North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1125: August 11, 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            Guideline on Prevention, Identification and Management of Foot Complications in Diabetes   

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Immunisation                                       Immunisation newsletter

Items of interest                                  Lead poisoning from imported Ayurvedic medicine, Northern Health revamped website, GP Network News        

Mental Health                                      Perinatal in Practice: Managing Perinatal Mood Disorders in General Practice        

News for Practice Staff                       August Newsletters  

Women’s Health                                  Monitoring Fertility: Assisting Conception              

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

National Evidence-based Guideline on Prevention, Identification and Management of Foot Complications in Diabetes

A useful resource for all those who work in general practices, whether they be GPs, diabetes educators, allied health workers or practice nurses, in the quest to prevent foot complications, but also to manage them effectively once they exist.

Summaries for quick reference and also plain English summaries for people with diabetes are available to be downloaded and printed by practices - click here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Advances in early identification of ankylosing spondylitis” Speakers: Dr Diane Apostolopoulos, Advanced Trainee in Rheumatology; Dr Lionel Schachna, Consultant Rheumatologist, Austin Spondylitis Clinic.

Wednesday 17th August, 12:30pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building (opp. Medical Library), Austin Campus. Informal lunch at 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


NEMICS Annual Forum

Tuesday 30th August 6 - 8pmRegistration and refreshments from 5.30pm, at Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Keynote address by: Professor Ian Olver, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Australia

Please RSVP to by Friday 19th August.


CPR Update

Thursday 8th September 6.30 -9.30pm (Dinner from 6.15pm). Update your CPR skills in line with new ARC guidelines. Target Group: GPs, Practice staff and Practice nurses. Presented by: Mr David Bourke at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Flyer

A participant co-payment of $50 is required for this training.


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Immunisation newsletter

Access the latest Immunisation newsletter here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Finding the Immunisation Adverse Reaction information sheet

You will be prompted to print the Immunisation Adverse Event sheet when a child receives an immunisation. If the prompt doesn’t appear automatically it can be can be turned on:

1.      With no patient record open select Tools >Options >Clinical tab

2.      Make sure the “Print immunization handout after childhood vaccination” checkbox has a tick


This week’s IM problem - Printing a list of deceased patients

Question: How do I print a list of deceased patients from Medical Director?

Answer: The simple answer is you can’t and if you try, you run the risk of printing your entire patient database. The solution lies in using your practice management software. For example in Pracsoft you can select Reports and this gives you the option of printing a list of deceased patients.


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Items of Interest

Lead poisoning from imported Ayurvedic medicine

This information is to let general practice know over the past 18 months the Victorian department of health has been notified of three cases of elevated blood lead levels due to patients taking traditional Ayurvedic medications imported from India. Please read the full alert at the Chief Health Officers website


Northern Health revamped website

Take the pain out of referring to Northern Health as the GP Access part of Northern Health’s website provides information on:

•     Clinics on offer

•     Conditions seen

•     Clinic frequency

•     Wait times

•     Pre-referral management guidelines

•     Consultant name – for MBS Clinics

•     Where to send referrals

•     Who to contact for clinical advice

Simply go to and click on the GP Access link.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GPNN this week: AMA Submission calls for reversal of Budget mental health cuts; National Health Reform Agreement; Red Tape Survey; Trial of Pay-for-performance diabetes scheme underway; Sign the Online Petition Opposing GP Mental Health Funding Cuts; Hertz - Mates Rates in New Zealand.


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Mental Health

Perinatal in Practice: Managing Perinatal Mood Disorders in General Practice

Saturday 10th September 9am - 4.45pm (8.45am registration) at General Practice Victoria, Level 4, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton. This workshop aims to introduce GPs to the current understanding of perinatal mood disorders and their management, using lecture, cast studies and interactive exercises. Enquiries: Anne Diamond on 0409 186 310 or Email: See flyer for registration.


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News for Practice Staff

August Newsletters

The Benchmarque newsletter

The APNA newsletter


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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


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:


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


Richmond - FT/PT VR GP required for accredited, computerised, non corporate practice. Private billing, great remuneration. RN support and onsite Pathology. Sessions negotiable. Fantastic team and working environment. Please contact Rhonda 03 9421 4888 or 0422 313 000 or email


Practice Staff

Heidelberg and Bundoora clinics - Part-time permanent medical receptionist needed with experience in medical software. Please email cv to:

Positions wanted

Practice Staff

NE Valley area - Casual reception position wanted. Previous experience, happy to be on call. Currently studying 1st year bachelor of nursing and wanting to gain experience in general practice setting. Contact Jessica on 0450 592 449.


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Unusual funeral

A man was leaving a cafe when he noticed an unusual funeral. A funeral coffin was followed by a second one. Behind the second coffin was a solitary man walking with a black dog. Behind him was a queue of 200 men walking in a single line.

The man couldn't stand his curiosity. He approached the man walking with the dog, "I am so sorry to disturb you, but I've never seen a funeral like this with so many of you walking in a single line. Whose funeral is it?"

The man replied, "That first coffin is for my wife."

"What happened to her?"

"My dog attacked and killed her."

"Well, who is in the second coffin?”

"My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog attacked and killed her also."

A thoughtful moment of silence passes between the two men. Then the first one asks in excitement, "Can I borrow the dog?“

The man replied, "Join the queue”


Editor’s note:

As you may have noticed the quality of the jokes is slipping. If you can provide me with better ones I’d be happy to publish them.


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And remember


            …A calendar's days are numbered.