North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1205: March 1, 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:

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Hypnotherapist wanted, GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        Mental Health Skills Training, Men’s Health GP Education Symposium    

Mental Health                                      Carer Coping Skills Workshop         

News for Practice Staff                       Nurse Practitioner Clinical Leadership        

NPS                                                       eTP: a step toward electronic medication management, New NPS Visiting Topic – Antipsychotics

Women’s Health                                  Northern Health Shared Maternity Care Seminar Series               

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Continuing Professional Development

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.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Severe Clostridium difficile infections at the Austin: new treatments and the role of faecal transplantation”. Speaker: To be advised

Wednesday 7th March, 12:30pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building (opp. Medical Library), Austin Campus. Informal lunch at 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - More on Soap

The Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan of the SOAP protocol can be achieved in the “Medical Director way”.

  • Subjective = History (Shortcut = Hx)
  • Objective = Examination (Shortcut = OE)
  • Assessment = Reason (Shortcut = Dx) as this is where you use the coded lists for either a diagnosis of differential diagnosis.
  • Plan – this translates to Actions. When you prescribe and do investigation requests the medications and requests are placed in the progress Notes under the heading of Actions.


When you click on the History button and are taking the history you can jump directly to Examination by clicking on the Examination button. In other words, once you finish taking the history there is no need to save, instead go directly to Examination (it saves you a few seconds!).


This week’s IM problem - Losing documents

Question:  We are now downloading discharge summaries from our local hospital. These are “actioned” from the holding file. Once this happens we don’t know where they have gone.

Answer: There are 4 places that such correspondence could go:

·         Into Results (where pathology goes)

·         Into Documents (where usual incoming documents are stored, e.g. imported and scanned documents)

·         Into the Letters (where the correspondence you create is usually saved)

·         Into the ether never to be seen again.

It is worth looking in the first three places, but it is most likely in Letters, not the ideal place for logically, that is where the correspondence you create is stored.


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Items of Interest

Hypnotherapist wanted

Ivanhoe Medical Clinic have a GP looking for another GP who provides hypnotherapy for patients dealing with sexual dysfunction. If anyone is aware of a GP who provides this type of service could they ring Barbara on 9499 1245.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Good News for General Practice; AMA Poll on fees for PCEHR; AMA strongly supports DonateLife Week; AMA Council of General Practice; Legal stay against a ban ordered by the Therapeutics Goods Administration; Great Savings on Popular I.T. Brands.


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Men’s Health

Men’s Health GP Education Symposium
GPs are invited to the Foundation 49 Mens Health GP Education Symposium 2012; to be held on Saturday 24 March at Melbourne University.
The symposium will address issues confronting GPs around men’s health, with speakers including Professor David de Kretser, Professor Rob McLachlan, plus other well-known experts. Sessions on the day will cover topics such as the prostate, screening in general practice, lifestyle and andrology.
This is an RACGP accredited event attracting 40 Category 1 CPD points.
Registration forms and the full program of activities are available on the Foundation 49 website.


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Mental Health

Mental Health Skills Training

Mind the Gap: Managing Physical and Mental Health Comorbidities

Saturday 24 March 9am – 4pm at The Northern Division of General Practice, 232 Plenty Rd, Preston.

This training will be co-facilitated by a GP Presenter (TBC) and a Psychologist Ms Jacqui Stanford

Guest Presenters: Dr David Hickingbotham, Psychiatrist, Northpark Private Hospital, Consumer representative, Carer Representative.

Completion of this program will enable GP participants to register with the GPMHSC to receive the higher Medicare rebates for provision of GP Mental Health Care items.

Priority will be given to GPs and Practice Nurses to attend. Registration form.


Carer Coping Skills Workshop

Saturday 17th March 10am – 1pm at Northpark Private Hospital, Cnr Plenty Rd and Greenhills Rd, Bundoora. Refreshments provided. This carer workshop explores issues relating to supporting someone with a mental health issue.

Bookings essential - Contact Rosemary Sturmey 9468 0100 or ARAFEMI HelpLine 1300 550 265 or email:


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News for Practice Staff

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Leadership

Professional development event for nurses wanting to work towards nurse practitioner roles Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (Victorian Chapter). Nurse Practitioner Clinical Leadership Research, Legal, Pharmacology, Endorsement & Mentoring.

Saturday 24th March 9.30am – 4.30pm at The Carson Conference Centre ANF Building, Level 7, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Registration form.


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National Prescribing Service

eTP: a step toward electronic medication management

Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (eTP) is the secure exchange of electronic prescriptions between a prescriber’s system (e.g. GP clinical software) and a pharmacy’s dispensing system and is an important early step towards an eHealth-enabled healthcare system. Ensuring that medicines information can be accurately and securely shared is the foundation for a range of healthcare benefits for both prescribers and consumers. Current benefits of eTP include reducing transcription errors and potentially improving patient safety, as well as improving communication between prescribers and dispensers.

Widespread use of eTP will enable more sophisticated systems to support patient care and safety. For example, by providing prescribers, pharmacists and patients with a consolidated list of the patient’s current and dispensed medicines provided the patient consents.

eTP is accessible to the majority of GPs now, and does not change practice workflow. It is worthwhile for practices to investigate available systems and get actively involved in the e-Health medication management environment. There are currently two eTP services available eRx Script Exchange and MediSecure and both work with some of the most commonly used prescribing software systems.

To find out more contact Dr Mary Levidiotis (NEVDGP NPS Program Coordinator) on 9496 4333, who will soon be visiting practices to discuss the current and future benefits of eTP and considerations for implementation as part of the new NPS practice visiting program (see below).


New NPS Visiting Topic – Antipsychotics

The division is launching a new NPS program titled ‘Balancing Benefits & Harms of Antipsychotic Therapy’.  GPs and Practice Nurses have the option of taking part in practice visits (approx. 30 mins) or case study meetings (approx. 60 mins).  The program provides a valuable opportunity to discuss up-to-date, independent, practical, evidence-based information on current therapeutic issues, while providing RACGP points, nurse points, QPI PIP and evidence of continuing professional development for accreditation purposes. The program will focus  on:

•    An individualised approach in assessing benefits and harms of antipsychotic therapy

•    Tips to engage patients/carers in recognising and managing adverse effect

•    Ways to reinforce to patients the importance of adherence to antipsychotics when prescribed

•    A planned approach to assess the ongoing need for antipsychotics for behavioural symptoms of dementia

eTP (see above) will be discussed briefly at the completion of the antipsychotic educational sessions and eTP resources will be provided to participants.

If you or your practice regularly participates in NPS practice visits program, the division will contact you before the end of June 2012 to organise a visit. 

If you are not regular participant in NPS programs and would like more information, please contact  Dr Mary Levidiotis (NEVDGP NPS Program Coordinator) on 9496 4333 or alternatively complete the attached form and return to the division.


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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.


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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


Northcote - F/T VR GP position available. Northcote Plaza Medical Clinic is a well established, busy, centrally located, fully accredited and computerised mixed billing general practice. GP owned, experienced support staff and pleasant working environment. Pathology on site. Attractive remuneration. Mentoring available. Contact – Denise 03 9489 6472 or email


Practice Staff

Greensborough - RN Div 1, Part time – Maternity leave replacement with a view to ongoing.

Greensborough Road Surgery is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and highly motivated RN to work as part of our team. The applicant must have excellent communication skills and empathy with patients. Hours Tuesday 1.30-5.30pm Wednesday 11.30-4.30pm and  flexible to cover leave replacement for RNs. Please contact Ann McCormack 9435 0711 or visit our web site


Community Asthma Educator 

Part time Position – 0.6 EFT Community Asthma Program (CAP)

For a copy of the position description, please go to the careers section of our website: Closes: Friday 9th March, 2012

For further information or to submit an application, please contact the CAP Community Liaison Coordinator, on Ph: 03 9377 7190 or email


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Bloke in his armchair shouts to his wife 

"When I die I’m going to leave everything to you love"
She shouts back "You already do, you lazy slob!!"


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