North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1128: September1, 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            “Diabetic” food products     

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Referral Writer, Supporting Someone with a Brain Tumour, Northern Health MBS (Bulk Bill) Clinics, Portal to Alcohol Counselling & Therapy,  

News for Practice Staff                       INSIG Immunisation Study Day, Leading the Way to Local Care    

Paediatrics                                           NH Paediatric Outpatient Service Expands 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

“Diabetic” food products – is there a place for them in the nutritional management for people with diabetes?

The dietary advice for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes has changed over the years. A special ‘diabetic diet’ is no longer recommended and people with diabetes do not need to avoid certain foods or purchase special ‘diabetic’ and sugar-free products. Although lower in sugar, these products can also be much higher in fat and still with the same amount of energy. The advice has now been replaced with a healthy well-balanced eating plan low in saturated fat, sodium and added sugar, and high in fibre. In fact, this is the eating plan that all Australians with or without diabetes are encouraged to follow. Whether they are sugar free or not, treats can be enjoyed occasionally in small quantities.

For more information about food choices, your patients can speak to a DA–Vic dietitian on 1300 136 588 or join one of our supermarket tours throughout Victoria (visit


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


Practice Nurse Incentive Program Information session

Wednesday 21st September 7pm-9pm (Dinner from 6.30pm) Presented by Ms Lynne Walker at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora. Flyer.


4th Edition RACGP Standards for General Practice - What’s different?

Thursday September 22nd 7pm-9pm (Dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora. Flyer.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Progress in Melanoma. What’s all the fuss about?” Speakers: Dr Steven Brown and Dr Shu Fen Wong, Oncology Registrars; Professor Jonathon Cebon, Direcrtor, Ludwig Oncology.

Wednesday 7th September, 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.


Pelvic Pain: Endometriosis and Diagnosis & Treatment of Skin Cancer

Tuesday 6th September 7.15 – 9.15pm (Registration6.30pm) at Fenix Restaurant, 680 Victoria Street, Richmond.

Speakers:  Mr Melissa Cameron and Dr Sian Fairbank. RSVP: Lisa Monkivitch Ph 9426 6553 or

4 (Cat 2) points are available at this meeting. Flyer


Mitcham Private Hospital GP Education

“Probing the Prostate and Beyond” - featuring Assoc/Prof Damien Bolton and Assoc/Prof Nathan Lawrentschuk,

Topics: Laser Surgery for Prostate - Understanding the Green light laser TURP

Use of PSA in General Practice – Current Thoughts and Controversies

Tuesday, 6th September 6.30pm at Centenove Restaurant, 109 Cotham Rd Kew. A two course dinner will be served.

“Speed dating the Specialists” – an innovative and entertaining new education format, featuring 12 new specialists across a broad range of specialty fields, providing current updates on hot topics relevant to General Practice!

Areas include Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Sleep Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery and more…

Thursday 15th September 6.30pm at Tendertrap Restaurant, 2/266 Blackburn Road, Doncaster East. A two course dinner will be served.

To register, please email or call Anne on 0420 895 910 for more information.  Application for Category 2 CPD points for both events submitted in the RACGP QA&CPD. Flyers available on the website:

“Kids, Cuts and Ovaries”

“Kids” Common Paediatric Presentations with Mr Peter Ferguson, Paediatric Surgeon

“Cuts” 7 things GPs need to know about Bariatric Surgery with Mr Liang Low, Advanced Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

“Ovaries” – PCOs and Fertility with Dr Roshan Shamon, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist.

Tuesday, 13 September 6.30pm at Hotel Bruce County 445 Blackburn Road, Mt Waverley. A two course dinner will be served.

To register, please email or call Anne on 0420 895 910 for more information.  Application for Category 2 CPD points (or Category 1 if done as part of existing ALM) submitted in the RACGP QA&CPD. Flyer available here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Emphasising important points in the Progress Notes

Simply highlight the important words you wish to emphasise and from the colour palette select red. This now gives a visual emphasis to those more important points of the Progress Notes, making a scan read of the notes that little bit easier.


This week’s IM problem - Editing a deceased patient’s record

Question:  How do I restore a deceased patient file so that I can access their record? My problem is that when I print Urgent and Discuss lists of Investigations the deceased patients name are also in the lists. I want to restore the record so that I can mark the result as notified.

Answer:  You do no need to reactivate a deceased patient’s file in order to view it, or indeed add to the record. You simply need to know how to call up the deceased patient’s record and then edit that record.

To view and edit a deceased patient’s record

1.      From the Main menu: PatientList…

2.      From the View menu select Deceased patients.

3.      Highlight the patient whose record you wish to view and from the File menu select Open.

4.      You are now allowed to edit the patient record, and in your case, mark the result as Notified.


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Items of Interest

Referral Writer

Curtin University is testing an innovative software program, the Referral Writer, which aims to provide an efficient and easy to use tool for generating referrals. Help test its effectiveness. The study can be completed entirely online, in your own time and GPs are paid for participation (up to $600 per GP). For more details contact or see here.


Supporting Someone with a Brain Tumour: Demystifying Palliative Care

The forum will be held on Thursday September 15th from 6pm – 8pm (light meal at 5.30pm) at Room 4.6, Education Precinct, Level 4, Austin Tower, Austin Hospital and is open to anyone who is supporting or caring for someone who has a brain tumour.

Bookings are essential by Tuesday 13th September to Tammy - 9496 3799 or Dianne - 9496 3315


Northern Health MBS (Bulk Bill) Clinics

Referrals to these clinics must be addressed to a specific consultant to enable Northern Health to properly claim MBS funding.  This is in addition to clinic name, GP provider number and patient Medicare number.  This requirement will apply to most Northern Health clinics as the majority are MBS.  Consultant names and MBS clinic listings are located on, go to GP ACCESS then to Specialist Clinics.


Portal to Alcohol Counselling & Therapy (PACT)

A service for GPs provided by DACAS (Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service). This service is to assist GP’s in referring clients with alcohol problems. See pamphlet.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GPNN this week: AMA Supports Veteran Health Care Program; AMA resources for medical fees; Health Care of Asylum Seekers and Refugees – Updated Position Statement; GP Mental Health Funding Cuts Campaign; New online training helps GPs deliver best skin cancer advice; Pick up a free day on Hertz;


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News for Practice Staff


Practice Nurse Incentive Program Information session

4th Edition RACGP Standards for General Practice - What’s different?

See under CPD.


INSIG Immunisation Study Day

Friday 30th September 9am-4.30pm (Registrations 8am) at Grand Hyatt, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne. Flyer. Registration.


Leading the Way to Local Care

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference hosted by RCNA in Tasmania from 19-21 October. Flyer.


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NH Paediatric Outpatient Service Expands

Northern Health welcomes back Dr Jim Goutzamanis after extended leave. This has significantly reduced wait times for general paediatric services as Craigieburn Health Service is now able to offer twice weekly clinics. 

Making referrals:  Please use the VSRF. This is available as a template on the current versions of most clinical software & it will auto-populate most of the patient information required by NH. Alternatively a hard copy can be downloaded from the NH GP ACCESS web-page.  

For referral fax numbers & required referral information see go to GP access then Specialist Clinics.


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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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A man speaks frantically into the phone, 'My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart.'

'Is this her first child?' the doctor queries.

'No, you idiot.' The man shouts. 'This is her husband.'


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And remember


            …The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.