North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1103: February 17th, 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                                                Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial Patient Recruitment

Aged Care                                             Preventing Falls in Older People, Palliative Care Resources          

Chronic Disease Management            Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Tinnitus Counselling and Management Seminars, Guidebook for Primary Care Settings, Mandatory Reporting, GP Network News 

Mental Health                                      Carer Wellbeing Day Retreat           

News for Practice Staff                       Lifestyle Modification Program Information Session, NPS Practice Nurse Information, Orientation for nurses, Australian Health Survey 2011, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council – name change, Palliative Care Resources, Governance Toolkit       

Paediatrics                                           Paediatric Orthopaedics                  

Women’s Health                                  Menarche to Menopause ALM                                

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial Patient Recruitment

The Department of Medicine, Austin Health & Northern Health, at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, headed by Professor Joseph Proietto, conducts clinical drug trials in patients with type 2 diabetes. Clinical trials are of great importance in the development of new treatments and medications, and without patient volunteers, these new drugs would not enter the market.

We are seeking patients with type 2 diabetes who are having trouble maintaining optimum blood glucose levels. Patients must be over 18 years of age with an HbA1c > 6.5%, and be willing to enter a clinical trial and comply with its requirements. During the course of a trial your patient will regularly receive study-related medical care from endocrinologists, diabetes education and advice from dieticians and nutritionists. Upon a patient’s attendance at the screening appointment, the referring GP shall receive a recruitment fee of $200 (excl. GST) per patient. Patients will attend regular appointments at the Department of Medicine’s clinic at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Further Information  Patient Recruitment Fax Form


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Aged Care

Preventing Falls in Older People

Fall-related injuries are one of the leading causes of death and injury in older Australians. For older people (65 years and older) more than 80%of injury related hospital admissions are due to falls and fall related injuries ( cited by ACSQHC). Resources including fact sheets are available to assist GPs, carers and others in preventing falls in older people. The Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls in Older People: Australian Community Care is available from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Click here to access the guidebook.


Palliative Care Resources

See under News for Practice Staff


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Chronic Disease Management

Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial Patient Recruitment

Please see under the Editorial.


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Continuing Professional Development

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 22 - Jaundice - Assoc Prof Paul Gow.

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.


Monash/Alfred Integrative Medicine Education and Research (IMER) group 

First meeting 2 March 2011 - IMER are starting regular meeting groups to strengthen the interface between researchers and clinicians, medical practitioners/pharmacists etc and Complementary medicine practitioners and allow a forum to showcase local research and practice. The meetings will be held at the Alfred Hospital on the first Wednesday night of each month.  If you have relevant research to present or are aware of others who might want to present please tell us (research students are also welcome). Flyer.  


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Pathology request from takes a long time to open

This happens because MD also opens the address book to load the entries into the “Copy to… “ section, even though this may be rarely used. The greater the number of address books entries, the greater the wait. HCN in aware of this annoying “feature” and plans to fix it in the near future.

(Courtesy of Dr David Poland, Brindabella Family Practice, Queanbeyan)


This weeks IM problem - Printing BP results

Question: How do I print out BP readings which have been recorded form under the BP button. There is a Print button in the Graph view but not in the Data view.

Answer: If you print from the Graph view that also prints the data as well as the graph.

(Thanks to Dr Jenny Bourke for clarifying this issue).


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Items of Interest

Tinnitus Counselling and Management Seminars

The Tinnitus Association of Victoria provides a free telephone counselling service by experienced counsellors for tinnitus patients and their families. The Association also conducts bi-monthly two hour seminars providing people with the techniques, knowledge and understanding to successfully manage their tinnitus. The next seminar is Sunday 6th March. For enquiries phone 9755 2238 or register at


Guidebook for Primary Care Settings

This book provides clinicians with practical tools, resources and information that can be used to implement the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care in primary care settings. Click here for more information.


Mandatory Reporting

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has updated a resource sheet for the mandatory reporting of child abuse. The resource sheet examines legal provisions requiring specified people to report suspected child maltreatment to statutory child protection services in Australia. It is available from here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Health Funding Reform; GP Super Clinics; AMA Information Kit – Violence in medical practice; Red Tape; Please tell us what you think; Celebrate the benefits of AMA Membership; The AMA Platinum Edge Credit Card from American Express.


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Mental Health

Carer Wellbeing Day Retreat

If you are caring for someone who has a mental health issue and live in the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne you may be interested in a Carer Wellbeing Day Retreat. The Retreats are an opportunity to revitalise and re-energise, connect with other carers and learn new and creative approaches to self care and wellbeing. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea included together with transport from Merri Community Health Service in Preston to the Amberley, Lower Plenty and return. For more information and to RSVP call Gail on 9495 2540.


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News for Practice Staff

Lifestyle Modification Program Information Session

Practice Managers and Practice Nurses in the NEVDGP area are invited to an information session on the extension to the Lifestyle Modification Program (LMP) for the 40-49 year olds. 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]


NPS Practice Nurse Information

The National Prescribing Service now has a section on its website for practice nurses. Nurses will find general information, consumer information, case studies, and audit and review activities on the site. The information is comprehensive and complements the NPS GP program.

NPS also provides information to nurse practitioners (NP). To access services for ongoing professional development, authorised NPs should register on the NPS website.

Nurses working in aged care will also find useful information on the site including specific medicine information, case study activities, codes of practice, patient information and a comprehensive range of references.


Orientation for nurses

The March program Orientation for Nurses New to General Practice is fully booked and we are now taking enrolments for the 5 – 6th May program.

Flyer and Registration


Australian Health Survey 2011

In 2011-13 a representative sample of 50,000 Australians will be asked to complete the Australian Health Survey (AHS), the most comprehensive collection of health data ever undertaken in Australia and for the first time, AHS respondents will also be asked to provide voluntary blood and urine samples to allow testing for nutritional status and for early indicators of lifestyle-related disease, such as high cholesterol levels, and high or low blood glucose levels. This survey will gather an in-depth picture of the health of Australians and provide a rich source of information to help provide the right kind of services and develop ways of helping all Australians to be healthier.

Practice nurses may well be approached by patients requesting information and/or follow up from the pathology results forwarded to them. For further information regarding the health survey and the tests being performed please click here.


Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council – name change

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) has changed its name to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Landline telephone numbers have remained the same. Email and web addresses will soon reflect the name change to ANMAC.


Palliative Care Resources

Caresearch the palliative care knowledge network has created a Nurses Hub. This is a collection of information, tools and resources developed to form a ‘hub’ of knowledge. It includes a GP hub which provides information relevant to general practice. Caresearch is available here.


Governance Toolkit

With the formation of Primary Health Care Organisations (PHCOs) or Medicare Locals, the opportunity may arise for nurses to be involved in the governance of these organisations. If nurses would like to know more about governance and its role, the National Nursing Organisation’s Governance Toolkit is available free of charge to all nurses and can be accessed here.


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Paediatric Orthopaedics 

Tuesday 1st March 7-9pm (6:30pm for registration) at Ella Latham Theatre, 1st Floor, RCH. Presented by Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network in partnership with Melbourne General Practice Network, RCH Primary Care Liaison and Genesis ED. Registration form


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Women’s Health

Menarche to Menopause ALM

Menarche to Menopause: Health Advantages of Monitoring Fertility, an Active Learning Module is to be presented at the Novetel Hotel, Glen Waverley on Saturday 26th March, 2011 from 9.15am – 4.30pm  by the Ovulation Method Research and Reference Centre for Australia Ltd. This is an ideal opportunity to update your knowledge on the signs and symptoms of fertility and infertility as well as to gain 40 Category 1 (Women’s Health) points for this current triennium.  For further information and registration telephone 1800 335 860 or see here.


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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


Diamond Creek- Seeking FT/PT VR GP or Subsequent Trainee GP to join our long established Family Practice.Fully computerised , mixed billing, Accredited Practice. Outer Metro area (Relocation incentive grants). No Sundays or Public holidays. Pay and conditions negotiable. Contact Sheila Bouskill on 9438 3888 or e-mail


Greensborough Road Surgery – requires a FT VR GP to join our well established and very busy family practice. Excellent Nurse support. Newly furbished rooms. Excellent remuneration. If you embrace change and are looking to work in a very supportive and a professionally simulating environment please contact Ann McCormack 9435 0711.


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

Practice Staff

Greensborough Road Surgery - Part Time RN Div 1 reqired by a busy Medical Practice. Applicants must be experienced and highly motivated; friendly, with excellent communication skills, demonstrate empathy with patients and willing to work in a team environment. Tuesday 4.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 11.30-4.30pm, Thursday 4.30-8.30pm. Must be available to cover leave replacement for other RN’s. Contact Ann McCormack 9435 0711.

Positions wanted

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.


Inner Eastern Suburbs or CBD - Medical Secretary/Receptionist/Audio Typist looking for Full Time or Temp work. Specialist experience in hospital & private rooms. Please contact Galaxy Medical Recruitment on (03) 8720 7888 to arrange an interview.  


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Homeopathic emergency video

You will need sound for this


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