North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1127: August 25, 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:

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation of International Students and their families

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Health Benefits of Work, Papscreen Victoria Directory     

News for Practice Staff                       Daytime Bladder Dysfunction in Children, RCNA Government Scholarships, University of Melbourne PN Education - scholarships available, APNA Jobs Site   

Paediatrics                                           RCH Grand Rounds online, Daytime Bladder Dysfunction in Children       

Women’s Health                                  Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes: Impact on Mother and Baby  

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


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. Flyer. Further enquiries phone Noel or Wendy on 9496 4333.


NEMICS Annual Forum

Tuesday 30th August 6 - 8pm Registration 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.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Cardiac arrests, ACLS and the Austin Health Resuscitation Plan” Speakers: Dr Daryl Jones, Intensive Care physician, and Dr Karen Detering, Respiatory physician.

Wednesday 31st 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.


Hepatitis C and its treatment

Tuesday 6th September 7-9:30pm (Registration & Dinner from 6:30pm) at The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville. Flyer.

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Immunisation of International Students and their families

Department of Health is aware that the 'Criteria for use of government vaccine' pertaining to international students and their families may require clarification.
In Victoria international students and their accompanying family members are not eligible for vaccines funded through the National Immunisation Program. Also ineligible are tourists, Work or other temporary visa holders and ‘Reciprocal’ Medicare card holders.
The 'Criteria' can be downloaded here. The exception to these rules is the funded Boostrix for new parents. This is free to all new parents.

Contact the Department of Health Immunisation Section on 1300 882 008 if you have any questions.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Using outstanding actions

Some GPs find annoying the Outstanding actions that pops up when opening a patient record. Creating an item for the Actions list, however, can be a convenient way of giving the practitioner a specific prompt/reminder, clinical or otherwise, when you next see the patient.

1.      When in a patient record  go to the Clinical menu and select Action List…

2.      Click on the Add button and either add an item from the drop down list or free type your action.

3.      Next time you open the patient record (at their next visit) the Outstanding actions window will pop up. You need to now delete the Action.

Remember, however, that items can be added to the patient Action List by other means, such as Urgent Pathology.


This week’s IM problem - Excluding deceased patients from recall lists

Question:  How do I remove recalls/urgent results from deceased patients’ files so that they do not keep appearing in our printed recall lists?

Answer:  When a patient is correctly deceased in MD they do not appear on recall lists. I therefore think you may not be deceasing the patient. Even if you “decease” a patient in your practice management software they also need to be deceased in Medical Director (except MD3/Pracsoft 3).

1.      Call up the list of patients (press <F2> if necessary).

2.      Type in the first few letters of the deceased’s surname and select the name from the list. Click on the Delete button (or press the Delete key on the keyboard). Click on the Mark as deceased button.

3.      Type in the date of death (if known) and click OK.


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Items of Interest

Health Benefits of Work

How good is your knowledge about the evidence base on the health benefits of work? And do you know how GPs and PNs can best assist patients to successfully return to work? This evidence base is presented in an Australasian Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work developed by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. For more information see:

General Practice Victoria is supporting the campaign by coordinating the distribution of the materials through the divisions of general practice. Practices can expect a package of information in the week 12-17 September. If you have any queries contact Dan Miles at General Practice Victoria on 9341 5252 or


Papscreen Victoria Directory

Papscreen Victoria is the first port of call for Victorian women trying to find a Pap test provider. They use the directory at to: Locate their nearest Pap test provider by postcode or suburb; Search for a clinic by language spoken; Find a clinic with a female GP or nurse; Search for practices with disability access.

PapScreen Victoria recently mailed all general practices, community health centres and Aboriginal health services in Victoria, requesting that any service offering Pap tests update their clinic details at our online directory on the PapScreen website. To update your clinic’s details go to: before 9 September.

Contact Suzanna Zhang at or call 03 9635 5697 for more information.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GPNN this week: AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton Speech to the AMA Parliamentary Dinner – the Unfinished Business of Health Reform; GP Online Red Tape Survey – Ends at Midnight Tonight; GP Mental Health Funding Cuts Campaign; Professional Services Review (PSR) New Acting Director; 2011 AMA Safe Hours Audit; Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) seeking EOI for Membership of Advisory Committees; AMA American Express Card.


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News for Practice Staff

Daytime Bladder Dysfunction in Children

See under Paediatrics. Practice nurses may be interested in this workshop as it might help those doing 4 year old health checks.


RCNA Government Scholarships

The Royal College of Nursing Australia Government Scholarships are now available and there is funding under the Post Graduate Scheme to support enrolled and registered nurses and midwives to undertake postgraduate studies.

This can be undertaken at an Australian university or registered training organisation under the Continuing Professional Development Scheme to support nurses and midwives completing short courses and conferences.

Support is also offered to nurses working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) and Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS).

Applications will close 16 September 2011. All details are provided on the RCNA website.


University of Melbourne PN Education - scholarships available

The University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice has invested in practice nurses by developing the Certificate/Diploma of Primary Care Nursing delivered by distance education. The Commonwealth government has recently announced financial assistance in the form of a scholarship worth up to a total of $15,000 per year for up to two years full time study or $7,500 per year for up to four years part time study. We encourage nurses to apply for a scholarship and enrol in the Certificate or Diploma of Primary Care Nursing course.

Scholarship details: Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme: Postgraduate are available at the following website:

Further details: or call Ms Bernie Cooper, course administrator on 03 8344 7275.


The Australian Practice Nurse Association Launches New Jobs Website.

The APNA Jobs Site is now live. This forum will allow you to advertise vacant positions and search for employment opportunities for nurses easily. For a limited time, it will be free to advertise so jump on and start using it now. To advertise a job you will need to click on the Employer section, register your details, and then add a job. Please select the FREE option so you don’t get charged. For any questions, comments or glitches please email  Click here to go to the APNA Jobs Site.


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RCH Grand Rounds online

Got a particular paediatric interest you’d like to know more about? The RCH is participating in a two month trial to provide their Grand Rounds Online with optional online Q&A with the expert speaker.

·         Trial open to all healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, allied health, students)

·         To get your password please send an email to  Please include your AHPRA or RACGP number and Division of General Practice.

·         See more online:

·         We eagerly seek your participation and feedback.

Launch date September 6th


Daytime Bladder Dysfunction in Children

Friday 14 October 8.15am-4pm at The Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville. For further information and registration click here.


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Women’s Health

Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes: Impact on Mother and Baby

Tuesday 30th August, 7-9pm (Registration & Refreshments from 6.30pm) at Level 4 Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg.

Prof. Michael Permezel, Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and Catharine McNamara, Diabetes Educator, Mercy Hospital for Women.

4 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2011-2013 triennium.

For further details and registration flyer click here or contact Merran Mackie on 8458 4833 or


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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.


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 - Part time receptionist required for AM shifts.  Knowledge of medical software essential. Please call 0401 032 678


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Don't mess with old dogs

An old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
The old German Shepherd thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in trouble now!"
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"
Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
"Whew!" says the panther, "That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!"
Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes and soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.
The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"
Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?" but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says...
"Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!"
Moral of this story...
Don't mess with OLD DOGS.... Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!
Cunning and brilliance only come with age and experience.


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And remember


            …Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level - then beat you with experience.