North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1133: October 13, 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   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Veteran’s Health Week, Brain Tumour Awareness Week, GP Network News         

Mental Health                                      Psychodynamic Principles for General Practitioners Workshop     

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Nurse Incentive Program, APNA has 3 new courses         

Paediatrics                                           The Royal Children’s Hospital is on the move         

Women’s Health                                                       

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Continuing Professional Development

Primary Care Asthma Update

Wednesday 26th October 7-9pm (registration from 6.30) at Melbourne General Practice Network, Suite 9, 233 Cardigan St, Carlton. Topics include the Asthma Cycle of Care, Pediatric Asthma, Use of Inhaler devices and Practical tips for Asthma Management. For more information see flyer or contact Talitha or Jessica on 9347 1188 or email


The Australian Point of Care Practitioner’s Network

The Australian Point of Care Practitioner’s Network (APPN) provides online training, certification and professional development for all Point of Care Testing (PoCT) operators. Visit the website at and register (free), to gain access to useful resources such as: information on selection of an analyser; clinical and technical resources on anticoagulation INR, diabetes and lipids which includes on-line training videos, clinical presentations, competency tests and webinars.

Modules endorsed by RACGP and RCNA for CPD are found on the web. This program is funded by DoHA.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Australian Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Calculator

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) is an alliance of four leading and well-known Australian medical/research organisations: Diabetes Australia, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Kidney Health Australia and the National Stroke Foundation.

The absolute risk calculator available on this website is based on the NVDPA guidelines and can be accessed by going to:

You are able to add the website to the Custom Web buttons of Medical Director:

1.      From the Tools menu select Options (with or without a patient record open).

2.      In either  the Custom Web button Caption (No. 1 or 2) type in AACVDC and for the URL type in:

3.      You can access this website from the bottom of the patient screen by clicking once on the AACVDC button.

If you would like more information about this tool, which is discussed in the current divisional NPS visiting program titled  ‘CVD Risk:  Guiding lipid therapy” and you are not a regular participant in this program, please call Dr Mary Levidiotis on 9496 4333.


This week’s IM problem - How to find patients who have had a splenectomy

Question: How, using the Clinical Audit Tool, do I generate a list of patients who have had a splenectomy

Answer: This is not a function of the CAT. Use Medical Director instead.

1.      With no patient record open, select Search >Patient…

2.      Under Drug/Condition select Condition and type in SPLEN and select Splenectomy and click on Search.

3.      Your list of Splenectomy patients will appear.

Note: the accuracy of the result is dependent on how well the condition has been recorded.


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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 Wednesday 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.


Brain Tumour Awareness Week: Oct 30th – Nov 5th

“Brain Tumours - What’s going on…..?

Wednesday November 2nd 6- 8pm at Austin Health, Level 4, Education Precinct. Presenters include Dr Lawrence Cher, Dr Terry Johns, Dr Hui Gan & Dianne Legge.

An information session on current developments & ideas in brain tumour care for anyone with a personal or professional interest in primary brain tumours.

RSVP:  Dianne /Lousie - 9496 3315 or Belinda - 9496 5763 


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

Psychodynamic Principles for General Practitioners Workshop

Saturday 19 November, Saturday 10 December 8.45 am - 5.00 pm at Seasons Botanic Gardens, 348 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Flyer

Approved by the GPMHSC - completion of this activity will fulfil the mental health CPD requirement for registered providers of FPS in the 2011–2013 triennium.

This full day workshop is designed to impart a detailed understanding of psychodynamic principles and their application in the treatment of common problems via focused psychological therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy and interpersonal therapy. Knowledge of these principles assists GPs to increase their understanding of what patients are experiencing and how they can be helped. Topics covered in this workshop include transference, counter transference, addiction and depression.


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News for Practice Staff

Practice Nurse Incentive Program

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

Practices wishing to apply for the PNIP, grand-parenting, 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).


APNA has 3 new courses

Available now at APNA Online Learning Portal. Click on the title of the course you would like to find out more information on. Palliative Care,  STI and Blood Borne Viruses,  Solar damage, prevention and screening


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The Royal Children’s Hospital is on the move

·           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.

·           A wayfinding strategy has been developed for the new hospital, making it easy for patients, families and staff to find their way around.

·           Patients and families will be briefed prior to the Move.

·           To find out more:


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Women’s Health

Evening Pap Test Clinic
Mercy Hospital for Women has received funding from PapScreen Victoria to extend its Pap test services between 10 October and 1st December 2011.

A special evening clinic is being set up so women of all ages can book in for a check up. Located on the sixth floor of the hospital within Specialist Gynaecological Services, the Pap Test Clinic is managed by female Pap Test Providers.

To book, please call the Pap Test Clinic on 8458 4880. These extra services will be available until 1st December 2011.


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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.


Practice Staff

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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Two Large Plastic Garbage Bags

A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two large plastic garbage bags behind her. One of the bags rips, and every once in a while a $20 bill falls out onto the footpath.
Noticing this, a policeman stops her, and says, "Ma'am, there are $20 bills falling out of your bag."

"Oh, really? Darn!" said the little old lady. "I'd better go back, and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me."
"Well, now, not so fast," says the cop. "How did you get all that money? You didn't steal it, did you?"
"Oh, no", said the little old lady. "You see, my back yard is right next to the Collingwood Football Club parking lot. On game days, a lot of fans come and pee through the fence into my flower garden. So, I stand behind the fence with my hedge clippers. Each time some guy sticks his thing through the fence, I say, '$20 or off it comes'.
"Well, that seems only fair" laughs the cop. "OK. Good luck! Oh, by the way, what's in the other bag?"
"Well, you know, not everybody pays."


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