North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1210: April 4, 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:

Editorial                                                Message from NEVDGP Chair         

Chronic Disease Management            Community Asthma Program          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Influenza Vaccine Reminder, Flutracking, Supplementary Pneumococcal Vaccine for 12-35 Month Olds, Nurse Immuniser Information

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service, GP Network News         

Mental Health                                      Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service         

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Nurse Incentive Program, APNA newsletter, Scholarships for nurses now available           

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Message from NEVDGP Chair

Dear Drs, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses & Staff

The chair of NMML has provided the following information for your reference (see here).

I confirm the contract with NMML for NEV to provide services terminates 30th June 2012 and the future of NEV is secure until that date.

If you require any clarification you can contact us in the usual manner at the NEV office, until 30th June.

With kind regards,

Peter Eizenberg




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Chronic Disease Management

Community Asthma Program

CAP is a Hospital at risk program (HARP) service that provides free asthma education to young people (0-18 years) and their families, in their own home.

Current waiting times are currently 4 weeks.

The new Royal Children’s Hospital CAP fax referral form is here.

The National Asthma Council Australia has updated its popular First Aid for Asthma chart available in the March Newsletter and launched a new paediatric Kids’ First Aid for Asthma chart, with advice reflecting the latest evidence and medications. 


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Continuing Professional Development

STI Update

Wednesday 2nd May, 7-9pm (dinner and registration from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House. Presenter: Dr Stella Heley – Sexual Health Physician. Flyer


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

Why Osler Got It Wrong And Why

Speaker: Professor Neville Yeomans, Director Of Research

Wednesday 11th April, 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.


Emerging Medical Issues

Wednesday 18th April 7.15 – 9.15pm (dinner 6.15) at Epworth Richmond, Auditorium, Level 2, 89 Bridge Road. Flyer.


Annual Immunisation and Influenza Update

Wednesday 18th April 7-9pm (meal provided) At The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville. Presented by Dr Greg Rowles, GP. Flyer.


GP Mental Health Education Series

Grief and Loss: Assessment & Management skills for GPs. Speaker:  Greg Roberts

Tuesday 8th May 7pm (registration 6:30pm) at Conference Room, The Melbourne Clinic, 130 Church Street, Richmond. Flyer.

For more information please contact Katrina Effern on 0409 252 797


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Influenza Vaccine Reminder

Reminder for children under 5 years receiving the influenza vaccine

Following a very recent unfortunate situation where a young child was given Fluvax and subsequently suffered febrile convulsions, the Commonwealth Medical Officer has asked that we circulate this advice to all providers of immunisations.

This also includes information about the concurrent administration of trivalent influenza vaccine and 13vPCV in children aged 6 months to less than 5 years. The statement notes the small increase in risk of fever/febrile convulsions associated with the concurrent administration of the two vaccines. Providers are advised that they should discuss this risk with parents and offer an option of administering these two vaccines separately (with an interval of at least 3 days).



Flutracking is a weekly online survey relating to influenza-like illness conducted by researchers from the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health (NSW). The project hopes to detect warning signs of severe influenza outbreaks or provide warnings of a pandemic.
If you are interested in helping track influenza activity across Victoria, you can join a weekly online survey that takes less than 15 seconds to complete. Participants will be asked about symptoms suggestive of influenza experienced in the last week, and the rate of illness between people vaccinated for influenza and those unvaccinated will be compared. Click here to register or here for further details on the FluTracking project.


Update on Supplementary Pneumococcal Vaccine for 12-35 Month Olds

A free, one-off dose of the improved pneumococcal vaccine (Prevenar13®) has been available to children aged 12-35 months since 1 October 2011.

Latest data from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) shows Victoria leading the way with delivery of this vaccine; however coverage amongst 24-35 months olds could be improved.

Please be mindful of discussing the vaccine with parents and carers of eligible children, particularly those caring for two year olds. The program ends on 30 September 2012.

GPs can order free copies of a promotional poster and brochure from

For more information please contact the Department of Health Immunisation Section on 1300 882 008.


Nurse Immuniser Information

The updated Immunisation Nurse Approval is on the immunisation website.

There are a range of resources to guide the nurse, the employer or an education provider.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - New coded Nurse Item numbers

Two new coded item numbers fir Reason for visit have been added.

·         Nurse 4 year old health check - Item 10986

·         Nurse support of patient with chronic condition - Item 10997


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Items of Interest

North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service

Welcome to the first 2012 issue of the NEMICS Newsletter.

Some of the highlights of this edition are:

·         Applications are being invited the first 2012 round of PD Grants with a focus on group projects

·         The annual NEMICS Planning day looked at getting agreement on some region wide service planning projects

·         Get the latest news about the Moving Forward with Confidence survivorship project

·         Work has been done to develop a cancer-specific Patient Experience Survey; Get the whole newsletter here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: PCEHR and the MBS – More work and no reward for GPs; AMA Survey on the impact of the mental health funding cuts; AMA takes strong stand on non-medical prescribing; Take Care with Medicines; Veterans’ MATES – Know your patient’s renal function


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Mental Health

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

Prior to ANZAC Day, it is timely to consider that veteran and peacekeeper patients may experience an escalation of mental health symptoms evoked around anniversaries. Often symptoms of PTSD can increase, and individuals who have difficulties with alcohol may experience the urge to binge drink. The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides counselling to veterans, peacekeepers, their families, and eligible ADF personnel. While GP referrals are not required, GPs are often the first contact for individuals experiencing distress, and often assist patients to connect with VVCS. VVCS can be contacted on 1800 011 046.


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News for Practice Staff

Practice Nurse Incentive Program - Registration for Top Up and Grandparenting

Practices planning to register with the Practice Nurse Incentive Program for top-up or grandparenting payments only have until 30 June 2012 to do so. Accredited practices can apply for top-up payments and non-accredited practices can apply for grandparenting payments if financially disadvantaged by the removal of the “for and on behalf” of MBS items for immunisations, wound dressings and cervical smears performed by practice nurses and associated bulk billing items. Practices that apply for top-up payments after 1 January 2012 but before 30 June 2012 will have their payments backdated to 1 January 2012, or the earliest calculated eligibility date. For more information on PNIP visit:


APNA newsletter

The April newsletter is here.


Scholarships for nurses now available

An Australian Government initiative supporting nursing students, ENs, RNs and midwives. Click here or contact RCNA on 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


Eltham - P/T VR GP position is now available. Eltham Clinic is a well-established, accredited, fully computerised, private billing practice. With pathology on site, practice nurses, friendly supportive staff and a pleasant work environment. Attractive remuneration with flexible hours. For further information please call Dianne Fueggle (Practice Manager) on 9431 0644 or email


Macleod – PT VR GP required for an accredited, fully computerized and busy Medical Practice. Flexible hours. Great earning potential. Special interests welcome. Contact Macleod Medical Practice on 9459 8329 or email


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

Care Coordinator at Doutta Galla CHS - Permanent 4 days per week position. We are seeking an experienced, resourceful and energetic allied health, social worker and/or nursing professional to fill an exciting new position in our Kensington site based multidisciplinary team. The aim of this position is to work with clients with a chronic condition, complex needs and/or mental illness who would benefit from additional support lifestyle and behaviour change. For further information or a copy of the position description click here or contact: Daniel Alizzi on 8378 1632 or email Applications close: Thurs 5th April.


Macleod – Medical Practice seeking a part-time Registered Nurse. Please contact Macleod Medical Practice on 9459 8329 or email CV to

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The English Plural - according to George Carlin 1937 - 2008

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,

But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.

One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,

Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,

Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.


If the plural of man is always called men,

Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,

And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,

Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?


Then one may be that, and three would be those,

Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,

And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,

But though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,

But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!


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And remember


            Acupuncture: a jab well done.