North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1202: February 9, 2012
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:

Aged Care                                             Aged Care Interest Group

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetic Patients      

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Free Pertussis Information Brochures, Influenza vaccination, Boostrix® vaccine ends 30 June 2012  

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Online Haemochromatosis Resources for GPs, Changes to Northern Health Eye Service, Northcote Physiotherapy, Yoga and Pilates    

Mental Health                                      Energia Counselling 

News for Practice Staff                       Attention Enrolled Nurses    

Paediatrics                                           Top Tips from the RCH Specialist Clinics     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Aged Care

Aged Care Interest Group

Support and education in geriatrics for GPs who visit or are interested in visiting Aged Care Facilities.

Distress - Anxiety, Depression and Adjustment in residential care. Speaker: Dr Brett Coulson, Psychogeriatrician.

Monday 20 February 1-2pm (Light lunch 12.30pm) at Vasey House, 5 Tower Ave, Bundoora (near BECC)                                                           

Please RSVP to Lorraine on 9466 9615.


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Chronic Disease Management

Diabetic Patients

 “Engaging Private Allied Health Providers, Community Health and General Practitioners in Chronic Disease Management.” - The focus of this project is to provide an opportunity for diabetic patients who have previously used community health services to be linked in with private allied health providers ( e.g. Diabetic educators, podiatrists, dietitians and exercise physiologists) via team Care Arrangements (item 723 ) from their “ usual “general practitioner.

The practice can claim a GPMP (item721) and TCA ( item 723) to facilitate referral to allied health professionals.

General practitioners interested in participating in this project can contact Tessa Hughes, Project Coordinator , North East Primary Care Partnership on 9450 2616 by 2nd  April.


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Continuing Professional Development

Musculoskeletal Education Evening

Wednesday 22 February 7.15 – 9.15pm (dinner from 6.15pm)at Epworth Richmond, Auditorium, Level 2, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond

Speakers: Common hand fractures - Mr Jason Harvey; Soft tissue/overuse injuries - Dr Peter Larkins; Back pain and indications for surgical referral - Mr Paul D’Urso.

4 (Cat 2) points are available at this meeting.  Free car parking is available at Epworth Richmond - enter via Bridge Road.

Contact Jenny Jones on 9426 8504 or Email


GP’s with a Skin Interest

Dr. Anthony Dixon of SkinCancerOnly, whom is a co-founder of the Australiasian College of Cutaneous Oncology (ACCO), is running a number of educational seminars this year including the Diagnosis and Management of Skin Cancer for GP’s on 31st of March and 1st April at Docklands.  For more information on this seminar plus others, please go to or contact Melinda Harrap on (03) 9421 1399.


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Free Pertussis Information Brochures

These can be ordered online from the Immunise Australia Program website at: The brochure provides information to identify, protect and prevent against pertussis and is written for the general public.

A letter from the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer outlining the importance of vaccination against pertussis and a brochure is being sent to new parents registering their newborn on their Medicare card. The new parent letter is scheduled to continue until May 2013. The pertussis brochure will also be included in the Centrelink Parent pack.


Influenza Vaccination

This should be routine during pregnancy. Safety is well established and both maternal and infant benefit is now proven. Preventing influenza during pregnancy is an essential part of antenatal care because pregnant women are at an increased risk of serious illness due to influenza. To read more, please visit RANZCOG, New College Statement in the Women’s Health section at:


Boostrix® vaccine ends 30 June 2012

The time limited free Boostrix® vaccine program for parents of newborn babies is due to end on 30 June 2012. Mothers should ideally have the vaccine administered prior to discharge from hospital or as soon as possible after the birth of the baby. The partner should have the Boostrix® vaccine while the mother is pregnant or as soon as possible after the birth.

If Boostrix® vaccine has previously been administered to either parent with an earlier pregnancy, or in the Year 10 secondary school program, another dose is not required at this time.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Using the <F5> jump to caret (^)

The keyboard shortcut for jumping to the ^ character within a current Progress Note has been changed from <F5> to CTRL+<F5>. This will only work if you have upgraded MD to either version 3.12.1a or 3.12.1b. If your MD version doesn’t have the “a” or “b” then you need to upgrade.


This week’s IM problem - Printing labels from pathology requests

Question:  One of our new doctors has told us that you can print pathology requests that can contain adhesive labels that can be peeled off and stuck onto the test tubes. How do we do this?

Answer: This has been around for years. Firstly you must get the pathology request paper that contains the adhesive labels. Once this is done you simply need to configure Medical Director to print on the labels.

1.      From the Tools menu select Print Options…

2.      Click on the Requests tab and click on the Print labels tick box.

3.      Do a test print and you may have to adjust labels up or down or right or left, remembering that the values can be minus, where necessary.


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Items of Interest

Online Haemochromatosis Resources for GPs

The newly updated website of Haemochromatosis Australia includes a page of resources for GPs containing links to Haemochromatosis Clinical Guidelines, Red Cross venesection forms, Haemochromatosis Australia's trifold brochure and an online training module produced by the CDC (USA). See


Changes to Northern Health Eye Service

Northern Health is working to ensure that it can offer timely access to care for patients with confirmed diabetic eye disease. To facilitate this, referrals will no longer be accepted for patients requiring routine diabetic screening. Patients with diabetes should undergo a dilated fundus examination and comprehensive eye test at diagnosis. This can be completed by an Optometrist. Most Northern suburbs optometry services bulkbill consultations but patients should enquire prior to booking if payment is a concern. If the optometrist confirms the presence of diabetic eye disease they or the GP can refer to Northern Health Ophthalmology service. Relevant test results must be included with the referral.  If no disease is detected, the patient should be reviewed as per the recommendations of the Optometrist/eye health specialist. The NHMRC guidelines recommend at least every 2 years.  If you require any further information, please contact Gillian Dickman 8405 2921.


Northcote Physiotherapy, Yoga and Pilates

We have new opening hours - after hours Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings as well as Monday to Friday daytime.

We run Physiotherapist conducted Yoga and Pilates mat classes at the Northcote Town Hall, 31 Bastings St, Northcote. Ph: 9410 9867 or 0425 731 070

The timetable is available on the website.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Government’s partial restore of mental health services disappointing; Non VR GPs; AMA congratulates doctors on Australia Day 2012 Honours List; Submission - Regionally Tailored PHC Initiatives through Medicare Locals Fund.


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Mental Health

Energia Counselling

Croxton Medical Centre in Northcote now offers psychological counselling providing therapy to all age groups for a range of issues. Please note that patients will only receive Medicare rebates if they are provided with a Mental Health Treatment Plan.

Appointments can be made directly with Mr Thomas Clifopoulos on Ph 0419 150 802 Fax 03 9489 3900 or email


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News for Practice Staff

Attention Enrolled Nurses - A great chance to upgrade your Enrolled Nurse (formally Div 2) qualification to Registered Nurse (formally Div 1) but be quick!

The Berwick campus of Monash University is offering a new course starting this year, Bachelor of Nursing - Community Health. Monash Uni is offering the chance for direct entry applications. This 3 year course will let you work as a registered nurse (RN) in the acute sector but also includes a lot of primary care (ie general practice RDNS and other community nursing roles) in the training so  that graduates can also work in primary care/community nursing positions.

Monash is keen to hear from Enrolled Nurses(EN) that are currently working in general practice as they want graduates who are probably going to work in community/GP nurse roles. They will consider giving credits to ENs (usually a reduced 1st year) depending on their qualification and experience.

Any ENs wishing to make enquiries about direct entry applications into the Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health) at Berwick Campus, Monash University please contact:

Judy Lord on 9904 4353 or Email:


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Top Tips from the RCH Specialist Clinics

Top Tips: Specialist Clinics (Feb 2012)

·         New email address for specialist clinics


·         Central fax number

o   Fax 9345 5034 for ALL referrals

·         Electronic letters from the RCH

o   via Ozescribe or tel 1300 727 423

·         Telehealth trials

o   See or tel 9345 4645

The Practical Paediatrics Program (GP up-skilling) is not taking place in the first half of 2012 due to the hospital move.


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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


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


Practice Staff

Fairfield - Medical Practice seeking an experienced part- time Registered Division One Nurse. Please contact Sharyn Marshall on 9486 6833.


Northcote – 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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The Perfect Husband  
Several men are in the locker room of a golf club.  A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk.  Everyone else in the room stops to listen. 
Man:  "Hello" 
Woman:  "Hi Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?" 
Man:  "Yes." 
Woman:  "I'm at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat.  It's only $2,000.  Is it OK if I buy it?" 
Man:  "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much." 
Woman: "I also stopped by the Audi dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked." 
Man:  "How much?" 
Woman:  "$70,000." 
Man: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options." 
Woman: "Great! Oh, and one more thing.  I was just talking to Janie and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market.  They're asking $980,000 for it." 
Man: "Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They'll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if it's what you really want." 
Woman: "OK. I'll see you later!  I love you so much!" 
Man: "Bye! I love you, too." 
The man hangs up.  The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open. 

He turns and asks, "Anyone know whose phone this is?"


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