North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1138: November 17, 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:
To subscribe to eNews click on subscribe. To be removed from the eNews distribution list click on Unsubscribe


In this issue:

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Briefings on RACGP Standards for General Practices, Helping patients getting back to work after injury and illness, Referring to Northern Health, Free Clinical Resources, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Managers/Practice Nurses Final Session  

Paediatrics                                           The Royal Children’s Hospital Patient Move Day: Wednesday 30 November                     

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.


Skin Cancer Online Active Learning Module

National Skin Cancer Action Week 20-26 November. Skin cancers are by far the most common cancers managed by GPs, accounting for over 80% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia and more than 1830 deaths annually. Over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early and GPs play a crucial role in early diagnosis and treatment.

SunSmart’s online active learning module (ALM) helps GPs deliver best skin cancer advice. Created by Cancer Council Victoria (SunSmart and Primary health program), in conjunction with ThinkGP, the Category 1, RACGP/ACRRM accredited ALM is available nationally on the ThinkGP website at The online course comprises of three modules - biopsy techniques, skin cancer prevention and vitamin D awareness, diagnosis and management of non-melanoma skin cancers and diagnosis and management of melanoma.

For more information or


Back to top


Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Medication summaries

Unfortunately many patient medication lists are inaccurate. One way to overcome this is to provide patients with a medication summary on arrival at reception and ask them to check the list for accuracy and then discuss this with their doctor. If they are unsure they could take the summary away with them and check what is at home and what other health providers have prescribed. They could then discuss the medications at a subsequent consultation. Using this method leads to a more patient-centric responsibility for accurate medication lists.

1.      Open the patient record and from the Summaries menu select Medications

2.      A dated Medication Summary appears on the screen, along with the patient name and address details.

3.      Click on Print.


This week’s IM problem - Changing the letterhead

Question: I have just changed my qualification details. How do I make that change in all my templates.

Answer: If you have manually typed in your letterhead details into each template then you have a big job in front of you as you would have to edit each template. Hopefully you have created your letterhead using the Letterhead template of which there are two types: a personal one called a User Letterhead and for the whole practice, called Practice Letterhead. Once created, the letterhead template is inserted as a field into all your other templates. That way you only have to change the one template when changes to letterhead details occur.

In other words, NEVER manually type letterhead details into a template, but rather insert the Letterhead template as a field into your templates.


Back to top


Items of Interest

Briefings on RACGP Standards for General Practices (4th edition)

A series of free 1 hour teleconference briefings covering key aspects of the 4th edition of the RACGP Standards for general practices will be held in November 2011. These briefings will cover key issues, such as clinical governance and patient feedback, and are open to general practice teams and division staff. Participants simply need to register, download the presentation and join the teleconference. For more information, visit


Helping patients getting back to work after injury and illness - have your say

As a GP you play a central role when it comes to ill or injured people getting back to work after they’ve had time off.

The Health Services Group (HSG) – a collaboration of the TAC and WorkSafe Victoria – are in partnership with General Practice Victoria (GPV) to explore and implement ways to support the GP’s role in returning injured Victorians to the workplace.

GPV and HSG are seeking to better understand doctors’ knowledge about and experiences with injured workers and TAC clients returning to work. Part of this includes a survey, so in the coming weeks you may receive a phone call from a Sweeney Research representative asking you to participate in the survey. If you agree you will be sent a link to an online survey which will take about 20 minutes - you will receive a $120 cheque on completion. Medical Practitioner contact details will be sourced from the Human Services Directory.

If you have any queries please contact Dan Miles at GPV on 9341 5252 (Tues-Thurs) or


Take the pain out of referring to Northern Health

Need to Know? Clinics on offer; Conditions seen; Clinic frequency; Wait times; Pre-referral management guidelines; Consultant name – for MBS Clinics; Where to send referrals; Who to contact for clinical advice

The Solution?  Go to: GP access.


Free Clinical Resources

Are you a GP or Practice Nurse? If so, complete an online survey on these sexual health resources to help determine their clinical value for primary care clinicians, and ultimately, patients. To contribute to, or learn more about this study, please visit: This is a brief, confidential, and anonymous survey. Furthermore, upon completion, you are eligible for FREE copies of valuable clinical resources via post. This opportunity closes on November 30, 2011.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Tobacco Plain Packaging will save lives; AGP Super Clinics evaluation needs GP input; Out-of-Hours Primary Medical Care Position Statement; AMA Submission: Exposure Draft of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) Bill 2011; AMA Submission: Productivity Commission on the impacts of the implementation of national registration and accreditation for the health workforce; AMA Submission: Rural and Remote Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategy; OnePath- Life Insurance for professionals


Back to top


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.


Back to top



The Royal Children’s Hospital Patient Move Day: Wednesday 30 November

Outpatients will be known as Specialist Clinics: All outpatient services will be centrally located in the new hospital and known as Specialist Clinics.

Referral process will stay the same: A referral form is available on the RCH GP website.

Contact details will stay the same: Hospital phone numbers, fax numbers and address will stay the same during and after the move.

To find out more:


Back to top


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


Eltham - P/T VR GP position is now available. Eltham Clinic is a well-established, accredited, fully computerised, private billing practice. With pathology on site, practice nurses, friendly supportive staff and a pleasant work environment. Attractive remuneration with flexible hours. For further information please call Dianne Fueggle (Practice Manager) on 9431 0644 or email


Fairfield - FT/PT VR GP required for accredited, computerised family clinic. Excellent nursing support. No AH. Contact Dr D. Moors or Dr P. O’Halloran on 03 9481 7322 or email:


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


Back to top



Holy e-mail
One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all of the wicked behaviour going on..... 
He sent one of his angels to earth to look into it. 
When the angel returned, he told God, "Yes, it is bad on earth; 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not."
God was not pleased so he decided to e-mail the 5% that were good, because he wanted to encourage them and give them a little something to help keep them going... 

Do you know what the e-mail said? 

Okay, I was just wondering because I didn't get one either. 


Back to top




And remember


            …There are three kinds of mathematicians, those who can count and those who can't.