information

and can be found on the website.



The Myositis Association-Australia Inc is trying to raise awareness of Myositis to all GPs as they are the first person a prospective sufferer of Myositis approaches.  Myositis is a rare autoimmmune condition which affects both children and adults. It is often wrongly diagnosed, as it can mirror other conditions. 

Please see brochure or visit the website. The Myositis Association has just over 130 members and charges a $5 membership fee.


Maurice Blackburn Newsletter

Summer issue includes The Health Records Act & Legal fight over the breast cancer gene


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Council of General Practice Executive Policy Day; AMA Council of General Practice meeting; Health Practitioner Registration; International Medical Graduates; World Cancer Day – Cervical Screening; Celebrate the benefits of AMA Membership; Find the best I.T. deal and then beat it by up to 20% with PowerBuy.


BECC inpatient waiting times

Wednesday 9/2/2011 Gem 5-7 days, Rehab 8 days. For further information/assistance please contact: Access BECC office on 9495 3443


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News for Practice Staff

Lifestyle Modification Program Information Session

Practice Managers and Practice Nurses are cordially invited to attend an information session on the extension to the Lifestyle Modification Program (LMP) for the 40-49 year olds. This is a Commonwealth program aimed at targeting those 40 – 49 year olds who are at risk of developing diabetes and enrolling them in a 6 session diabetes prevention course. We wish to build on our division’s success and invite key practice managers and practice nurses to continue the recruitment process to this valuable program. An information night and gala dinner will be held on the evening of Wednesday February 23 at John Scott Meeting House. This session is only for those practices that are within the NEVDGP catchment. [Application form]


Wound Management Course

15 - 16 March at University College, The University of Melbourne, 40 College Crescent, Parkville. 14 CPD hours.

This course is designed for registered and enrolled nurses from any setting who wish to update and enhance their knowledge of wound management. Content for discussion includes pathophysiology of wound healing, principles of assessment and management, therapeutic wound products, ulcer care and first-line burns management. Effective management of wounds requires current knowledge and skills. This course challenges existing practices and applies the latest standards and best practices in wound management. Course fees: Two days: RN member $320.50; RN non member $377.00; EN (Div 2) member $263.50; EN non member $320.00.

For further information please contact: The College of Nursing, Student Services Centre on 02 9745 7500. Email: Application forms available at


Nurses Survey

You are invited to take part in a 10 minute survey which aims to ‘Identify Australian practice nurses’ palliative care capacity and professional development needs’.

This survey is being undertaken by a nursing honours student, Ms Megan Smith. The results will inform the development of the palliative approach on-line learning module for Australian Practice Nurses, which The University of Notre Dame Australia has been contracted to develop. So your input is highly valued.

This survey can be accessed on line via:

Thank you for your consideration and hope you will agree to participate in this research project. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact Jane Phillips on 0411 100 617 or


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National Prescribing Service

Reminder - QPI/PIP & NPS Audit Update

The current NPS QPI/PIP year will come to a close on 30 April 2011. Practices who participate in the NPS program with a view to receiving PIP payments, might wish to check the number of activities completed to date and plan those to be completed by end April, relative to Medicare’s expectations for the practice, to ensure the practise qualifies for a PIP payment.

Note 3 Clinical e-Audits are available at this time. The topics are PPIs (Review of proton pump inhibitor prescribing), Diabetes (Optimising management of type 2 diabetes) and Hypertension (Management of hypertension).  Online enrolment is available at:

Please contact Dr Mary Levidiotis for more information: or 9496 4333.


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RCH on the move in 2011

The RCH will be moving in November 2011 to a brand new building right next door to our current site in Parkville. For more information about the new RCH Project go to


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Positions vacant/wanted

Please note: only new ads or resubmitted ads will be posted here. All other ads can be found on the website


Positions vacant


Fairfield - Seeking FT/PT VR GP or Non VR GP to join our long established family Medical practice.  Friendly and Professional working environment, fully computerized, Excellent remuneration and support. Please contact Liz/Practice Manager on Mobile 0414 768 531.

Ivanhoe Medical Clinic - PT VR GP for 2-4 sessions/week - must include Thursday & Friday afternoons. Modern, large supportive group(10 GPs), FT nurses, computerised, CDMs, no A/Hs, friendly ,flexible, mixed billing. Good remuneration. Contact:- Dr. Stephen Smith or Dr. David Doig9499 1245.

Northcote – FT/PT VR GP or Subsequent Trainee GP position. Fully accredited, computerised, long established doctor owned practice in a new purpose built facility with a fabulous work environment. Ancillary Health , Pharmacy and Pathology  services on site. Inquiries Diane Cronin (Practice Manager) 9481 1214. Visit our website 

Thornbury - seeking a VR GP to replace "soon to retire" GP.  A long time established busy, accredited and computerised practice with a friendly and professional working environment, dedicated staff and excellent nurse support. For enquiries, please contact Dr Jenny Andrewes, Dr Danny Lipson or Rose - Practice Manager on 03 9484 2007 or email

Practice Staff

Montmorency Medical - Receptionist, permanent part time (initally 1 shift/week) in a busy medical clinic at Sherbourne Road Medical Clinic. Preference to someone with experience in Practice 2000, however training is provided. Ability to cover holiday and sick leave essential. Please contact Kay on 9435 1144 for further information or email resume to

Positions wanted

North East/Lower Plenty region - Medical receptionist/Admin Clerk seeking a permanent role. 15 hours per week Mon-Fri (daytime). Immediate start available.

Complete Business Cert III (Medical) I have extensive clerical and office experience. Please contact me via email Vicki at


Nurse Specialist Service - Care Plans and Health Assessments including all CDM allied health referrals and recalls professionally completed by a Nurse Specialist. Our prompt, confidential service can be conducted in the clinic using your preferred patient management program or as a home visit with documentation using standard Division templates. Small and large lists accepted. Enquiries to or call on 0448 681 048.


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An Honour for the Division

Please follow this link to see the latest division achievement.


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And remember


            … No matter where you go, there you are.