North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1141: December 8, 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:

Immunisation                                       Video on measles for clinicians       

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Peter Mac Referrals, Exercise is Medicine, GP Network News, Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services 

News for Practice Staff                       NMHP newsletter    

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        



Video on measles for clinicians

This video was developed by Qld Health Communicable Disease Branch. Their aim is to increase awareness among clinicians of measles – what to look for and what to do if they suspect a case. The presenters are Dr Brad McCall, public health physician from Brisbane South and Dr Michael Nissan, infectious disease physician.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Quickly finding all pregnant patients

You may wish to create a list of all pregnant patients so you can check the list and, where appropriate, open their record and end the pregnancy. There are two ways of creating a list. Firstly, you can do a patient database search:

  1. No patient record open, click on Search >Patient…
  2. Under Pregnant, click on Yes and then click on Search.
  3. You can then Save, Print or Add Recall or by double clicking on a patient from the list, you can open the record and end the pregnancy if they are no longer pregnant.

Another way is:

1.      No patient record open, click on Search >Pregnancy List…

2.      This gives you a list immediately – you can select by individual doctor.

3.      You can then click on Print for a hard copy but you can’t open a patient record from the list.


This week’s IM problem - Searching for DVA patients

Question: How do I get a list of all the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) patients?

Answer: With no patient record open:

1.      From the Search menu select Patient…

2.      When the Patient Search window appears click on Other demographic criteria.

3.      Click on the Full DVA button and click OK.

4.      Click on Search.

5.      When the list appears you can Save, Print or Add Recall.


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Items of Interest

Peter Mac Referrals

Many of the specialist clinics at Peter Mac are now MBS funded services.  This has been implemented in line with the DHS guidelines on MBS clinics in Victorian Public Hospitals. There are more details on the Peter Mac website


Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine Australia is giving away 300 FREE promotional kits to GPs – you just need to email your details to us by 16 December:

Your patients will benefit from exercise prescription... exercise is medicine. 70% of Australian adults are not active enough.

January is the time when everybody wants to improve their overall health and fitness. We are giving 300 GPs the opportunity to increase patient physical activity levels from 1 January 2012. We will provide you with 31 brochures on ‘starting an exercise program’ and 31 gift magnets for you to give to one patient a day for 31 days. You will also receive free Exercise is Medicine posters for your waiting room.
Show your support - sign up today. The first 300 GPs to register will receive the 31 Days 31 Patients promotional kit.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: President Visits NSW; Climate Change Report; AMA Urges changes to the National Health Amendment (Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Initiatives) Bill; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Hospital Statistics 2010-11; DVA launches in-home telemonitoring pilot


Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services

Current inpatient waiting times Rehab 0 – 3 days, Gem 0 - 3 days

For further information/ assistance please contact: The ACCESS office on 9495 3443


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News for Practice Staff

NMHP newsletter

Nursing & Midwifery Health Program latest newsletter is here.


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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 – F/T P/T 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


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


Practice Staff

Northcote area – Part time (Variable 3-4 days per week) Div 1 Practice Nurse required to assist our medical staff  in a busy general practice. Duties include wound care, travel health, immunisations, health assessments, patient triage, assist with clinical procedures and all other duties required in a general practice.  Visit our website for more information. To apply forward your resume to


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A Beautiful Story
One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-side eating grass.
Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate.
He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?" 
"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We have to eat grass."
"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said.
"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree."
"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.
Turning to the other poor man he stated, "You may come with us, also."
The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!"
"Bring them all as well," the lawyer answered.
They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was.
Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”
The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it, you'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high."


Come on really didn't think there was such a thing as a heart-warming lawyer story...did you????


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And remember


            …a closed mouth gathers no feet.