North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1118: June 16, 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            Diabetes MILES Study, Heart Foundation General Practitioner Survey                

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      New business rules for Home Medicine Reviews, New business rules for Residential Management Reviews

Immunisation                                       Boostrix® program for parents of newborns           

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  New Format - Discharge Summaries, GP Network News   

Mental Health                                      Addressing the Physical Health Needs of People with Mental illness        

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Nurse Incentive Program, Medical Receptionists Seminar, Practice Managers' Network 

Women’s Health                                  Complications, Communications and Guidelines in Shared Maternity Care                     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

The Diabetes MILES Study

The Diabetes MILES (Management and Impact for Long-term Empowerment and Success) Study is the largest Australian survey of adults (18-70) with Type 1 or type 2 diabetes dedicated to improving the quality of life and addressing the psychological needs of Australians with diabetes. Help promote this important study by distributing the Diabetes MILES Study Flyer within your workpace. For more information contact the Centre on 03 8648 1844 or


Heart Foundation General Practitioner Survey

To understand the needs of general practice in managing patients with heart disease the Heart Foundation has developed an annual survey designed to collect feedback from General Practitioners about their awareness and use of Heart Foundation clinical guidelines, materials and key messages.  Collecting this information will help us to better assist general practice in managing and supporting patients with heart disease. Participation involves completing a 20 minute online survey to be completed in a single sitting. We ask that you complete the survey by no later than 30th June 2011.  By completing the survey GPs registered in Victoria can choose to provide their details to enter a draw to receive one of two Apple iPad 2’s with WiFi 64GB (in addition to other give-aways) as a thank you for your support. To complete our survey online please visit and enter this password: VGP0001.  If you would like further information, or would prefer to complete the survey by hand, please call 03 9090 2020.


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Continuing Professional Development

Early Detection and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease

Presented by: Dr Peter Mount, Nephrologist, Austin Hospital

Wednesday 29th June, 6:30 pm-9pm (Dinner from 6:00 pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Flyer


Toxicology Winter Forum 2011
For FACEMs, EM Trainees, GPs, Pharmacists, Clinicians interested in Toxicology.
Friday 1 July 9am-2pm at Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Austin Tower, Austin Hospital. No Cost.
Enquiries and RSVP (by 27 June) Click here for program/flyer.


Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Wednesday 27th July 6.30pm -9pm at General Practice Victoria, Fourth Floor via lift, 458 Swanston St, Carlton

Latest research and clinical practice Presented by: Professor Kenny de Meirleir M.D. PhD. Flyer


Training Program for Opioid Dependence

Improve your knowledge and skills in managing problematic pharmaceutical opioid use.

Sunday 7th August, 8.45am – 4.30pm at General Practice Victoria, 458 Swanston St, Carlton. Flyer


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Home Medicines Review

New business rules for Home Medicine Reviews (HMR)

From October 1 2011 General practitioners will be able to refer directly to accredited pharmacists. The model of referral to community pharmacies will still be in operation. More details to follow when released from Medicare and the Pharmacy Guild.   

HMR brochures are available from the Guild National.  Email  for brochures or 02 6270 1888

Please keep the HMRs going- they are a great way to find out what your patients are really taking and doing with their medicines!


New business rules for Residential Management Reviews (RMMR) Item 903

A number of changes will be implemented to the Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) Program. These changes will affect a number of general practitioners, community pharmacies, pharmacists and Aged Care Facilities (ACF).

The RMMR and Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) services will be separated and payment will be made separately for both types of services, and both services can be provided by different pharmacists or businesses. QUM services are varied and cover areas such as medication advisory activities, education and continuous improvement. They are designed to assist ACFs in meeting the health care

ITEM 903: The key change affecting GPs is that all RMMRs must be collaborative, meaning they are requested by the resident’s general practitioner, and both the GP and the accredited pharmacist participate. More details will be publicised as available. For further information, including remuneration details, eligibility requirements and application forms, visit RMMR templates are available in MD and on the NEVDGP website.  Pharmacist initiated reviews can only be continued until 30 September 2011.  

Further information about medication management issues contact Dr Jenny Gowan at NEVDGP Ph 0417 506 944 or email


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Boostrix® program for parents of newborns extended to 30 June 2012

The Victorian Government Department of Health has extended funding for another 12 months of Boostrix® vaccine for parents of newborn infants.

Free Boostrix® vaccine can be given to partners of pregnant women before the baby is born.

A single booster dose of Boostrix® is recommended for any adolescent or adult requiring protection against whooping cough. The vaccine also boosts protection against diphtheria and tetanus.

Since the commencement of the free Boostrix® vaccine, some parents may be presenting with a second pregnancy. If the parents have received Boostrix® (or Adacel) vaccine previously, they do not require a second dose for this pregnancy.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Quickly adding a recall reason

1.      Click in the Reason for recall box

2.      Type in the first few letters of the recall reason

3.      Once the desired recall reason is highlighted press TAB+ENTER and this will place the recall reason in the Reason for recall box. Then you can select the appropriate interval and options.


This week’s IM problem - Setting up Recall protocols

Question: The Save protocol button has disappeared from the Recall window. How do I add to the list of recall reasons?

Answer: Have a patients record open and then;

1.      From the Tools menu select Options and then click on the Recall tab.

2.      Click on the Add button and type in Reason for recall and the interval.

Then click Save.


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Items of Interest

New Format - Discharge Summaries
GPs will gradually begin to receive discharge summaries for inpatients discharged from Austin Health in a new format.  These changes are due to the introduction at Austin Health of a new state-wide IT system for health, HealthSMART.   As a consequence of using this new system, practice information for GPs will be drawn from the Human Services Directory (HSD) (not the Austin's internal GP Database).  Thus it is critical that GPs ensure their details are accurate on the HSD and regularly review this information. 

GPs will continue to receive admission and discharge notifications forms in the present format.  There will be no change to the Emergency Department and Day Surgery Discharge Summaries.  For more information go to or contact GP Liaison Officer Dr Wendy Fisher -


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA 2011 Family Doctor Week – 18 to 24 July; First Medicare Locals announced; Health Alert - Important advice from DoHA on E.coli outbreak in Europe; Bowel Cancer Week 5-11 June; General Practice Training – what lies ahead?; After Hours Reform; Adverse Event reporting made easier; ONEPATH is one of Australia's leading providers of wealth, insurance and advice solutions


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Mental Health

Addressing the Physical Health Needs of People with Mental illness

People with a mental illness experience poorer physical health when compared to the general population and have a death rate that is 2.5 times greater than that of the general population. The North East and Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnerships are working with Area Mental Health, Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Services, Community Health and Divisions of General Practice with the aim to close the physical health gap between this population group and the general population. For more information about this exciting project please contact Jean Crewe, Project Coordinator on 9450 2682.


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News for Practice Staff

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program

Media Release about The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) starting on 1 January 2012.

More information about the Practice Nurse Incentive Program can be found here.


Medical Receptionists Seminar - Triage at the front desk

Tuesday 21st June 6:30 pm-9pm (Dinner from 6pm) John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Presented by: Panel of NEV staff, PMs, PNs and GPs.  

[Application Form]


Practice Managers' Network

Wednesday 22nd June 6:30 pm-9:00 pm (Dinner from 6pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. [Map]

  • Occuational Health and Safety
  • IM Update - Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record
  • Bowel Cancer Screening project Target Group: Practice Managers

[Application Form]


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Women’s Health

Case Studies: Complications, Communications and Guidelines in Shared Maternity Care

·         To provide the opportunity for case based discussion around common GP obstetric related presentations

·         To explore methods available in general practice to decrease potential for risk of communication failures and improve quality and safety for the antenate

·         To inform GPs of the availability of revised Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates Nov 2010

Dr Bernadette White, Clinical Director, Obstetric and Maternity Services, Mercy Hospital for Women and Dr Alison Yeung, Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Health Services Victoria.

Tuesday 21st June, 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 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


Fairfield - F/T or P/T VR GP required for GP operated, computerised, fully accredited medical centre with nursing support.  A friendly and supportive team environment with flexible family friendly working hours. Excellent remuneration. Please contact Rosa Merigan on 03 9481 4861 or 0417 596 180.


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.


Ivanhoe - VR GP Required for regular weekend work (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) in fully accredited, computerised, private billing General Practice. Excellent renumeration and friendly environment. Hours negotiable (Practice is open Sat: 9 – 4 and Sun 10 – 12). Please contact Dr Peter Eizenberg (Principal) or Mary Howe (Practice Manager) on phone: 03 9497 1644 or email:


Ivanhoe - VR GP F/T or P/T required to work in the GP operated Accredited Livingstone Street Clinic. A friendly and supportive team environment in this computerised Medical Centre with Allied Health, RN’s and Radiology & Pathology on site. No A/H’s. Please contact John or Ken on 03 9497 1188.


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

Bundoora - We require highly motivated, friendly receptionists who works well in a team environment.  Experience in practice 2000 and medical director would be an advantage but not essential.  Approximately 15hrs/week. Ability to cover holiday, maternity and sick leave. Email resume to


Ivanhoe - Practice nurse required for busy friendly 5 Doctor Clinic. Tuesday, Wednesday and some relieving shifts. Duties include General Practice nurse duties. The ability to do care planning would be an advantage.  Contact Meri on Ph 9497 1188


Positions wanted

Female Doctor with full Melbourne training, experience and part Fellowship in Psychiatry; registered for mental health item numbers, available for 1-2 days fortnightly or three weekly to assist in the management of patients in a general practice, preferably in the vicinity of Bulleen. Please phone 0417 334 229.


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A married couple were asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning. The wife picked up the phone, listened a moment and said “How should I know, that’s 200 miles from here!” and hung up. The husband said, “Who was that?” The wife said, “I don’t know, some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear.”


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And remember


            …War does not determine who is right.....War determines who is left.