North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1137: November 10, 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   

Immunisation                                       Rubella Education Program Multilingual DVD        

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Coroners Court of Victoria - Information Days 2012,         

Mental Health                                      Prescribing Psychotropic Medications in General Practice

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Managers/Practice Nurses Final Session  

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Continuing Professional Development

Co-ordinated Veterans Care Program Information Session

Wednesday 30th November 7-9pm (Dinner & Registration from 6:30 pm) for GPs, Practice Nurses & Managers at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Application.


Safer Sex in the City: STI Update

Wednesday 23rd November 7-9pm (Registration and Refreshments from 6:30pm) at General Practice Victoria, 4th Floor, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton.

Facilitator: Dr Stella Heley: Sexual Health Physician - Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Senior Liaison Physician - Victorian Cytology Service. Flyer.


Australian Point of Care Practitioner’s Network Webinar

Confused by Atrial Fibrillation? – I Know I Am

Thursday 24th November 7-8 pm. To register (free) go to

Presented by Assoc. Prof Andrew McGavigan 

For registration enquiries, please contact: APPN | Ph: (08) 8201 7843 or (08) 8201 7845 | Email:


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Rubella Education Program Multilingual DVD

A short multilingual DVD which describes the risks of rubella infection in pregnancy and the importance of immunisation for the whole family. New Release with four additional languages - now available in English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Daki, Dinka, Hakka Chin, Hindi, Karen, Mandarin, Nuer, Promo, Persian, Somali, Tamil, Tigrigna and Vietamese.



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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Demographic summary

You are able to get a demographic summary from Medical Director which includes statistics on the number of male, female patients, pensioners, DVA, inactive and deceased patients, plus number of patients in various age groups (<5, 5-9, 10-19, 20-29 etc.)

With no patient record open select the Patient menu and then Demographic Summary…  You can also print the summary. Or you could use the PEN Clinical Audit Tool to get a graphical representation of the same thing.


This week’s IM problem - Adding a nurse practitioner

Question: How do I add a nurse practitioner as a user?

Answer: With no patient record open:

1.      From the User menu select Setup Users…

2.      Click on the Add Nurse Practitioner at the bottom of the screen.

3.      Fill in the details including Prescriber and Provider numbers as well as Top Level Access.

4.      Click OK and the Close when complete.


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Items of Interest

Coroners Court of Victoria - Information Days 2012

Hosted by the Coroners Prevention Unit/Health & Medical Investigation Team, these sessions are tailored for hospital staff and General Practitioners. The program is structured to advise on the broad characteristics of the coronial jurisdiction, the nature of "Reportable" and "Reviewable" deaths, and the involvement of health care professionals in a coronial investigation. Presenters include a coroner, pathologist (from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine) and representatives from the Coroners Court of Victoria’s Initial Investigations Office, Police Coronial Support Unit and the Family & Community Service.
Sessions are free (1pm-4.30pm).  Dates are: Monday 13th February, Monday 19th March & Monday 30th April  
These Information Days book out rapidly. To register your attendance, email or contact Pamela Reid on 8688 0736.

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Council of General Practice (AMACGP) meeting; Report of the Senate Community Affairs Inquiry into funding and administration of mental health services; AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2011; Information pack for practitioners treating jockeys.


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Mental Health

Prescribing Psychotropic Medications in General Practice

A one day Seminar, focussed on the challenges that confront General Practitioners in their day to day practice with Psychiatric patients.

Saturday 3rd December 9am-5pm at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Grosvenor Room, 123 Collins St, Melbourne. Flyer


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News for Practice Staff

Practice Managers/Practice Nurses Final Session

Thursday 8th December, 6:30-9pm. This will cover Access Services for Koories and the Nurse Practitioner Program as well as an IM/eHealth Update. Plus some fun stuff! At John Scott Meeting House La Trobe University. Application.


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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


Thornbury - VR GP or GPT4 Registrar required urgently to replace a “soon to retire” GP, in a busy, long established, accredited and computerized clinic with a dynamic friendly team and excellent nurse support. Mixed billing & on site pathology.  For enquiries, please contact Dr Danny Lipson or Rose – Practice Manager on 9484 2007 or email


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Late night lecture

An elderly man was stopped by the police around 2 a.m. and was asked where he was going at that time of night.

The man replied, "I'm on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late."

The officer then asked, "Really? Who's giving that lecture at this time of night?"
The man replied, "That would be my wife."


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And remember


            …If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.