North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1122: July 13, 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                                                A Word from the Editor       

Aged Care                                             End of Life - Communication skills for advance care planning

Chronic Disease Management            Inflammatory Arthritis, Diabetes in School Seminars         

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Epilepsy in General Practice, Heart Health Network, GP Network News   

NPS                                                       NPS Medicines List iPhone app        

Paediatrics                                           General Paediatrics update 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

There will be no eNews next week. The next edition will be July 28th.


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Aged Care

End of Life - Communication skills for advance care planning

An interactive workshop to assist GPs & nurses introduce and undertake conversations about end of life choices with their patients. This workshop will introduce new on-line resources and DVDs to help clinicians approach this sensitive topic effectively. Includes: Interactive videos of simulated doctor/patient discussions regarding advance care planning.

Tuesday 16 August 7 - 8.30pm (Light meal: 6.30pm) at Northern Division of General Practice, Training Room, 232 Plenty Rd, Preston

Enquires to Jane Hammett on 9496 5660 or RSVP by FaxBack. Flyer


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Chronic Disease Management

Inflammatory Arthritis

Arthritis Victoria is running two events at the Austin Hospital in August and September.

Signs, Symptoms and Solutions: This seminar is designed for those living with an inflammatory form of arthritis including rheumatoid, psoriatic and ankylosing spondylitis. Monday, 29 August 6 - 8:30pm at Education Centre Lecture Theatre, Austin Tower, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg. Cost: $10 ($8 for Arthritis Members) Family members and carers - no charge

RSVP: Monday, 22 August. Places are limited. See here

Self-Management and Education Course

Mondays for 6 weeks, 10 - 12:30pm 5 September – 10 October at The Austin Hospital, Heidelberg. Cost: $62.00. RSVP: 22 August. See here

Please contact program administrator on 8531 8000 or email


Diabetes in School Seminars

Presented by The Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s and Diabetes Australia – Vic - these seminars offer participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge and become more confident in supporting and facilitating the day to day school experience of children with type 1 diabetes in their care. Sessions will include information about diabetes and diabetes management in school age children; practical workshops covering a variety of specialised topics in more detail including monitoring, camps, pumps and excursions. Morning tea, lunch and handout materials provided. Wednesday 3 August 9am - 3.30pm at Level 7, Australian Nursing Federation, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Bookings are essential. For further information please contact Doreen Paes on 9667 1728.


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Continuing Professional Development

Travel Medicine for the Whole Family

Wednesday 17th August 6:30 pm-9pm (Dinner & Registration from 6:30 pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Presented by: Dr Dr Mike Starr, Infectious Diseases Physician, RCH. Application Form.


GP Conference

Epworth HealthCare is hosting its 5th annual GP Conference on 27 and 28 August. The conference will be held at Silverwater Resort, San Remo (near Phillip Island), Victoria. For more information please contact the GP Liaison Unit on phone: 03 9426 8504 or Flyer


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Marking recalls as Urgent

When adding a recall to a patient, the Add Recall window, under Options, has a Return urgently tickbox – when this is checked all urgent recalls are displayed in red, both in the patient’s recall list as well as the recall list of all patients.


This week’s IM problem - Once only recall problem

Question: When I add a recall to a patient, I tick the Once only Recall box – this immediately greys out the Interval choice of Weeks, Months and Years, so I am forced to put in the recall date via the calendar. This takes longer and seems quite clumsy.

Answer: I agree, but the way round this is to choose the Weeks, Months or Years interval first, then select Once only Recall – it means you are working from the bottom up, which isn’t totally logical. But that’s the way it is.


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Items of Interest

Epilepsy in General Practice

Epilepsy Australia and Epilepsy New Zealand need to know about epilepsy in general practice.

The information will help us to provide the resources GPs need.

Take the one minute survey for GPs and go into the draw to win one of three 3M Littmann Electronic Stethoscopes Model 3200 (

Click on the link, or type it into your browser to start the survey.

The survey has been extended to July 31st 2011


Heart Health Network

Heart Health Network is the Heart Foundation’s free e-newsletter for health professionals.

Issued every six weeks, Heart Health Network features the latest news on a range of topics including:

·         prevention and treatment

·         rehabilitation

·         cardiac research and advances in technology

·         lifestyle management, such as nutrition, physical activity and quitting smoking

·         Heart Foundation guidelines, practice tools and patient resources

·         events, recipes, professional development and media.

Register today to receive this free e-newsletter with easy ‘click-through’ options that link to the Heart Foundation website and other relevant information sources.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Mental Health Cuts Survey – last chance to participate; Sign the Mental Health Funding Cuts Petition; A Current Affair’s unfair and unwarranted attack on IMGs; AHPRA’s performance does not warrant fee increases; Recent changes to pneumoccal vaccine for children; s eligible to receive free pneumococcal conjugate vaccine? Standards for practices receiving GPII; Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) Performance Audit of DVA; New look AMA Doctors-in-Training web pages; Emergency Management Training


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National Prescribing Service

Something for your patients - NPS Medicines List iPhone app

NPS has developed an NPS Medicines List iPhone app which is available for download from iTunes on your computer or the app store on your iPhone or iPad. It is currently ranking as the number one free medical app on iTunes Australia. The app is an alternative to the paper-based Medicines List which is still available as a download on the NPS website and in pharmacies.

The app enables people to:

• Track the brand, active ingredient, strength and dosage of their medicines

• Keep photos of medicines, packaging and dispensing labels

• Record any changes to a medicine regimen using the change log

• Export and print or email a copy of their medicine list and change log to discuss with their doctor or pharmacist

• Save personal details and health professionals’ contact details

• Note questions to discuss at the next medical appointment.

To access more information about the iPhone app go to


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General Paediatrics update

Saturday August 6th, 9am – 12.30pm at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Learning areas include UTI’s and nocturnal enuresis, the crying infant and recurrent abdominal pain in young children. Lead GP Division is Northern – all GPs welcome. RACGP accredited (pending).

See website for more info on learning areas & speakers and to register.


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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


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 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:


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


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The Pope is on the stage at the Sydney Opera House with Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott in front of a huge crowd.

The Pope leans towards them both and says, "Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, but will go deep into their hearts and they'll forever speak of this day and rejoice!"

Gillard replied, "I seriously doubt that”

Abbott added, “With one little wave of your hand? Show us!"

So the Pope backhanded them both.


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And remember


            …Ever noticed: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.