North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1206: March 8, 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                                  Austin Health Brain Tumour Support Service, GP Network News   

Mental Health                                      Mental Health Skills Training          

News for Practice Staff                       PNIP and EN requirements  

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

"Scrutinising Diabetes Management Icons"

Speaker: Professor Richard MacIsaac, Department of Endocrinology & Diabetes, St Vincent's Health, Melbourne

Wednesday 14th 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.


Hoarse Voice & The Inflammatory Red Eye

Wednesday 21 March 7-9pm (Light refreshments from 6.30pm)at Lucy Jones Hall (entrance off Albert St), Eye And Ear Hospital, Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. Flyer


Hepatitis C and its Treatment.

Especially for GPs and practice nurses. Tuesday 27th March 7-9.30pm. Dinner and registration from 6.30pm. Venue: The Woodlands Hotel, 84-88 Sydney Road, Coburg. Presenters: Associate Professor Joe Sasadeusz and Ms Rebecca Katiforis (Clinical Nurse Consultant) from Royal Melbourne Hospital. For more information contact Talitha at MGPN on 03 9347 1188 or email


AACB APPN PoCT Scientific Education Seminar

Incorporating PoCT in Chronic Disease Management

Friday 11 May at SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney Full program and registration form


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Management and Comment shortcuts

You create shortcuts in Progress Notes by using the Management and Comment buttons. Comment shortcuts are placed wherever the cursor is located and Management shortcuts are placed under a Management heading. If you happen to have exactly the same shortcut for both Management and Comment, it is treated as a Comment shortcut.


This week’s IM problem - Which Options are user specific

Question:  When we go to the Tools menu and select Options which of the options are User specific and which ones are workstation specific?

Answer: Setting Options can be either of 3 things:

User specific – settings are for the person who has logged in

Workstation specific – setting are for the individual PC

Global – settings are for the whole of practice

The following Options are User specific:

·         Prescribing

·         Progress Notes

·         Prompts

·         Clinical

·         History and Examination

·         Investigations

·         Lists – dose, Frequency, Instructions, Pathology requests, Radiology Requests

The following are Workstation specific:

·         General

·         Links

·         Network

Others are Practice wide (global):

·         Recalls

·         Lists – Address book categories


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Items of Interest

Austin Health Brain Tumour Support Service

Carers’ Forum: “Supporting Someone with Cancer: Understanding Legal & Financial Matters”

Wednesday March 28th 6–8pm (Light refreshments from 5.30pm) at Austin Health, Education Centre Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Austin Tower, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg

Bookings essential: Tammy 9496 3799 or Di 9496 3315

March Brain Tumour Support Group

Wednesday 14th March 12.00pm at Toyama Japanese Restaurant, 201 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

The Brain Tumour Support Group is for people with a diagnosis of a primary brain tumour, and their families/friends.  The groups are relaxed, informal and a good opportunity to connect with others. RSVP/Queries:  Dianne Legge on 9496 3315 or

Online support group for people diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour soon to be launched

Austin Health together with Cancer Council, Alfred Hospital and Cancer Connections will be launching an online support group.   Please call Di Legge on 9496 3315 to register your interest in participating in this program.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: 'Continued dispensing' not in best interests of patients; General Practice Must Be Funded to Help Implement the PCEHR; Assessing Fitness to Drive – Information Kit; AMA Online Poll - PCEHR; AMA 2012 National Conference.


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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.


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News for Practice Staff

PNIP and EN requirements

General Practice Victoria have received enquires about practices who only employ Enrolled Nurses and have applied for the PNIP.

Some practices have had their PNIP payments knocked back by Medicare. Medicare through PNIP, is now picking up that they have only EN as they have only applied for the EN funding payment. It is now highlighting that some EN are working without supervision.

Remember that all ENs must have supervision directly or indirectly by a RN, not a GP (see the nursing competency standards).

What a practice needs to do if they only employ ENs is to find a practice with a RN or a RN who would be willing to be a supervisor for the EN.

This then needs to be documented as a formal agreement then a letter sent with this information back to Medicare. 


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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


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


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My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30 this morning, can you believe that?      


Luckily for him I was still up playing my Bagpipes.


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