North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1203: February 16, 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:

Chronic Disease Management            Prescribing exercise for chronic disease     

Professional Development                 John Scott Meeting House closed, CPD events        

Information Management                  AGPN calls for PCEHR practice incentives, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Maurice Blackburn GPs newsletter, GP Network News, Waiting times     

Women’s Health                                  Northern Health Shared Maternity Care Seminar Series, PapScreen Victoria media campaign                  

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

Prescribing exercise for chronic disease

Chronic disease is a major concern in our society and the rates of chronic disease are projected to increase significantly over the next twenty years. Recent research states that physical inactivity makes the greatest contribution to the development of chronic disease. Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are university qualified allied health professionals who are the most qualified to prescribe exercise to those who are at risk of or who have chronic disease. AEPs are recognised by Medicare, The Department of Veterans Affairs and over 15 private health insurers. If you would like to refer your patient to an AEP you can find a locally based AEP by going to the Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) website or look under ‘Exercise Physiology’ in the yellow pages. You may also want to review our position statements on exercise and chronic disease or alternatively visit Exercise is Medicine® Australia (a program managed by ESSA) – the fact sheets on physical activity and chronic disease will be particularly useful for your patients. For a summary of the evidence regarding physical activity and health please view this presentation by Dr Mike Evans.

If you would like further information about AEPs please contact the ESSA national office on 07 3856 5622 or email .


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Continuing Professional Development

John Scott Meeting House closed

Due to extensive flooding on Christmas day John Scott Meeting House at La Trobe University will be closed until April.


Immunisation Update

Wednesday 21st March, 7-9pm (dinner from 6.30pm) at Jika International, Chandler Room, 551 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.

Presenter by Dr Peter Eizenberg. Click here for flyer.


Preventing Risky Drinking in CALD Communities – GP Training

Practice nurses also welcome. The training is part of a broader project to identify and reduce risky alcohol consumption in culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD). Content of the training program includes alcohol effects, how to screen using the Audit Tool, using the Drink Less Brief Intervention Package, engagement with CALD patients, and working with interpreters.

Wednesday evenings 22 February, 29 February and 7th March, 7.15pm–9.30pm (light dinner from 6.45pm) at Northern Division.

40 CPD Active Learning points available where all requirements are met. Enquiries to Kay Dufty on Tel. 8480 4609 or email Click here for flyer.


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Information Management

AGPN calls for PCEHR practice incentives

The Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) has urged the federal government to consider paying incentives to general practices to use the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR).

The AGPN's official position on the PCEHR states that general practices must be provided with an eHealth practice incentive payment to support the necessary infrastructure to establish the PCEHR.

It is also demanding that individual GPs receive a financial incentive to compensate them for the extra time taken to encourage patient confidence and to get their consent to participate in the system and to upload information into a shared portal.

For more information including the DoHA position refer to the full article from PULSE magazine.


Medical Director Tip - Outdated grammatical and layout use in LetterWriter templates

There are some “Supplied” templates in Medical Director that appear to have been written by someone who did their typist training in the 1950s. This is evidenced by the outdated grammatical structures that feature in these templates. My suggestion is to modify them to 2012 standards, Examples are:

·         2 spaces after a full stop (this was a rule when manual and electric typewriters used a monospaced typeface)  – replace with 1 space

·         Address and dates aligned to the right (so old!!) – align to the left

·         Comma after Yours sincerely – remove the comma

·         Capital S in Yours Sincerely – replace with small s

·         Underlining of headings (this was a rule when manual and electric typewriters didn’t have bold characters) – make the heading bold. Underlining cuts descenders such as p, j and y. So ugly!!

Call me a pedant if you wish.


This week’s IM problem - Importing patient files

Question:  When we receive a patient file on a CD is there any magic trick to get it to import, some do and some don’t?

Answer: The simple answer is the patient file you receive must be an MD3 patient file saved in XML format through the HCN Maintenance import/export function. Non-MD3 clinical software, pdfs and HTML formats can’t be imported as MD patient files.


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Items of Interest

Maurice Blackburn GPs newsletter

Please find attached the summer issue of the Maurice Blackburn General Practitioners newsletter.

We hope you find the information in this short bulletin helpful in supporting your patients who have been injured in bicycle accidents.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Federal Budget Submission 2012-13; Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011 (PCEHR; AMA guidance for GPs regarding nurse practitioners; Children’s visits to the GP


Waiting times

Current inpatient waiting times for Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services are Rehab - 0 day, Gem - 1-3 days as of Tuesday 14th Feb. For further information/ assistance please contact: The ACCESS office on 9495 3443


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Women’s Health

Northern Health Shared Maternity Care Seminar Series 

14th and 28th March, 6-9pm (light refreshments and registration 6-6.45pm) at The Northern Hospital Lecture Theatre. Spaces limited.

Speakers:  Dr Kim Leslie Ong Thompson, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Northpark Hospital, Dr Suresh Varadarajan, Head of Endocrine Services Northern Health, Dr Lachlan Hayes, Director of Clinical Haematology Northern Health, Dr Andrew Ng, Chairman of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Committee NH.

To register please complete the attached flyer and forward to Northern Health GP Liaison. Enquiries to or telephone 8405 8705/9495 3140.


PapScreen Victoria media campaign

Between 18th March and 19th May 2012, PapScreen Victoria will be running a media campaign to raise awareness of the importance of Pap tests in preventing cervical cancer.

The campaign is specifically targeted towards women in the local government areas of Greater Shepparton and Swan Hill; however the TV commercial will air across all regions in Victoria (excluding metropolitan Melbourne). There will be additional supportive media including print, radio and cinema in Shepparton and Swan Hill only.

We expect that this media activity may lead to an increase in cervical screening rates in regional Victoria and therefore impact on services outside metropolitan Melbourne. The same campaign was implemented in 2010 and resulted in a 12% increase in the number of Pap tests taken for its duration.

If you have any queries please contact Kirsten Hausknecht, PapScreen Victoria on 03 9635 5403 or email


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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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No public restroom

An American tourist in London decides to skip his tour group and explore the city on his own. He wanders around, seeing the sights, and occasionally stopping at a quaint pub to soak up the local culture, chat with the lads, and have a pint of Guinness.

After a while, he finds himself in a very high class neighborhood.....big, stately residences... no pubs, no stores, no restaurants, and worst of all... NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS. He really, really has to go, after all those Guinnesses. He finds a narrow side street, with high walls surrounding the adjacent buildings and decides to use the wall to solve his problem. As he is unzipping, he is tapped on the shoulder by a London Bobby, who says, "I say, sir, you simply cannot do that here, you know."

"I'm very sorry, officer," replies the American, "but I really, really HAVE TO GO, and I just can't find a public restroom."

"Ah, yes," said the bobby..."Just follow me". He leads him to a back "delivery alley", then along a wall to a gate, which he opens. "In there," points the bobby. "Whiz away sir, anywhere you want."

The fellow enters and finds himself in the most beautiful garden he has ever seen. Manicured grass lawns, statuary, fountains, sculpted hedges, and huge beds of gorgeous flowers, all in perfect bloom. Since he has the cop's blessing, he unburdens himself and is greatly relieved.

As he goes back through the gate, he says to the bobby, “That was really decent of you... is that what you call 'English Hospitality'?"

"No, sir" replies the bobby, "that is what we call the French Embassy."


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