North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1123: July 27, 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                                                Healthy Start for School Initiative   

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetes Fact Sheets, The Diabetes MILES survey  

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  How much sun is enough for vitamin D? Research project on GPs perception of the field of Plastic Surgery, GP Network News   

News for Practice Staff                       2011 Fair Work Australia Minimum Wage Increase, Mental Health Nurse Credentialing Workshop, The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme       

Paediatrics                                           Practical Paediatrics Program - General Paediatrics update, How do you assist parents of overweight children in your clinic?          

Women’s Health                                  Monitoring Fertility: Assisting Conception              

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Healthy Start for School Initiative

The Healthy Start for School Initiative commenced 1 July 2011. For a parent receiving income support during the financial year in which their child turns four, the child will be required to undergo a relevant health check to ensure they are healthy, fit and ready for school. This is a requirement to receiving the Family Tax Benefit A Supplement for the financial year in which a child turns four.

As a result of this initiative General Practice may receive an increase in requests from parents and carers for their child to have a health assessment. You can use the same MD template as the 4 year old Health Check, available on the Division website.

Further information, click here.


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Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes Fact Sheets

The National Diabetes Services Scheme has translated ten Diabetes Fact Sheets into ten languages.

The fact sheets are: What is diabetes? Food choices for people with diabetes; Physical activity and diabetes; Blood glucose monitoring; Hypoglycaemia and diabetes; Insulin and diabetes; Medications for type 2 diabetes; Staying well; Depression and diabetes; Sick days and type 2 diabetes.

Available in: Arabic; Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified script); Greek; Italian; Korean; Spanish; Turkish; Urdu; Vietnamese      

These resources are available to download from the NDSS Website.

The Gestational Diabetes: Caring for yourself and your baby booklet has been translated into five languages – Arabic,             Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified script), Turkish and Vietnamese, and is available at:


The Diabetes MILES survey

The Management and Impact for Long-term Empowerment and Success survey is now online at This study is the largest national 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 workplace. For more information contact the Centre (03 8648 1844 or


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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.


Skin Cancer Workshop for GPs

Saturday, August 20th, 8.45am - 4.30pm. Principles & practice of punch biopsy, shave biopsy, excisional biopsy, cryotherapy, curettage & diathermy, simple ellipses, topical treatments. Great workshop for both urban & rural GPs, with excellent feedback from same workshop held previously.

20% discount at Metropole Apartments for rural GPs attending the workshop. Numbers strictly limited and filling fast!

Details are at:


Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Australasian College of Skin Cancer Medicine annual conference 26-28 August at Sofitel Hotel, Broadbeach, Gold Coast.

This conference is accredited by both RACGP (Category 2 points) and ACRRM.

Program and registration can be found here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Adding a doctor’s provider number to a referral or other template

Your referral template may not have the doctor’s provider number under the signature line. To do this you need to add the Provider number field to the template, as in the following example:


Yours sincerely




Provider Number: <<Doctor:Provider Number>>


  1. Open LetterWriter and then from the File menu select Modify Template…
  2. Select the referral letter (e.g. Standard Letter)
  3. Place the cursor under the <<Doctor:Name>> field and type in Provider Number: Make sure you press the spacebar once after the colon.
  4. From the Template Fields (right of screen) click on the + sign next to Doctor. Double click on Provider Number to add that field to your template (see example above).

Each doctor will now have their individual provider number automatically added to the template.


This week’s IM problem - Template is the wrong orientation

Question: When I import a template (e.g. the 45-49 year old Health Check), it comes on the screen as portrait when really it should be landscape (I lose information on the right side of the page.)

Answer:  Even a template created in landscape reverts to Portrait when imported. The fix is this: import the template and once it is on the screen go to the File menu, select Page Setup and change the orientation to Landscape. Then from the File menu select Save as template…, give it a meaningful name and Save.


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Items of Interest

How much sun is enough for vitamin D?                            

A recent survey found that doctors believe it’s more important for their patients to get enough vitamin D rather than stay out of the sun for cancer prevention.

SunSmart advises that a healthy balance of ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure is important for health but, given Australia's high UV levels, it is essential to strike a careful balance. Too much UV radiation causes skin cancer and too little can affect vitamin D levels.

In Victoria, from May to August people with fair to olive skin need 2-3 hours of sun exposure spread across a week to help with vitamin D levels. From September to April, just a few minutes of sun, outside of 10 am-3 pm is enough to help with vitamin D. People with naturally dark skin should aim for 3-6 times this exposure level.

The Department of Health has released the updated Low vitamin D in Victoria: Key health messages for doctors, nurses and allied health resource, which has been designed specifically for Victorian health professionals. For this resource and more education tools, go to


Research project on GPs perception of the field of Plastic Surgery

A short questionnaire consisting of three short sections, one documenting demographics, the second to determine the commonest speciality of Plastic Surgeons and finally three short clinical scenarios encountered in day to day clinical practice. To participate please click the link.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: 2011 AMA Family Doctor Week (FDW); After Hours GP Services; Showcasing GPs at work; GP Mental Health Funding Cuts Survey results; Sign the Online Petition Opposing GP Mental Health Funding Cuts; Senate Inquiry into Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services; Red Tape Survey; AGPT Annual Convention: 7-8 September 2011.


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News for Practice Staff

2011 Fair Work Australia Minimum Wage Increase

Salary circulars relating to the 2011 Fair Work Australia Minimum Wage Increase for the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010 & the Supported Employment Services Award 2010.
Also an excel spreadsheet which will enable you to calculate your employees wage rates


Mental Health Nurse Credentialing Workshop

Friday 9th September at Anne Caudle Campus, Bendigo Health.

This workshop aims to assist mental health nurses who are wishing to become a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse. A credentialing application pack will be provided and allocated time will be available during the workshop to assist participants to get an application started. Flyer

Enquiries: please contact Susan Kidd by email 

Fax registration forms to (02) 6285 2166 or email to


The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme

Another round of scholarships opened 25 July  and will close 16 September 2011. Continuing professional development and postgraduate scholarships are available to all nurses, including general practice nurses. APNA strongly encourages all nurses to apply. These scholarships are administered on behalf of the Commonwealth by the RCNA – please visit the website for more information and queries should be directed to the RCNA.


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The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme Paediatrics

Practical Paediatrics Program - General Paediatrics update

Next Saturday August 6th 9am-12.30pm at the Royal Children’s Hospital.  Learning areas include UTI’s, nocturnal enuresis, the crying infant and persistent abdominal pain. Great speakers: Drs Jacinta Tobin, Harriet Hiscock and Susie GibbMorning tea kindly sponsored by Nestle.

More details and online registration here:


How do you assist parents of overweight children in your clinic?

Is you child overweight?” – What you need to know and what you can do: A comprehensive but understandable guide to parents, written by Dr. Matt Sabin from The Royal Children‘s Hospital and a leading children’s specialist in this area. It is very reasonably priced at $9.95 plus postage.

Available from:  / phone 9345 6429 /


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Women’s Health

Monitoring Fertility: Assisting Conception 

An Active Learning Module is to be presented at Rydges Bell City, 215 Bell Street Preston, on Saturday 20th August, 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 click here.


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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


Western AustraliaEllenbrook Medical Centre is looking for a GP interested in outer metropolitan "area of need" sessions. Contact Practice Manager, Colleen Nagle at


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A blue heeler went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof."

The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog: "There are only nine words here. You could send another Woof for the same price."

"But," the dog replied, "That would make no sense at all."


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And remember


            …Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.