North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1126: August 18, 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                                Indigenous PIP Online Cultural Awareness Training, Austin Health AHLO

Chronic Disease Management            Inflammatory Arthritis         

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Whooping Cough Website Launched, Online Vaccination Website

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  WorkSafe Awards, GP Network News         

News for Practice Staff                       The Practice Nurse Incentive Program       

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Aboriginal Health

Indigenous PIP Online Cultural Awareness Training

The RACGP is upgrading its online educational portal, gplearning. As part of this process, ClinEd will no longer be active. However, following the upgrade, ClinED learners will be able to access learning activities via gplearning.

If you have commenced your online cultural awareness training via ClinEd but have not yet completed it, you will need to complete it before 28 August 2011, otherwise your progress will be lost. ClinED users are also advised to print any completion certificates before this date for their own records. Following a short close down period of gplearning during August and September, pre-existing ClinED learners will be able to access gplearning from about mid-September 2011.

If you have any queries, please contact the Helpdesk on 1800 284 789 or email


Austin Health AHLO

Just a reminder that if any of your Aboriginal patients are also patients of Austin Health, as part of the Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program, Austin employs an Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO). Click here for more information. Contact details are:

Suzanne Nelson. Phone 9496 5638, pager 1864. Contact Hours 8am-5pm Monday—Friday


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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


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Continuing Professional Development

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.


iPad in General Practice

Wednesday 14th September 6:30 pm-9pm (Dinner & Registration from 6:30 pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. How the iPad can be used in a clinical and professional setting. Includes small groups. BYO iPad (if you have one). Presented by: Dr Lindsey Hyde, Dr Peter Eizenberg and the NEVDGP Board. Flyer


Performing a Healthy Kids Check

Thursday September 15th, 7-9pm (dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House. Presenter: Dr Karyn Alexander. Event open to practices within the NEV catchment only. Check CPD calendar on website for flier. Further enquiries phone Noel or Wendy on 9496 4333.


Coming events

Wednesday 21st September – Practice Nurse Incentive Progam. See under News for Practice Staff

Thursday 22nd September – RACGP Update on the Transition to the 4th Edition Standards commencing November 2011.

Flyers for these events will be available soon on the website under CPD.


Skin cancer active learning module for GPs
Skin cancers are by far the most common cancers managed by GPs. Tragically skin cancer remains one of Australia's most preventable cancer and over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.
A new online active learning module (ALM) created by Cancer Council Victoria (SunSmart and GP programs), in conjunction with ThinkGP has been launched to assist GPs in the prevention, early detection and management of skin cancer.
The online course comprises of three modules - biopsy techniques, skin cancer prevention and vitamin D awareness, diagnosis and management of non-melanoma skin cancers and diagnosis and management of melanoma. The new Category 1, RACGP accredited ALM is available on the Think GP website at and is suitable for GPs across Australia.


Dizziness and Vertigo and The Gritty, Itchy Eye

Thursday 15th September 6:30 pm-9:00 pm (Dinner & Registration from 6:30 pm) - presented by Dr David Szmulewicz and Dr Elise Chan. Target Group: GPs. Venue: Lucy Jones Hall (entrance off Albert St) Eye and Ear Hospital, Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. Application Form


Training Program for Opioid Dependence

Sunday 16 October, 8.45am – 4.30pm - Improve your knowledge and skills in managing problematic pharmaceutical opioid use - at General Practice Victoria, 458 Swanston St, Carlton. Flyer


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Whooping Cough Website Launched 

Australian healthcare professionals, public health workers and patients now have another weapon in the fight against whooping cough, with the launch of

The site has been developed to offer an easy to use and interactive tools such as an Australian map with information tailored by State, a 10 question quiz and Facebook sharing in order to help spread the message.

In response to the pertussis outbreak, several Australian States have implemented adult pertussis vaccination programs to help cocoon babies who are too young to be adequately protected, with each State having different eligible groups, providers and program dates.

Families who have grandparents living in another State of Australia will also benefit from the site, as now all the information needed for state specific vaccination programs can be found in one place.

The site also features a video to help users recognise the symptoms of whooping cough and appreciate the seriousness of the disease.


Online Vaccination Website - an online vaccination portal includes travel knowledge and resources.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Remove or inactivate patients with no clinical data

This is a function of the Maintenance Program. You can inactivate the patients and this is a one-step process. To remove them is a two-step process – step 1 inactivate, step 2 remove.

1.    Open  HCN Maintenance and under Database Tasks select Medical Director and then double click on the Inactivate / Activate patients button.

2.    Click on the “Set patients with no…” button. And then click OK.

3.    Once this is completed you can remove the patients completely by clicking on the second radio button – “Remove Inactive…”


This week’s IM problem - Excluding patients from receiving reminders

Question: When patients register their details at the front desk they are given the option of refusing to have reminders sent to them (called recalls in MD). How do I easily exclude these patients from receiving reminder letters?

Answer: The trick is to make it as clear a possible on the patient screen so the clinicians are reminded not to set up a recall/reminder.  The simplest way is to put it in Warnings (e.g. type in “No reminders”) but if there are multiple warnings I suggest you separate individual warnings by a comma, so they appear on the same line. If you press Enter after each warning, the second and subsequent warnings disappear from the screen and can only be seen by clicking on the down arrow of the drop down list.


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Items of Interest

WorkSafe Awards

Calling all doctorsWorkSafe wants to recognise your great work in helping injured workers back to work (WorkSafe Awards 2011)
For the first time the annual WorkSafe Awards have been expanded to recognise and reward excellence in the area of return to work, including a category for treating health practitioner excellence. This award recognises a treating health practitioner’s outstanding achievements in returning an injured worker(s) to safe and sustainable work in the last 12 months. If this sounds like you, or someone you know we would love to hear from you.  
Nominations are made entirely on-line and take no more than 15-20mins. Visit here to apply today.
Nominations for the treating health practitioner return to work excellence award category close on the 31st of August 2011, so be quick!
If you need any more information or help completing your nomination please contact Danielle Jacobs on 9940 4283 or email .


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GPNN this week: GP Registrars part of 2011 AMA Safe Hours Audit; Productivity Commission Inquiry Report – Caring for Older Australians; AMA Strongly Supports National Disability Insurance Scheme; Red Tape Survey – CLOSES 19 AUGUST; Sign the Online Petition Opposing GP Mental Health Funding Cuts; OnePath Life Insurance.


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News for Practice Staff

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program

Wednesday 21st September 7 – 9 pm. Understand the criteria for practices to access the PNIP and resources to support this new program. Presented by Lynne Walker, Principal Network Adviser, AGPN. Flyer available soon on website under CPD. For further information and/or clarification contact Noel or Wendy at the division.


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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


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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New A B C's

After being married for thirty years....a wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her slowly...then said, "You're A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H.... I, J, K."

She asks..... "What does that mean?"

He said, "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, Hot.

She smiled happily and said...."Oh, that's so lovely.....

What about I, J, K?"

He said, "I'm Just Kidding!"


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And remember


            …The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.