North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1120: June 30, 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:

Aboriginal Health                                Kidney Health Resources

Chronic Disease Management            Research Revealed - The future for type 1 diabetes prevention, management and cure, Deaths from Chronic Disease down 20%

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Portal to Alcohol Counselling & Therapy, GP Network News         

Men’s Health                                        Prostate Cancer and General Practice

News for Practice Staff                       Registered Nurse Continuing Professional Development Portfolio

NPS                                                       NEW NPS Audit

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Aboriginal Health

Kidney Health Resources

National Renal Indigenous Resource Collaborative (NRIRC) - Kidney Health Australia and Amgen collaborated to gather and share existing education material for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 


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Chronic Disease Management

Research Revealed - The future for type 1 diabetes prevention, management and cure

DA–Vic and JDRF are hosting this inaugural research event. The aim of this event is for people with type 1 diabetes to hear from some of Melbourne’s top research bodies. Presentations will be made from Diabetes CCRE, Baker IDI and WEHI. Saturday 16 July, 9.30am-2pm at Western Bulldogs Football Club, Western Bulldogs Football Club Whitten Oval 417 Barkly Street Footscray West. Cost: Free for DA–Vic members and one guest. $15 for non-members. Bookings essential – limited places available – 1300 136 558


Deaths from Chronic Disease down 20%
The number of premature deaths from chronic diseases is falling, boosting the life expectancy of Australians, a new government report released this week has found. This report presents data against the Key indicators of progress of chronic disease and associated determinants (the KIP set). See full report here

Don’t forget the HMRs are part of the total Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan and need to be recalled annually. Further information about Medication Reviews from Jenny Gowan.   


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Continuing Professional Development

Skin Cancer Basic Techniques

Principles & practice of punch biopsy, shave biopsy, excisional biopsy, cryotherapy, curettage & diathermy, simple ellipses, topical treatments.

Saturday, August 20th, 8.45am - 4.30pm at St.V’s Education Centre.

See flyer for registration and here for more information.


Coming events for your diary

Wednesday 17th August - Travel Medicine for the Whole Family

Wednesday 14th SeptemberiPad Training for GPs


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Home Medicines Review

Multidisciplinary Team Approach – Item 900 (HMR) and more  

Would you like a pharmacist on your general practice team? Monash University are currently looking for general practices interested in pilot testing this innovative role aimed at improving medication outcomes. No financial cost to you - covered by the project. For more information, please contact Edwin Tan (PhD research student) on 9903 9170 or email

Dr Jenny Gowan can also be contacted to discuss these opportunities by phone or she is happy to come to your surgery. Phone Mobile 0417 506 944 or email


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Check Holding File while in a patient record

It is surprising how many GPs do not know that you can check the Investigations holding file while in a patient record. So instead of closing the patient record and then opening the holding file, do the following:

  1. While in a patient record click on the Investigations menu and select Check Holding File…
  2. Select your name from the list and click on OK and open the desired result
  3. Once finished looking at a result click on Close and then Close again to return to the patient record.

Please note: This works for any area you are in (such as Medications, Past History etc.), but NOT while you are in the Progress Notes.


This week’s IM problem - Editing LETTER details

Question: I have created a few Health Assessments in LetterWriter and I notice that a few had no subject details. If I double click on any of the details (such as Date, Sender or Subject that opens the letter rather than the window with the details).

Answer: There are 2 ways of calling up the details:

1.      Double click on the document in the Addressee column (the other columns open the letter)

2.      Right click on the document and select Edit Letter Details.


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Items of Interest

Portal to Alcohol Counselling & Therapy (PACT)

This service is to assist GP’s in referring clients with alcohol problems.

A service for GP’s provided by DACAS - Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service. For more information call 1800 812 804 or see the DACAS website


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Mental Health Items - Budget Cuts; GP Online Survey – Mental Health Cuts; United General Practice Australia (UGPA) meets with Minister for Mental Health; Medicare Locals; After Hours; New PBS Listings; AMA Family Doctor Week (FDW) – 18 to 24 July; Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) – Round Two Now Open.


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Men’s Health

Prostate Cancer and General Practice

As part of the 12th Australasian Prostate Cancer Conference (3-5 August 2011) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the RACGP Victoria Faculty, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre present a workshop dealing with the challenging areas of prostate cancer care. International prostate cancer experts will join with leading figures from General Practice within Australia to update GPs on the best advice to give patients who are concerned about prostate cancer.

Friday 5 August - This workshop is a component of an Active Learning Module (ALM) to be approved by the RACGP QI&CPD program in the 2011-2013 triennium. Completion of all ALM components will entitle participants to 40 category 1 points.

For more information and to view the program, visit: or call 03 9682 0244


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News for Practice Staff

Registered Nurse Continuing Professional Development Portfolio

This booklet can be used to help keep all your educational records together. Updated by Dandenong Casey General Practice Association August 2010.


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National Prescribing Service

New NPS Audit

The first paper clinical audit available for the current QPI year: 1 May 2011 – 30 April 2012 titled ‘Reducing risk of osteoporotic fractures and falls’ is open for enrolment. The closing date for enrolments is Friday 12th August.  This audit requires data for 10 patients only and encourages GPs to:

a)    assess overall fracture risk and falls risk

b)    provide individually tailored advice regarding adequate physical activity, calcium, vitamin D and falls reduction strategies

c)    consider the role of anti-osteoporotic medicines

d)    address adherence to therapy. 

Enrol online at or by using this form.


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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.


Hurstbridge – F/T or P/T VR GP required for computerised, fully accredited medical centre located in a lovely leafy semi-rural environment.  A fabulous, friendly work environment with nursing support and ancillary health.  Outer Metro Relocation Incentives could apply.  Contact Heather Fisher (Practice Manager) 9718 2611, 0407 355 035 or


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 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.


Macleod - PT VR GP wanted for accredited, fully computerised practice. Suits semi-retired GP. Trainee also welcome. Contact: Julie on 03 9459 8329


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

Heidelberg - Medical Receptionist (experienced) required Part Time - Mon, Thurs, Fri, 2 in 3 Saturday mornings and holiday cover. Phone Carol 9459 9237 or 0419 135 194


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No Dogs Allowed

A man goes into a bar with his dog. He goes up to the bar and asks for a drink.
The bartender says "You can't bring that dog in here!"

The guy, without missing a beat, says "This is my seeing-eye dog."
"Oh man,” the bartender says, "I'm sorry, here, the first one's on me."

The man takes his drink and goes to a table near the door. Another guy walks into the bar with a Chihuahua. The first guys sees him, stops him and says "You can't bring that dog in here unless you tell him it's a seeing-eye dog."
The second man graciously thanks the first man and continues to the bar. He asks for a drink.

The bartender says "Hey, you can't bring that dog in here!"
The second man replies "This is my seeing-eye dog."

The bartender says, "No, I don't think so. They do not have Chihuahuas as seeing-eye dogs."
The man pauses for a half-second and replies "What??! They gave me a Chihuahua??!"


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And remember


            …Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy.