North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1142: December 15, 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:

Editorial                                                Northern Melbourne Medicare Local – Membership Expression of Interest, Final eNews for the year     

Professional Development                 New online training supports GPs dealing with complex immunisation consultations

Immunisation                                       Measles Alert           

Information Management                  National E-Health Transition Authority Latest News, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  St Vincent’s : HARP Smoking Cessation Service, North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service, Austin Health & Northern Health Christmas/New Year Closures, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       Lifestyle Modification Program       

Paediatrics                                           The RCH has moved 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Northern Melbourne Medicare Local – Membership Expression of Interest

The NMML is inviting expressions of Interest from organisations (has to be an incorporated body, not individuals) who are interested in becoming a “member organisation” of the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local. This will provide your practice with an opportunity to formally participate in Board elections, committee representations and a range of public forums to be organised by the Medicare Local as part of its charter. We would encourage you to consider taking up this opportunity. Click here for the EoI.


Final eNews for the year

NB: This is the final eNews for this year. The first edition next year will be on February 2nd, 2012.

Wishing everyone a Happy & Safe Christmas from all of us at the Division.


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Continuing Professional Development

New online training supports GPs dealing with complex immunisation consultations

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has released a new online learning activity for general practitioners (GPs) and other immunisation providers to assist them when dealing with a complex immunisation consultation.

The latest gplearning module is suitable for general practitioners and practice nurses in their key management role in immunisations. This activity should take one hour to complete and has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for 2 Category 2 points in the 2011–2013 triennium. To enrol, or for more information, please visit


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Measles Alert

In the past four weeks the Department of Health (DH) has been notified of four confirmed cases of measles in metropolitan Melbourne. The first of these cases acquired measles overseas and some others are associated with exposure to this initial case.
All of these cases have been in the community whilst infectious, so with an average incubation period of 10 to 14 days until onset of rash, further cases may now be appearing.
Given this, please think measles in patients presenting with a febrile rash illness.


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Information Management

National E-Health Transition Authority Latest News

Clinician e-newsletter brought to you by the Clinical Unit of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) providing information on key issues and current events related to eHealth in Australia.


Medical Director Tip - Include recalls and actions when exporting a patient file

You can now use the HCN Maintenance program to include recalls and outstanding actions when exporting a patient file.

  1. Open HCN Maintenance and under Database tasks select Common.
  2. Select Export.
  3. Click on Clinical and place a tick in the Include Recall/Actions  and select Next to continue the Export process.


This week’s IM problem - Leaflets have disappeared in Patient Education

Question: When I am in the Leaflet Browser of Patient Education the leaflet categories have disappeared. How do I get them back?

Answer: Most likely you have accidently narrowed the leaflet panel so that it is no longer visible, leaving the preview screen taking up the whole window. The easiest way to fix this is:

1.      With no patient record open select Tools >Options

2.      Click on the Reset all window columns to default width button.

3.      Now open a patient record and check the leaflet browser of Patient Education to see if this has fixed the problem.


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Items of Interest

St Vincent’s : HARP Smoking Cessation Service – 9288 2211, pager 1433. 

The smoking cessation service provides a comprehensive assessment, advice and support to patients who wish to quit smoking. Anyone who is eligible for St. Vincent’s HARP may attend. St Vincent’s HARP targets patients who frequently present to hospital, are at risk of presenting, have a diagnosed chronic disease or complex medical and/ or social issues.  This service is free of charge, however patients may need to purchase medications or products to help them to quit smoking.  Please read our flyer at for more details.


North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service

The December NEMICS Newsletter edition includes: Moving Forward With Confidence - the NEMICS survivorship project that unites three NEMICS health services, four tumour streams, the Cancer Council of Victoria and the Northern Division of GPs; Supportive care phase 2 - the next step in rolling out routine supportive care screening in our health servicesNew model of care at Northern Health with the appointment of an oncology nurse practitioner; Streamlining and improving the Living With Cancer Education Program at Eastern Health

The 2012 MDM timetables are now available


Austin Health Christmas/New Year Closures 2011/12

Please note that during the forthcoming Christmas/New Year period there will be a reduction in some Austin Health services as follows:

Specialist Clinics (Outpatients Department) - will be closed from midday Friday 23/12/11 and re-opening on Monday 9/01/12. If patients need urgent medical care please refer them to the ED as normal.

Emergency Department - will be operating as normal for emergency cases during the Christmas/New Year period. To speak with an ED physician about the management of a patient Tel. 9496 3368.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the GP Liaison Staff at Austin Health.


Christmas & New Year Closure Dates

Northern Health Specialist Outpatients Clinics will be closed from Wednesday 28th December until Friday 6th January 2012. Clinics will recommence on Monday 9th January 2012


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.


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News for Practice Staff

Lifestyle Modification Program

The federally funded “Reset Your Life” Lifestyle Modification Program (LMP) has finished. As a consequence, Victorians between the age of 40-49 will no longer be able to access subsidised Life! courses.

The resources for this program should be removed from your practice.

These resources include the posters

·         A new lease of life can begin now (ATSI)

·         A new lease of life can begin at 40 (English, Italian, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese)o

·         Are you 40-49 and reached the last notch?

·         Are you 40-49? Fit the shoes but not the dress?

·         Are you 40-49 and want more energy and better health?

The Diabetes Australia Victoria “Life!” program will still be continuing under current guidelines, i.e. for your 50+ year old patients, and negotiations are currently underway to look at funding arrangements to look after the 40 – 49 year old cohort in the future.


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The RCH has moved

·         Referrals have been transferred to the new hospital and contact details remain the same. 

·         Please call to confirm receipt of referral if you have not heard back from the RCH two weeks after sending your referral.

·         RCH Specialist clinics general queries tel: 9345 6180

·         See Top tips for more information (contact details, parking, referring and more).


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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 Christmas Story 

Santa was very cross. It was Christmas Eve and NOTHING was going right. Mrs Claus had burned all the cookies. The elves were complaining about not getting paid for the overtime they did while making the toys. The reindeer had been drinking all afternoon and were dead drunk. To make matters worse, they had taken the sleigh out for a spin earlier in the day and had crashed it into a tree.

Santa was furious. “I can't believe it! I’ve got to deliver millions of presents all over the world in just a few hours - all of my reindeer are drunk, the elves are on strike and I don't even have a Christmas tree! I sent that stupid Little Angel out HOURS ago to find a tree and he isn't even back yet! What am I going to do?"

Just then, the Little Angel opened the front door and stepped in from the snowy night, dragging a Christmas tree. He says "Yo, fat man! Where do you want me to stick the tree this year?"


And thus the tradition of angels atop the Christmas trees came to pass........


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And remember


            …Some people are like slinkies; not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.