North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1207: March 15, 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            Foot Clinic    

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Vaccine fridge          

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Referral Writer, Engaging Private Allied Health Providers, GP Network News         

Mental Health                                      Mental Health Skills Training          

News for Practice Staff                       Newsletters, Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

Foot Clinic

Austin Health’s High Risk Foot Clinic welcomes your referrals of patients with foot ulcers (Diabetes related or other). Full medical details and results of investigations should be included. Please fax referrals to 9496 2490 Attention: High Risk Foot Service. If you have a patient with a foot ulcer that has not healed by 50% in 4 weeks, make a referral to this specialist clinic for comprehensive assessment and management. Phone 9496 2017 if you wish to discuss a case prior to making a referral.


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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

To Bleed or Not To Bleed- Uses and Complications of Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Agents

Speaker: Anthony Hadj, Medical Unit 1, Austin Health

Wednesday 21st 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. At The Woodlands Hotel, 84-88 Sydney Road, Coburg. Presenters: Associate Professor Joe Sasadeusz and Ms Rebecca Katiforis (Clinical Nurse Consultant) from Royal Melbourne Hospital. Flyer. For more information contact Talitha at MGPN on 03 9347 1188 or email


STI Update

Wednesday 2nd May, 7-9pm with dinner and registration from 6.30pm. At John Scott Meeting House. Presenter: Dr Stella Heley – Sexual Health Physician. More information to follow soon.


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Vaccine fridge

If your vaccine fridge needs to be logged please contact Wendy on 9496 4333 or email to arrange a visit before the end of June 2012. Remember all fridges used to store vaccines should be data logged at least annually for quality assurance.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Recording No Significant History

It may be the case that there is no significant history to record and according to RACGP guidelines you should record, if the software allows, “Unknown”, “None” or “Not recorded”. If Past History is left blank other clinicians do not know if the question has been asked. A way round this is to go to Past History and in the coded items select from the following:

·         No significant Past History

·         Nil Significant

·         Nil of Note

It is also suggested you tick the Summary box as this ensures that other health providers know the questions have been asked and the date of the recording is shown as well.





This week’s IM problem - Recording no medications

Question:  I have read the RACGP general practice fact sheet on Medicines list. In it, it states “it may be the case that there are no medicines to record. Record utilising the functionality of the software: unknown; none; or not asked. How do I do this in MD?

Answer: You create a “Recipe” for Unknown and another for None.

1.      From the Clinical menu select Recipes… - this takes you to the User defined preparations.

2.      Click on the Add button at the bottom of the screen.

3.      Fill in the following:
Item name: Unknown
Quantity: 0
Recipe: None
Now click on Save and then Close.

4.      Repeat the process for: None

5.      Prescribe as you would normally. And when prompted for the drug name type in: Unknown or None

6.      When prompted fill out the following:
Dose: leave blank
Frequency: Nil
Instructions: Nil
Route of administration: Not Applicable
Duration of medication: Short term
Save as default: add a check to the box (by doing this the next time you “prescribe” None all the above settings will be remembered).

7.      When prompted for Reason for medication select: Nil significant and remove the ticks from all boxes (Active, Summary, Save in Past Medical History, Save as Reason for contact)


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Items of Interest

Referral Writer

Curtin University is testing an innovative software program, the Referral Writer, which aims to provide an efficient and easy to use tool for generating referrals. Help test its effectiveness. The study can be completed entirely online, in your own time and GPs are paid for participation (up to $600 per GP). For more details contact or see


Engaging Private Allied Health Providers

Invitation to General Practitioners and Practice Nurses to learn more about this Project

As previously advised this project is coordinated by the North East Primary Care Partnership and includes local General Practitioners, Community Health Services and Private Allied Health Providers. It aims to improve access to services for community health clients using the MBS to access private health providers via Team Care Arrangements (item 723) from their General Practitioner.

Wednesday 28th March, 6:30-8:30pm at The Conder Room, The Centre Ivanhoe, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.

RSVP attendance and dietary requirements by 21/3/12 to Tessa Hughes. Ph: 9450 2616


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA comments on Ten Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform; MBS Interpretations; AMA Online Poll - PCEHR


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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


Benchmarque newsletter

APNA newsletter


Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme
This is an Australian Government initiative supporting nursing students, enrolled nurses and registered nurses and midwives.
Applications open 5 March 2012 for the following scholarships:

·         Clinical Placement in an Aboriginal Medical Service for undergraduate nursing students

·         Professional Development for nurses and midwives working in an Aboriginal Medical Service

·         Continuing Professional Development for nurses and midwives

·         Nurse Re-entry for nurses or midwives whose registration has lapsed

·         Clinical placement in an emergency department for:

·         Undergraduate nursing students

·         Postgraduate nursing students

·         Registered nurses or midwives wanting to enhance their experience

·         Emergency department administration staff wanting to undertake continuing professional development

Applications close 13 April 2012. Visit the website or call 1800 117 262.


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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


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I woke up last night to find the ghost of Gloria Gaynor standing at the foot of my bed.

At first I was afraid, then I was petrified.


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