North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1107: March 24, 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:

Chronic Disease Management            OzDAFNE, Supermarket Tours          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Flu Resources           

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  New Mercy Health website, Melbourne Respiratory and Sleep Services, GP Network News          

News for Practice Staff                       APNA eNews

Paediatrics                                           State-wide paediatric orthopaedic resources online           

Women’s Health                                  Perinatal Depression, Update in the Management of Common Gynaecological Problems                

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management


Diabetes Australia – Vic offers OzDAFNE - a five day diabetes education program designed for adults with type 1 diabetes who are not on an insulin pump. This comprehensive small group program covers topics such as carbohydrate estimation, insulin adjustment, physical activity and the management of illness and hypoglycaemia, as well as allowing participants to share their experiences of type 1. OzDAFNE has been shown to improve blood glucose control, lessen severe hypoglycaemia, and improve quality of life. The next OzDAFNE course will commence on Monday 28 March. Further information for health professionals and people with type 1 diabetes can be accessed at the website or by calling 03 9667 1719.


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 Woolworths Whitehorse Road Balwyn on Wednesday 30 March at 7pm. 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

Close to the Bone

A free evening of GP education presented by Waverley Private Hospital on

          Hand Injuries: Mr Peter Maloney - Orthopaedic Surgeon (Hand & Wrist)

          Shoulder Pain: Mr Ash Chehata - Orthopaedic Surgeon (Upper Limb)

          Foot & Ankle Issues: Mr Andrew Beischer & Mr Andre Cornoiu - Orthopaedic Surgeons (Foot & Ankle)

Tuesday, 29 March 6.30pm (dinner provided) at the Hotel Bruce County, 445 Blackburn Road, Mt Waverley. To register email or call Anne on 0420 895 910. Application pending Category 2 QI&CPD points in RACGP 2011-2013 triennium or 40 Category 1 points if you attend 3 or more session and complete the requirements of the ALM.


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.

March 29 - Surgical Management of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - Mr Dayan Chandrasekara

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Pulmonary Emboli in the ICU” – Dr Daryl Jones, Intensive Care Physician

Wednesday 30th March, 12:30pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building, Opposite Medical Library. Informal lunch at 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


Sleep - The Basics

Saturday 30th April 9.30am - 5pm at Austin Hospital Education Precinct, Level 4 Austin Tower, Studley Road, Heidelberg. RSVP by Thursday 21st April. Flyer.


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Flu Resources

The Commonwealth government flu resources are now available and can be ordered on line. The resources are very eye catching and include a poster, brochure, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander poster and brochure along with a fact sheet for providers.

All providers should receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer and a sample of each of these resources in the mail over the next week.

Please order the free resources here to promote the seasonal influenza vaccine.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Registering a patient for Closing the Gap (CTG)

  1. Open the patient record and from the Patient menu select Details…
  2. From the drop down menu select the preferred indigenous description (if not already done).
  1. If the patient has signed the correct registration and consent CTG forms you can then check the Registered for CTG Copayment relief box, thus ensuring CTG to appear on the prescriptions for this patient.

Please note: Medical Director template versions of the ATSI PIP Incentive Patient registration and consent forms can be found on the NEVDG website.


This weeks IM problem - Adding photographs into a patient record

Question: Recently I completed a primary care skin cancer medicine and advanced Dermoscopy and dermal imaging course. Please show me the easiest way to place the photos into the patient record.

Answer: There is no easy way. It is best to create a new folder (e.g. Skin lesion Photos 2011). Once you have saved and named the photos (e.g. J. Smith – skin lesion) onto a location on your hard disk, you do the following.

  1. Open the patient record in MD and click on the Documents tab
  2. Click on the Import button
  3. Navigate to where your photos are saved and chose the correct photo
  4. For document type select Photograph and add a description if you wish
  5. When finished click OK

 To view the photo later, go into Documents and double click on the file name in the list of stored documents.


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Items of Interest

New Mercy Health website

The new Mercy Health website has been launched. It has been completely redeveloped to improve the look and feel, increase the range of content and give people quick, easy pathways to information.

Some new features include podcasts and vodcasts “from the field”, access via login to the intranet and restricted areas for staff and student groups, and a multimedia gallery.


Melbourne Respiratory and Sleep Services

Dr Vivek Malipatil, Respiratory and Sleep medicine physician, has now commenced sessions at Melbourne Respiratory and Sleep Services (16 Martin St, Heidelberg) and Manningham Medical Centre (200 High St, Lower Templestowe). Referrals from all members of the division are most welcome. Please address all referrals to 16 Martin St, Heidelberg 3084 (Ph 9459 055, Fax 9455 0786).


Residential and day programs for mothers and their infants

The recently renovated Mitcham Private Hospital Mother Baby Unit is staffed by an experienced and caring team of medical professionals, who can assist families struggling with issues associated with infant irritability and settling, feeding problems, maternal exhaustion and anxiety.

Places are currently available for babies up to 12 months old. Mitcham Private Hospital Mother Baby Unit, Tel: 03 9210 3134, 27 Doncaster East Road Mitcham. VIC 3132. Referral forms and further information can be found at


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA seeks Minister’s response on Non VR Rebates; Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program; Australia to host the World Medical Association (WMA) Council; Advice on radiation exposure from Japanese damaged nuclear reactors; Centre for Independent Studies Report (CIS); The AMA Platinum Edge Credit Card from American Express; Post new comment


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News for Practice Staff

APNA eNews

March newsletter: Radiation from exposure in Japan, help APNA by completing this survey on funding and scholarships, complete your CPD in time to renew national registration.


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State-wide paediatric orthopaedic resources online

The Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network (VPON) is pleased to announce the launch of its website,  The website provides up to date information about specialist paediatric orthopaedic services, referral information (including outpatient clinics), referral guidelines, fact sheets and more. VPON is led by the four specialist paediatric orthopaedic providers at RCH, Monash Children’s, Barwon Health and Western Health.


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Women’s Health

Perinatal Depression: To screen or not to screen, including psychosocial care of the antenate

·        To inform GPs of the frequency of perinatal mental health issues

·        To promote the need for identification and proper assessment of both mental health disorders and psychosocial risks that may contribute to subsequent development of mental health disorders

·        To improve GPs knowledge of the pathways to care at Mercy Hospital for Women

·        To provide resources to support safety in prescribing and management when mental health issues are identified

Dr Gaynor Blankley, Consultant Psychiatrist, Perinatal Mental Health, and Jane Middleton, Head, Social Work Department, Mercy Hospital for Women.

Tuesday 5th April, 7-9pm (Registration & Refreshments from 6.30pm) at Level 4, Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg.

4 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2011-2013 triennium have been applied for. For further details and registration flyer click here or contact Merran Mackie on tel: 8458 4833 or


Update in the Management of Common Gynaecological Problems

A session covering the management of a range of common gynaecological problems such as endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding and vaginal prolapse


·        To be aware of the symptoms, cause and natural history of a range of common gynaecological problems

·        To be aware of how to investigate and manage these problems

·        To be aware of a range of management and referral options

Speaker: Dr Alex Ades, Gynaecologist and obstetrician at RWH and in private practice, RWH

Tuesday 5th April 7.30pm-9.15pm (Light refreshments 30 minutes prior) at The Royal Women's Hospital: Cnr Grattan St and Flemington Rds Parkville. Seminar Room 7D, 7th Floor. Parking is available at the car park under the hospital: accessible from Flemington Rd. Cost is $12 for 2 hours. RSVP: By 4 days prior to session to Ines Rio on 8345 2064 or email:  


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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


Glen Waverley - VR GP FT/PT required for mixed billing, friendly, busy, long established General Practice to replace retired doctor. We are computerised, have Practice Nurse (RN Div 1), pathology on site and registered for accreditation. Remuneration negotiable. Please call Frances on 0414 843 911 for further details.


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

Montmorency - Division 2 nurse required for blood collection, immunisations, sterilisation and EPC services. For more information contact Dr Ali on 9434 4411.

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Glass Eye

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He has been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket toward the man.

He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.

'Oh my, I am so sorry,' the woman says as she pops her eye back in place.

'Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you,' she says.

They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre followed by drinks.

They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his. She listens.

After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful time.

The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings.

The guy is amazed. Everything had been SO incredible!

'You know,' he said, 'you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?'

'No,' she replies…

'You just happened to catch my eye.'


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And remember


            …A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.