North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1132: October 6, 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   

HMR                                                      New Edition of MedicinesTalk

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Living with Cancer Education Program, The Brain Tumour Support Group, GP Network News          

Mental Health                                      The Open Mind Fiesta         

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Nurse Incentive Program  

NPS                                                       NPS Audits, NPS Nurse Update 2011

Paediatrics                                           Keeping your details up-to-date at the RCH, The Royal Children’s Hospital is on the move, NH Paediatric Outpatient Service Expands   

Women’s Health                                  Breast Matters General Practitioner Forum, Genetic Counselling, Mammography screening under 50% in North East Valley catchment                

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Continuing Professional Development

Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Chest Pain& Hypertension: a Diagnostic Dilemma” Speakers: Dr Louise Monk, Dr Michael Yeoh, Mr Jason Chuen, A/Prof Omar Farouque & Ms Filomena Ciavarella.

Wednesday 12th October, 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.


Osteoarthritis of the Knees & Hips - Conservative & Surgical Management

Thursday 13 October 7pm - 9.15pm Registration 6.30 at MCG, Harrison Room Level 2, Enter Gate 1 Ponsford Stand – lifts 1/2/3. Contact Lisa Monkivitch (GP Liaison – Education) Phone: 9426 8504 Email: for more information or see flyer.


Urology in General Practice Symposium  

Saturday 15 October - UroGP2011 is a full day forum which explores complex urology health issues relevant to GPs, and also touches on the latest solutions available to patients and innovative new developments in the urology field. Registration is only $99 for the day which includes complimentary parking at the Grand Hyatt and 40 CME points. Download the registration form at


Common Surgical Problems

Wednesday 19 October7.15-9.15pm (Dinner from 6.15) at Epworth Richmond, Auditorium, Level 2, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond

Contact Jenny Jones, GP Liaison on 9426 8504 or Email more information or see flyer.


Psychological approaches to managing chronic pain

Saturday 12th November at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. The St. Vincent’s Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management invites you to our unique full day education workshop. 

Approval has also been sought for ACRRM PDP, 40 Category 1 RACGP QI & CPD points.  Please refer to the brochure for workshop details and registration information.


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Workshop

Thursday 24th November 8.30am – 5pm hosted by the Austin Pain Service 

For further information: Sara Brentnall, Physiotherapy Department on (03) 9496 5461 or email


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Home Medicines Review

New Edition of MedicinesTalk

The September 2011 edition of MedicinesTalk has articles on finding information about complementary medicines, gadgets to help with medicines, what to do with unused medicines and knowing your heart and stroke risk score. See link.

Written by consumers for consumers, MedicinesTalk is a free quarterly newsletter that gives consumers reliable, accurate information and useful hints on managing their medicines. You might like to download a copy or order copies for your waiting room.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Using the Alt key for shortcuts

The tabs across the screen (Summary, Rx, Progress, Past history etc.) can be accessed by pressing Alt + 1, Alt + 2, Alt + 3 etc. It would be nicer if those tabs were numbered, e.g. 1 Summary, 2 Rx,

3 Progress) so you don’t have to count across the tabs. You will notice that the tabs have one letter underlined, e.g. Summary, Current Rx, Progress etc. Pressing the Alt key with that underlined letter will take you to that tab. Or you may be happy to just use the mouse.

Tapping the Alt key once by itself (or holding it down) will make the top menus (File, Patient, Edit etc.) display an underlined letter (File, Patient, Edit etc.) You can then press that letter to jump to that menu, displaying the drop down list. You will notice that each drop down menu item also has an underlined letter which you can access by pressing that letter. Or you may be happy to just use the mouse.


This week’s IM problem - How to find patients in a given postcode

Question: I need to know the numbers of patients in the postcodes surrounding the practice. Such information will help us apply for an overseas trained doctor.

Answer: With no patient record open:

1.      From the Search menu select Patient…

2.      Click on the Other demographic criteria button.

3.      Type the desired postcode in the Postcode box and click OK.

4.      Click on the Search button and this will give you a list of all the patients in that postcode and importantly for you, at the top of the screen, it will show the number of patients.

5.      Repeat the search for other postcodes.


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Items of Interest

Living with Cancer Education Program

For people with brain tumours - Next 4 week program will start on Thursday Oct 20th running til Nov 10th, 2011.  This is an educational information based program for people with a brain tumour and their families and/or friends.  This is a free program and will be based at the Heidelberg Repat Campus.

Enquiries/bookings: Dianne / Louise on 9496 3315 or


The Brain Tumour Support Group

For people with a diagnosis of a primary brain tumour, and their families/friends.  Next support group is: Wednesday 12th October, 11.00am – 1.00pm at Wellness Room, Level 9, Harold Stokes Building, Austin Health, Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

RSVP/Queries to Lousie Whatmore on 9496 3315 or


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GP Mental Health Funding Cuts – AMA Campaign Continues; Assessments of Financial Disadvantage under the Practice Nurse Incentive program; Draft rulings to impact on GST status of some medical services; Bulk Billing Clarification - Additional Charges; Concerns over Guild deal with Blackmores; GP Survey – e-health and information technology.


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Mental Health

The Open Mind Fiesta
Celebrating its landmark 10th anniversary, the Open Mind Fiesta has a new home along High Street, Preston, with fun and delightful festivities planned for the entire community as part of Mental Health Week. Live music, performers, local businesses, community groups, craft stalls, children’s rides, and fabulous food will be showcased in this street festival with a difference. 
The Open Mind Fiesta brings thousands of people together to show their support for the one in five people in Australia with mental illness.

Brought to you by Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Sunday 16 October 11am-5pm at High St Preston, between Bruce St and Murray Rd
For more information, go to    


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News for Practice Staff

Practice Nurse Incentive Program - applications now being accepted

Applications for the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) are now being accepted.  Application forms are available from

Practices wishing to apply for the PNIP, grandparenting, top-up or accreditation assistance will need to fill out the application form and provide the requested documentation to Medicare.  Practices already participating in the Practice Incentives Program, Practice Nurse Incentive are also required to apply for the PNIP.

Medicare will advise practices in writing of receipt on their application form.  All applications received will be assessed for eligibility from 1 January 2012.

For more information about the PNIP email or call 1800 222 032 (call charges may apply) between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).


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National Prescribing Service

NPS Audits

The last paper audit titled ‘Clinical Audit: Safe & Effective Use of Antipsychotic therapy’ is still open for enrolment.  Note data from ONLY 10 patients  is required.  Initial patient data needs to be submitted by Friday October 2011. See this link for more information and see this link to enrol.


NPS Nurse Update 2011

A nurse update is available for nurses on the NPS website. You may wish to subscribe to this service so that you do not miss out on future publications. The September 2011 issue covers the following topics:

·         Supporting people taking antipsychotics

·         Patients with chronic conditions need help to deal with their workload

·         Some ingredients in medicines can have more than the desired effect

·         Smart phones become wise phones with the NPS Medicines List iPhone app

·         Learn about your medicines in 10 different languages


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Keeping your details up-to-date at the RCH

Do your patients really know all your details? When your patients attend hospital, they are required to provide GP details.  Finding a patient’s GP & correct address can double the time taken to register a patient coming to hospital but when you ARE correctly identified as the patient’s GP you will receive OPD letters & discharge summaries.

Please give your patients your business card and ask them to keep it with their Medicare Card or the details on their phone. Ask them to present it every time they attend hospital to ensure accurate details are recorded therefore preventing time consuming errors or follow up. Please also make sure your details are up-to-date on the Human Services Directory - used by most hospitals through-out Victoria. See:


The Royal Children’s Hospital is on the move

o   Wednesday 30 November is Patient Move Day for the new Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). Inpatients will be moved in one day, mid-week in daylight hours.

o   Referral process will stay the same: You can continue your current referral processes.  A referral form is available on the RCH GP website.

o   To find out more:


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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Women’s Health

Breast Matters General Practitioner Forum

This two hour forum presented by the Australian Society for Breast Disease will provide general practitioners the opportunity for a clinical update on best practice assessment, diagnosis and management of breast cancer. Speakers include Dr Jacqui Thomson (Medical Oncologist), Miss Melanie Walker (Breast Surgeon) and Dr Sue Fraser, Breast Physician. Wednesday 5th of October at Hilton on the Park, East Melbourne. For more information or to register see flyer or contact Jessica at MGPN on 9347 1188 or email


Genetic Counselling

Royal Women’s Hospital CPD session for GPs, shared maternity care affiliates and other health professionals. An overview of the screening and diagnostic testing to consider when a woman is pregnant or considering pregnancy. Speaker: Ms Erica Brown, Genetic Counsellor at RWH.

Tuesday 11 October 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm (Light refreshments 30 minutes prior).   The Royal Women's Hospital: Cnr Grattan St and Flemington Rds Parkville. Seminar Room 7D, 7th Floor. RSVP: By 3 days prior to session to Madeleine Whinney on 8345 3070 or email: 

RACGP CPD points: Applied for (4 category 2 points). These points will also contribute to 2014-2016 reaccreditation as a shared maternity care affiliate GP at RWH.


Mammography screening under 50% in North East Valley catchment

BreastScreen Victoria is currently developing online GP recommendation forms and also offering GPs the opportunity to receive their patients’ routine screening results electronically. With both these initiatives rolled out over the next two months it is hoped that suburbs within the North East Valley Division catchment will see an improvement in screening participation rates. Suburbs including Thornbury, Heidelberg West, Plenty & Lower Plenty all have BreastScreen participation rates under 50% despite BreastScreen Victoria providing extra appointments across the state. More than half the number of women aged 50-69 living in these suburbs are not having a screening mammogram even though early detection saves lives. 

Carol Whitehead, local information officer, can support your practice with resources and information and can be contacted on 9288 2100. Appointments are available at Fitzroy (St Vincent’s Health), Heidelberg (Austin Health Repat Campus), Greensborough and can be made by calling 13 20 50.


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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


Diamond Creek Medical Centre- Opportunity for FT &PT VR GP to join a supportive and friendly medical Clinic. FT Nurse, computerized. No A/Hs, mixed billing. Good remuneration. Contact: Lina Rogers on 9438 1911 or 0407 119 780


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

Doutta Galla Community Health Service, Medical Clinic, Kensington - Credentialed Mental Health Nurse wanted to participate in Chronic Disease and Metabolic Disorders Management of Mental Health Clients, with a special interest in working with marginalised communities including Youth, Young Adults, Refugee and CALD communities. The nursing team includes: Clinic, Chronic Disease Management Specialist, Community Health, Refugee Health and two Mental Health Nurses. Salary packaging available. Enquires to Ms Janina De Silva on (03) 8378 1600 or email for a position description:


Heidelberg area - Div 1 Practice Nurse required 3 days, permanent/part time Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9-5.30. Please apply online at: by 17th October 2011.


North Eastern suburbs - receptionist required. West Heidelberg Medical Holdings is seeking a mature person for permanent part-time work for weekdays and on Saturday mornings 9am - 12 pm. Must also be flexible to cover for holidays etc.  Medical reception experience preferable.  Please forward your resume to Ruth at


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