North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1131: September 21, 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                                                Understanding pain and what to do about it in less than five minutes      

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Supplementary program for Prevenar13®, ACIR and Prevenar13®, NSW cluster of oseltamivir resistant (H1N1) 2009 influenza, Newsletter           

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Veteran’s Health Week, Training grants for city GPs, GP Network News  

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter      

Paediatrics                                           NH Paediatric Outpatient Service Expands 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Understanding pain and what to do about it in less than five minutes

Sometimes you come across some little gems – in this case the Medicare Local in the Hunter Valley has produced a 5 minute video on pain and placed it on YouTube. This is an excellent practical example of collaboration between the Hunter Medicare Local and the Hunter Integrated Pain Services (HIPS) at the John Hunter Hospital. The aim of the project is to improve access to pain management in primary care.

The project began with sponsorship from the National Prescribing Service to strengthen the links between primary care and specialist pain clinic clinicians.

One of the first outcomes of this project has been the development of a short educational video “Understanding pain and what to do about it in less than five minutes”. The development of the video was seen as particularly important because it allows communication of the pain message in a clear and concise format and more importantly is one that patients are comfortable and familiar with. Additionally the benefit of a short educational video is that it provides busy clinicians with a tool that can be utilized during patient consultations.

View the video here.


NB: There will be no eNews next week.


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Continuing Professional Development

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.


Professor Louise Potvin seminar

We are pleased to bring to you a seminar by Professor Louise Potvin, from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Montreal. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 11 October 12.30-2.00pm (including a light lunch), at Health Sciences 1, Room 115. La Trobe University.  Please let me know if you want a visitor’s car parking space booked.

The seminar topic will cover governance of research partnerships, including how the Collaboratory might be governed, how priorities should be established, and research translated into practice. The goal is to help crystallise some of the issues that will contribute to the partnership’s success and the success of its research mandate.

Please inform Susan Chong,, by 6 October (Thursday), if you will be attending the seminar.


Urology in General Practice Symposium  

Saturday 15 October - UroGP2011 is a full day forum which explores complex urology health issues relevant to General Practitioners, and also touches on the latest solutions available to patients and innovative new developments in the urology field. This symposium represents Australia’s leading forum on urological health specifically for GPs, and was started in 2010 due to the vital need for GPs to understand complex urological issues.

Registration is only $99 for the day which includes complimentary parking at the Grand Hyatt and 40 CME points.

Download the registration form at


Sex Talk 2011

This remains a ‘free of charge’ professional development day for health professionals with a keen interest in sexual health / HIV matters. A light lunch is provided for the day.

Saturday 22 October 9.30am-3.30pm at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton.

Please RSVP with your name, contact details, job position and organisation to


Australian Point of Care Practitioner’s Network Webinar

Warfarin and INR; maximising effectiveness and minimising bleeding risk

Wednesday 26th October 7- 8 pm Online


Presenter: Prof. Alex Gallus, MB, BS, FRCPA, FRACP, FRCP(C); Professor of Haematology, Flinders University School of Medicine, Deputy Director of Haematology Services, SA Pathology.

Register early, as places are limited. For registration enquiries, please contact: May Siew | APPN Medical Scientist on Ph: (08) 8201 7843 | Email: or visit our website.


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Supplementary program for Prevenar13®   

The Department of Health and Ageing will be rolling out a program to provide a single supplementary dose of Prevenar13® from 1 October 2011 to those children aged between 12 and 35 months who have completed their primary pneumococcal vaccination with Prevenar7®. This will give these children protection against an additional six serotypes of pneumococcal disease.

Over the next six months the Commonwealth will notify by mail the parents of those children who are eligible for this supplementary dose of Prevenar13®. If parents or providers need further information, it will be available at


ACIR and Prevenar13®

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register or ACIR is working to ensure that all Prevenar13® data is captured when entered by providers. They have been interacting with the software providers to deal with recent issues and are also looking to capture the data which has been lodged as Prevenar7® instead of Prevenar13® by checking the batch numbers.


NSW cluster of oseltamivir resistant (H1N1) 2009 influenza

DoHA has issued an alert regarding a recently identified cluster of cases of oseltamivir resistant pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza identified in the Hunter New England area of NSW. At this stage, the trivalent seasonal vaccine remains the most effective prevention for influenza. Visit



The latest Immunisation Newsletter from Dept of Health is here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Adding medications that are not prescribed at the practice

When prescribing a medication you reach the Enter dose window where you can select:

·         Product supplied here (for samples)

·         Advised or prescribed elsewhere (e.g. by a specialist)

The problem with this is that the Quantity isn’t specified, once you complete the script. Rather than using the above 2 options, prescribe as normal and once finished prescribing remove the printer icon by double clicking on it.


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.


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Items of Interest

Veteran’s Health Week – Special Event @ BECC.

Clinicians and Practice Staff are invited to attend a presentation by Dr Richard Cash – Deputy Director Vic VVCS- ‘The Experience of Vietnam Veterans – Post Traumatic Stress Syndromes and the implications for health service delivery’. To be held on Wed 26th October 2-3pm followed by afternoon tea in the BECC Conference Room, 1231 Plenty Road Bundoora. Please RSVP to Robyn Johnson, Veteran Liaison Officer, 9495 3289 or for catering purposes.


Training grants for city GPs

The Rural Locum Education Assistance Program, jointly administered by the RACGP and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, offers financial assistance to city-based GPs who undertake emergency medicine training and commit to a 4 week (20 working days) rural general practice locum placement within 2 years. Successful applicants receive 3 days of emergency medicine training at $2000 per day. The third round of offers in this program has now opened. Places are limited, so applications will be assessed on a first-in, first-served basis. Visit or call 1800 284 732.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GPNN this week: Senate Inquiry into Mental Health Funding; Primary Care Infrastructure Grants (PCIG) – Performance Audit; AMA supports Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA); Medical advice missing from personally controlled e- health record (PCEHR) plan.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

The September newsletter is here.


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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 non computerised practices.  

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 - 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


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.


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A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah'.

The teacher asked, 'What if Jonah went to hell?'

The little girl replied, 'Then you ask him'.


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And remember


            …When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.