North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1105: March 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                                                Future of the Tuesday Lunchtime Lecture Program 

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetes Australia – Vic presents ‘Getting Started’, Supermarket Tours   

Professional Development                 CPD events, NEMICS Professional Development Grants     

Immunisation                                       Rotavirus Vaccine and Intussusception       

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Living with Cancer Education Program, Services and supports for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS, New on St Vincent’s Website, GP assistance wanted, NEMICS newsletter, GP Network News       

News for Practice Staff                       Infection Control in Aged Care, Health Coaching in Primary Care, Scholarships 

Paediatrics                                           Groin & genital issues in boys         

Women’s Health                                  Menarche to Menopause ALM, Mercy Hospital for Women - GP Seminars & Update for GPs,                    

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Future of the Tuesday Lunchtime Lecture Program

For many years the Division has continued to support the non specific lunchtime CPD program whilst all other Divisions across Australia long ago moved to a QI &CPD program related to their Commonwealth funded programs .

In the very near future, funding for the many primary care support services currently provided by the Division will be directed to the new MEDICARE LOCALS and our efforts & resources are directed toward achieving an acceptable general practice support outcome. MEDICARE LOCALS will be supporting financially those programs identified in their strategic plan.

The issue of the Tuesday lectures was discussed in detail at the Board meeting held 2 weeks ago, and, after considering submissions from Dr Nursey & others, the Board made a series of decisions regarding the future of the Tuesday program. In essence these were:

1)                  The first term program organised by Dr Nursey will continue

2)                  Any continuation of the program past April 2011 will require a new volunteer GP to be identified as Program leader (RACGP requirement)

3)                  This Program leader will be required to undertake all tasks previously undertaken by Dr Nursey to create program content, identify & confirm presenters & sponsors, advise Division of details for circulation to members, introduce & thank speakers

4)                  The Division cannot sustain the current number of Tuesday CPDs (40+ year) but will support up to12 CPD events per year in a lunchtime format

5)                  The program can be any weekday, but if a Tuesday it must be the 1 free Tuesday per month not currently required for Division meetings.

6)                  A program leader should be identified as soon as is practicable if program continuity is required and the CEO be advised

7)                  Any alternative proposals within the above parameters will be considered by the Board

8)                  The Board will review this issue if required again at its December meeting

Any member interested in taking on the course leader role as described above is invited to contact Ken Mansbridge at the Division on 9496 4333.



Next week’s eNews will be on Wednesday.


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Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes Australia – Vic presents ‘Getting Started’

A diabetes information session for people with type 2 diabetes who are newly diagnosed or have not had diabetes education in the past. The 3.5 hour session is run by our diabetes educator and dietitian, who will provide you with valuable information to get you started managing your diabetes. Information sessions are held at DA–Vic Head Office, 570 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Cost is $10 for DA–Vic members, or $15 for non-members. No referral is required but bookings are essential. For enquiries or to register, please phone the Diabetes Infoline on 1300 136 588. The next information session is on Wednesday 23 March 5-8:30pm. Encourage your patients to register and Get Started.


Supermarket Tours

Diabetes Australia – Vic organises supermarket tours to help make shopping for food easier. As part of the two hour tour, local dietitians show you how to accurately read and understand food labels, select healthy food alternatives and identify products that are appropriate for people with diabetes. Participants will receive a show bag with the Diabetes Australia Healthy Shopping Guide, information sheets and other useful information. A tour is taking place at Coles Epping Plaza Cnr Cooper and High Streets Epping on Wednesday 9 March at 10am. Cost: $10 members and $15 for non-members. Limited bookings are available for each tour. To make a booking, contact the Diabetes Info and Advice Line (DIAL) on 1300 136 588.


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Continuing Professional Development

Term 1 GP Lecture Program (see Editorial re Future of the Tuesday Lunchtime 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.

March 15 - Management of Fractures in General Practice - Mr Anthony Bonomo

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


NEMICS Professional Development Grants are now available

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for individual professional development 
Grants of up to $4,000 are available for group professional development

NEMICS is offering these funds to support activities such as:

  • Attending or facilitating short courses, workshops, postgraduate study and meetings
  • Participating in activities that encourage skill development in areas of communication, consumer advocacy & quality improvement
  • Conference attendance (conditions apply)

Applications close 5.00pm Friday 25 March 2011. To download the guidelines and application form visit


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Rotavirus Vaccine and Intussusception

There is new evidence from Australia and overseas studies suggesting a small increased risk of intussusception in infants following Rotavirus vaccine. The increased risk appears to occur mainly in the first 1 - 7 days following the first dose of Rotavirus vaccine. Professor Jim Bishop, Australia's Chief Health Officer, recommends that immunisation providers continue to vaccinate young infants against Rotavirus but that they inform parents and carers of the rare risk of intussusception and how to be alert for the signs and symptoms of the condition – link here. There are also a number of resources to assist immunisation providers and parents.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Shortcuts in Progress Notes

You may create typing shortcuts in both the Comment and Management parts of the Progress Notes. Comments are inserted wherever the cursor is placed. Management shortcuts have the Management heading inserted before the shortcut. If you put the same shortcut in both the Comment and Management lists the one in the Comment list will be used (i.e. inserted where the cursor is).


This weeks IM problem - Adding OTC medications to the medication list

Question: If a patient takes an OTC medication which isn’t listed in MD, can this medication and dosage be free typed in so that it appears in their list of regular medications?

Answer: You can use the Recipes function in Medical Director to enter recipes for preparations into the drug database. This is especially useful for adding extemporaneous preparations and keeping a record of complementary medicines in the patient’s current medication screen.

Adding user-defined Preparations (recipes)

From the Clinical menu select Recipes... The User Defined Preparations window is displayed. Click the Add button and the Extemporaneous  preparation window is displayed. Enter the appropriate information for this recipe including $-OTC and click Save. The Recipe is saved into the Medical Director drug database and can be added to the current medication list. You can now “prescribe” this item, and in the case of complementary medicines you can mark the item product advised elsewhere when prescribing.


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Items of Interest

Living with Cancer Education Program

Information and support for people with brain tumours, their family and friends. This 4 week program commences on Monday March 21, 9:45am – 12md at Austin Health Repat Campus, Acacia Room, 300 Waterdale Rd, Heidelberg West. For more information and to RSVP please contact Dianne Legge, Brain Tumour Support Officer on 9496 3315 or email: by 16th March.


Services and supports for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Australia (Victoria) is pleased to inform you of the latest services, education and supports available for adults, teenagers and children with ME/CFS in Victoria and Tasmania. Visit the website.


New on St Vincent’s Website -

Fast Track Joint Replacement Surgery!!

·        Does your patient have hip or knee arthritis?

·        Do they have constant and severe pain?

·        Have they exhausted all conservative measures?

·        Are they a suitable candidate for joint replacement surgery?

If so, please contact the St Vincent’s ESAS Clinic for prompt, specialised, surgical intervention.


New Referral Template

·        One common referral template for St Vincent’s Rehabilitation, Aged Care and Aged Psychiatry services.

·        Can be downloaded to Medical Director, Best Practice and ZedMed.

·        Forms or paper copy.

For any questions about the above contact Juliet Gavens: 03 9288 4781 or


GP assistance wanted

The University of Notre Dame has set up a Clinical School based at Werribee Hospital and is looking for North Eastern GP's to assist us with the education of our third year students in General Practice. One student is assigned to a GP for 4 weeks, for a total of 4 days a week (the other 2 half-days, they attend 'back to base' activities at Werribee). It is perfectly acceptable to take a student for just 4 weeks per year, if this is more suitable. We do not require commitments until late next semester. The UND pays higher rates per session than those assigned by the government. Teaching materials are available to the practice that the students can use when the GP is busy. The students are graduate students who are mature, keen, knowledgeable, respectful and appreciative.

If interested, please contact our third year administrative assistant, Meredith at


NEMICS newsletter

The first edition of the North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service newsletter for 2011 is here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: UGPA; Productivity Commission Disability Care and Support; Rotavirus and Risk of Intussusception - Important information from the CMO; Good Report Card for GPs, Buying Technology? Beat your best price by up to 20% with Powerbuy; Post new comment


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News for Practice Staff

Infection Control in Aged Care

Conducted over two days and equivalent to 14 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. This course is designed for registered and enrolled nurses who are working within aged care facilities who want to learn about infection control or for nurses who want to update their skills.

4 & 5 April 2011at The College of Nursing, 14 Railway Parade, Burwood NSW

Enquiries: Student Services Centre (02) 9745 7500


Health Coaching in Primary Care

The Benchmarque group, in conjunction with SMGPA are offering a Pilot Program related to Health coaching in Primary Care. This is a Nationally Accredited course providing 16CPD hours, run over 2 days and offered at a reduced price of $335.

Wednesday 23rd March & 30th March 9amto 5pm. Phone: 1300 855 568



Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships now available. Close on 8 April 2011. Go to


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Groin & genital issues in boys

Tuesday April 5th 7-9pm at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Most entertaining and highly knowledgeable speaker Mr Mike O’Brien will be giving an update on latest management & referral recommendations for balanitis, hypospadias, phimosis, paraphimosis and steroid cream use; circumcision; hernias and hydroceles; testes & acute scrotum.

  • More information & register online:
  • The Practical Paediatrics Program is run by Divisions of General Practice and The Royal Children’s Hospital. 
  • Urology update presented by Impetus, kindly sponsored by Nutricia.


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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.


Mercy Hospital for Women

GP Seminars 2011 – Antenatal Topics

Tues 5th April: Perinatal Depression – To screen or not to screen, including psychosocial care of the antenate.

Tues 28th June: Case Studies – Complications, communications and guidelines in shared maternity care.

Tues 30th August: Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes – Impact on mother and baby.

For further details and registration flyer click here or contact Merran Mackie: 8458 4833 or


Update for GPs February 2011 click here. Update post script: Free whooping cough vaccine for parents of newborn babies and partners of pregnant women.

The Victorian Government now recommends partners of pregnant women should get the vaccine before the birth of the baby. Pregnant women should get the vaccination as soon as possible after the birth of the baby. For further details please click here for the Victorian Government Health Information website.


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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


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 Doig – 9499 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


Northern Health - Seeking GP Liaison Consultant (part time) to fill vacancy up to 16 hours per week. This non-clinical, innovative role demands flexibility and a diverse range of skills. You’ll have a strong advocacy role for both general practice and Northern Health, contributing to strategic and operational developments aimed at enhancing the continuity of care. For further information click here.


Thornbury - We are urgently seeking a VR GP and / or a GPT4 Registrar to replace our "soon to retire" GP.  Busy, accredited, computerised and long established practice. Friendly & professional working environment with dedicated staff & excellent nurse support.  For enquiries, please contact Dr Danny Lipson, Dr Jenny Andrewes or Rose - Practice Manager on 03) 9484 2007 or email   

Practice Staff

Bundoora - Andrew Place Clinic - (re-advertised due to illness) RN Div 1, required for busy Family Medical Practice. PPT 3 days a week, and needs to be able to increase hours due to sick leave and holiday relief. Applicants must be highly motivated and have experience in childhood immunisations, triage, wound care, health assessment, and chronic disease. Requires moderate computer skills, and current drivers license for home visits. Willing to work in a supported team environment, alongside two other practice nurses. Above award rates. Contact Jan Allen, Practice Nurse Manager or Michele Jones Practice Manager on 9467 1444, or email resume to Applications close 21/3/2011.


Nillumbik Community Health Service – A 0.5 EFT 12 month Community Health Nurse position is available at NCHS located in Eltham. For further details check the website:, and click on “vacancies” or phone Sally Western, Program Manager, Allied Health, on 9430 9174 or Applications close March 17.


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An Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman, Irishman, Frenchman, Spaniard, Portugese, Latvian, Swiss, German, Greek, Netherlander, Belgian, Macedonian, Iranian, Russian, Australian, Samoan, Tongan, American, Brazilian, Argentinian and Mexican walk into a bar.


The barman takes one look at them and says,


"I'm sorry, but I can't let you in without a Thai.


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And remember


            … In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.