North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1211: April 12, 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            Having a Healthy Baby – Diabetes and Pregnancy Information Session    

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Vaccine fridge          

Information Management                  Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News    

Mental Health                                      Course for Families and Carers of People with Mental Illness       

Women’s Health                                  Medical Disorders in Pregnancy, Diagnosis of Breast Cancer in General Practice                    

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

Having a Healthy Baby – Diabetes and Pregnancy Information Session

Presented by Diabetes Australia – Vic - for women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Expert speakers include an obstetritian and endocrinologist from the diabetes clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Wednesday 18 April 7-9.30pm (Light refreshments on arrival) at Ground Floor Conference Room A, Royal Women’s Hospital, Grattan Street, Parkville. This event is free. Bookings essential – 1300 136 588.


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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

Evidence into Practice: the role of computerised clinical decision support systems

Speaker: A/Professor Graeme Hart, Director Intensive Care Unit

Wednesday 18th 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.


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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

Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record

On the Record – this is the first in a series of updates on the progress of the national personally controlled electronic health record system.


Medical Director Tip - Recording medications prescribed by a specialist

Prescribe as normal but when you get to the Enter Dose window, click on the Advised or prescribed elsewhere button. Once you complete the script the medication will not be tagged for printing.


This week’s IM problem - Adding to coded lists

Question: Can you add an item to the coded list for “Reason for visit” or “Reason for contact”?

Answer: No!!!! What a dog’s breakfast would ensue if you could!!! Forward any item to me (via email) that you would like to see added to the coded list and I will forward it on to Dr Andrew Magennis at HCN. I t is worthwhile looking at what had been added to the April 2012 list.

1.      With or without a patient record open, click on the Resources menu and select What’s new in Docle...

2.      Scroll though the list.


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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Draft Guide to using the PCEHR; Influenza Vaccine Reminder; Latest TGA statement on PIP Breast Implants; Gentamicin linked to severe balance problems; Bytes from BEACH 2012-003


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Mental Health

Course for Families and Carers of People with Mental Illness

Well Ways - Building a Future - An 8 week program, exploring the causes of mental illness and its emotional impacts, providing carers with a supportive basis for moving forward. Course starting on Monday 30th April at Banyule Community Health Centre, West Heidelberg.  

Well Ways programs are delivered through structured workshops involving group discussions, videos and practical demonstrations. They are led by people with their own family experience of mental illness who have been trained as facilitators by MI Fellowship Victoria. All Well Ways programs provide practical information about mental illness and techniques to deal with the challenges that mental illness brings.

To enquire or enrol contact: Kathy Collet, Family Services Educator, East North Region, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria on 03 8873 2500 or 0419 949 750. Email or visit


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Women’s Health

Medical Disorders in Pregnancy

A full day workshop on Saturday May 12th  8.30 am -6 pm at Mercy Hospital for Women. Cost $ 165.00

Learning Objectives

·         To provide a knowledge update on care and management of medical disorders in pregnancy

·         To highlight the impact of these disorders on mothers and babies, with the intent to enhance identification and improve antenatal management

·         To highlight the importance of the GP role to both recognise the risk of medical disorders in pregnancy and provide intervention as indicated

·         To inform GPs and other attendees about services and access to these provided by Mercy Hospital for Women

Speakers include a range of specialists involved in pregnancy care

Registration contact Minh Nguyen: Email: T: 03 8458 4377 F: 03 8458 4380


Diagnosis of Breast Cancer in General Practice

The RACGP has recently released a ‘Diagnosis of breast cancer in general practice – tips for best practice’ fact sheet. The fact sheet includes questions and issues for consideration during and after the consultation. To download the fact sheet, visit


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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


Greensborough - Overseas Trained Doctor (19AB) required for busy medical centre.  Fully computerised and full nursing support.  Contact Terri


Ivanhoe – GP required to work every 2nd Saturday in our friendly well established Medical Practice in the centre of Ivanhoe. Please contact: Mary Howe, Practice Manager, Doctors of Ivanhoe on 9497 1644.


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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English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;

Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren't invented in England.


We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,

We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,

And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing,

Grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?


Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?


If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?


Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?


We ship by truck but send cargo by ship...

We have noses that run and feet that smell.

We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.

And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,

While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?


You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language In which your house can burn up as it burns down,

In which you fill in a form by filling it out,

And in which an alarm goes off by going on.


And in closing…


If Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop????


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And remember


            A will is a dead giveaway.