North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1130: September 15, 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                                                Next week’s eNews  

Aged Care                                             Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program Payment

Chronic Disease Management            Help shape new Heart Foundation resources         

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       When can you start the Infant’s Primary Immunisation Schedule?

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips, eHealth Survey

Items of interest                                  Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Do you need to renew your registration? Know your stroke risk, Referral Writer, Radiology quiz,           North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service, Northern Health MBS (Bulk Bill) Clinics, Somali MyTime Group, GP Network News

Paediatrics                                           Accidents and emergencies in children      

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Next week’s eNews will be on Wednesday 21st Sept.


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Aged Care

Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program Payment

The CVC Program is a positive step to improve the wellbeing and quality of care for chronically ill Gold Card holders. The program will pay General Practitioners and nursing providers to coordinate care for Gold Card holders who are at risk of hospitalisation.

More information can be found here.

The Guide for general practice can be found here.

The first training module for GPs, practice nurses and community nurses is now available online.


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Chronic Disease Management

Help shape new Heart Foundation resources

The Heart Foundation is looking for general practitioners and practice nurses to help develop new health professional resources and tools. If you are in the Melbourne area and would like to be involved in a focus group, please email your name and contact number to Paige Bolton


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Continuing Professional Development

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.


Making an Impact on Cardiovascular Disease- A key role for General Practice Workshop.

This one day workshop especially for GPs and Practice Nurses will provide an opportunity to improve knowledge, skills and promote a best practice approach in the early detection, diagnosis and management of people with, or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Completion of all education components (including pre and post activity) of this active learning module (ALM) will offer RACGP QI&CPD Program participants 40 Category 1 points.  Speakers include Associate Professor Andrew Wilson, Dr Ralph Audehm, and Professor Geoffrey Head.

Saturday 8th of October 8:30 am- 4pm at Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville To register see flyer, or for more information contact Jessica at MGPN on 9347 1188 or email


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When can you start the Infant’s Primary Immunisation Schedule?

Due to the high incidence of pertussis, the two month old primary vaccine schedule can commence from six weeks of age.

‘In view of the high morbidity and mortality associated with pertussis in infants aged <6 months, it is very important that the first few doses of vaccine be given on time. The 1st dose of vaccine is immunogenic from the age of six weeks, and, during pertussis epidemics, it may be recommended to start the 1st dose as early as six weeks of age, if possible.’ Source.

All scheduled vaccine doses of RotaTeq®, Infanrix hexa® and Prevenar 13® should be administered at the same time if an infant presents for immunisation at six weeks of age as long as there is no contraindication. The family should then be advised to return for the next scheduled vaccines at four and six months of age. Source.

RCH have adopted the early commencement for 1st schedule at 6 weeks routinely since April this year in response to the current Pertussis epidemic.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Using Autotext in Medical Director

Frequently used text can be saved in the Letter Writer as Auto Text. For example in a GP Management Plan or TCA you may have disease specific goals (as in diabetes). You set these up as Autotext instead of typing out the same thing all the time.

1.             While in a patient record open LetterWriter.

2.             From the Edit menu select Auto Text.

3.             Click on the Add button and type in: Maintain glycosylated haemoglobin less than 8% and when prompted type in with the shortcut gh Click on Available to all doctors button if you want to share this shortcut with other doctors of the practice. Click on the OK button

4.             Once back in LetterWriter type the shortcut gh and a yellow box will appear containing the Autotext entry.  Pressing ENTER will insert the Auto Text at the text cursor position. To disregard the Auto Text, continue typing as normal.


This week’s IM problem - How to add recall doctor to recall template

Question: Do you know how to add in the doctor’s name on the recall letters when we generate recall letters for care plans/health assessments etc.?

Answer: Yes you can add the recall doctor’s name. You can even go that one step further and include the recall date (although if the one patient has more than one recall, it doesn’t put both dates in). You need to modify your recall template by adding fields as shown below.

Dear <<Patient Demographics:Greeting>>

Our records show that you are due for recall for the following reason:

<<Mail Merge:Recall Reason>> with <<Mail Merge:Recall Doctor>>.

Could you please ring this surgery to arrange an appointment.

How to do it

1.      Open LetterWriter and from the File menu select Modify Template… – find your Recall Letter and open it.

2.      Insert the cursor after <<Mail Merge:Recall Reason>>  and press the spacebar.

3.      Under the Template Fields of the Data Toolbar click on the + sign next to Mail Merge and double click on Recall Doctor – this will insert the field. Remember to add a full stop after the inserted field.

4.      Press Control + S to save this new version of the template.


eHealth Survey

The Divisions network is supporting the Department of Health and Ageing to understand the use of eHealth and information technology in the provision of health care. Results will, together with other information, inform decisions to improve the quality and sustainability of healthcare in Australia, as well as inform support needed for general practices to implement the forthcoming Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record.

Information will be collected through a 20 minute national survey conducted online or via telephone for which participating general practitioners will be offered $80 in appreciation of their time.

The North East Valley Division of General Practice encourages you to use this opportunity to have your voice heard. Please follow this link, or contact Rodika on 02 8012 9582 to register your interest to participate.


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Items of Interest

Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Friday 23rd September 9.30am-12.30pm (Registration from 9.15am) at Austin Hospital - Education Centre (Lecture Theatre - Level 4 )

This free information session for health professionals will be conducted by a medical oncologist, psychologist and social worker from the onTrac@PeterMac - Vic Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service. The session will provide information on understanding the impact of a cancer diagnosis on a young person; how to communicate, engage and negotiate with a younger person and how to deal with topics like consent and confidentiality and talking about sex.

Registration essential by Friday 16 September. Contact Anna Mascitti on 9496 3261 or via email


Do you need to renew your registration?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia are reminding doctors due to renew their registration by 30 September, to renew online, on time. Late fees apply to applications received after 30 September. Doctors who do not apply to renew by 31 October will have to reapply for registration. Check your renewal date on the register of practitioners at Check your renewal application has been received via online services at


Know your stroke risk

Every six seconds someone, somewhere, regardless of age or gender, will die from stroke. Knowing your stroke risk, however, can help you take action to reduce the chances of this happening to you. See here for the Northern Health Media Release.


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


Radiology quiz

Lightbox Radiology has a new radiology quiz into your e-newsletter or fax. You are invited to get involved and have the chance to win an exciting range of prizes! Questions will focus on diagnosing pathology in plain film radiographs. The quizzes will appear on our facebook events page with answers to be submitted via email to A fun and interactive way for GPs to test out their radiology interpretation skills. The winner of quiz 1 will receive an iPad2! Entries for quiz 1 close 31st Dec 2011.


North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service

The NEMICS September newsletter is available on the website:


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, go to Specialist Clinics.


Somali MyTime Group

MyTime is a group for Somali women caring for children with disability and chronic medical conditions. It is a space for women to share their experience and get support.

Tuesdays 9am-11.30am (commencing the 13th of September 2011). Banyule Community Health Centre, 21 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg.

Contact Bisharo Nur or Bianca DeToma Tuesday 9-12.30 on 9450 2000.


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.


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Accidents and emergencies in children – GP update / upskilling

Thursday 29th September 7-9pm at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Speakers: Drs Simon Young, Peter Barnett and Cath Bevan.

Learning areas include: common sporting injuries, children’s wounds, lacerations and head injuries. Changes to paediatric basic life support. Fever in children and the impact of the pneumococcal vaccine.

This is the last Practical Paediatrics Program GP education from the RCH until mid 2012 (due to hospital move).

More information and online registration:


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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 - Opportunity for FT & PT VR GP to join one of Melbourne’s most famous practices in 2012. Modern, large supportive group (10 GPs), FT nurses, computerized, CDMs, no A/Hs, friendly, flexible, mixed billing. Good remuneration. Contact:- Dr.Stephen Smith or Dr.David Doig on 9499 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

Glen Waverley - A part-time position exists for an RN Division 1 Practice Nurse in a caring, friendly, busy family general practice in Glen Waverley. Hours and remuneration negotiable.  The position would suit a person seeking part time hours, or perhaps one who is already employed but seeks further hours. Experience preferred, but applicants without experience would also be considered. Please contact mobile 0414 843 911.

Positions wanted

Banyule/Nillumbik region - Practice Nurse position required by Div 1 nurse. Previous experience in GP practices conducting respiratory assessments including spirometry and patient education. Proficient in wound care and has been a Diabetes Consultant. Also worked in Mental Health and has been a Nurse Educator, worked in Pathology, been an ED nurse for 17 years and worked in ICU and CCU, and can conduct and interpret ECG's. Call Gaye on 0404 065 741.


Nurse Specialist Service - Care Plans and Health Assessments including all CDM allied health referrals and recalls professionally completed by a Nurse Specialist. Our prompt, confidential service can be conducted in the clinic using your preferred patient management program or as a home visit with documentation using standard Division templates. Small and large lists accepted. Enquiries to or call on 0448 681 048.


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What do you get when you combine Aricept and Viagra?


-A night to remember


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And remember


            …The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.