North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1212: April 19, 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                                                Diabetes Care Project, Latest on the PCeHR           

Chronic Disease Management            APPN Diabetes Webinar, Incorporating PoCT in Chronic Disease Management           

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Gambling Group, Telehealth, GP Network News    

Paediatrics                                           Infant Sleep Training           

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Diabetes Care Project

Since its early days as a collaborative care project, cdmNet has been rolled out across the country and is now RACGP Oxygen’s preferred IT solution for managing chronic illness. It is also being used as the IT infrastructure partner for the federal government's new Diabetes Care Project  which is being rolled out across the Northern Melbourne suburbs. The NEVDGP is a proud supporter of this program. For a more detailed description click here.


Latest on the PCeHR

ANOTHER week, another story of high-level confusion over whether GPs can legitimately claim MBS attendance items for creating shared e-health summaries. Full article from Australian Doctor.


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Chronic Disease Management

APPN Diabetes Webinar

New Medications for Type 2 Diabetes. Registration is now OPEN! 

24th April Online, Dr Wilton Braund. To register (FREE), visit: (Please sign in to access the webinar registration - blue button).

For registration enquiries, please contact: APPN 08 8201 7843 or 08 8201 7845 or Email:


Incorporating PoCT in Chronic Disease Management

PoCT Scientific Education Seminar - Friday 11 May, Sydney, NSW.   Full program


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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

As next Wednesday is ANZAC day there will be no Grand Round.


GP Pharmacotherapy Training Program for Opioid Dependence

Sunday 29th April 8.45am - 4.30pm at GPV, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton 40 RACGP QI & CPD Points apply + ACRRM. Travel assistance (up to $100) available. Registration & further information or phone GPV 9341 5200   


Victorian Refugee Health Forum

May 5th 9am-5pm at Foundation House, 6 Gardiner St, Brunswick.

GPs, nurses, allied health providers, practice staff, and others interested in providing healthcare to refugees are invited to participate in the 2012 Victorian Refugee Health Forum for GPs and Primary Health Care Providers.  There will be a range of presentations, workshops, discussions and resources on caring for the health of refugees. Cost: $50

To register For further assistance: Kay Dufty (Northern region) 03 8480 4609


Hepatitis C Prescriber Course

Sunday 6th May 8.50am - 5.15pm (RSVP by Thursday, 26 April) Registration at 8.30am at General Practice Victoria (GPV) - Level 4, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton. For more information and to register online click here. 


Annual Health Review for People with an Intellectual Disability

Saturday 19th May 9.30am - 1.30pm for GPs, PNs & AHPs at GPV, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton. 6 RACGP QI & CPD Points apply + ACRRM. Registration & further information at: or phone GPV 9341 5200


Cataract & Pterygium, Rhinitis & Polpys

Tuesday 19th June 7-9pm (refreshments from 6.30) at Lucy Jones Hall, (entrance off Albert St), Royal Eye and Ear Hospital, East Melbourne. 4 RACGP QI & CPD Points apply.

Registration & further information at: or phone GPV 9341 5200


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - How Confidential is used

An item marked confidential won’t appear in printed summaries. For example, a patient who has had a termination may be referred to a physiotherapist for an unrelated issue. In this case the Confidential box should be checked. If the same patient was referred to a gynaecologist for a related issue then the Confidential box should be unchecked. Other examples are of patients with a mental health condition or HIV whom you may wish to safeguard their confidentiality.


This week’s IM problem - Deleting unnecessary recalls

Question: We have a lot of unnecessary recalls in our system. Is there a quick way of getting rid of them?

Answer: Not really but try the following.

1.      No patient record open

2.      Search menu > Recalls…

3.      Select “Select all reasons”. Under “Select Doctor” you may wish to do this by individual doctor to make the task more manageable. For Interval select “All”.

4.      This will give you a list of the outstanding recalls,

5.      Once the list appears click on the unwanted recalls and press the Delete key on the keyboard.

6.      This will give you the following choice:


Click on Yes to permanently remove the recall from the system.

8.      Continue to work your way through the list.


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Items of Interest

Gambling Group – ‘Let’s talk Gambling”

The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond is currently accepting referrals for people experiencing Problems relating to Gambling behaviour. This program is a structured open-ended weekly evening group. The goal of the group is to offer support and tools to modify gambling behaviours and patterns as the person understands why they gamble, when it became problematic and how to implement strategies to support change towards a meaningful life. If you interested please contact the intake clinician on 9420 9236.


Telehealth – a Medicare initiative.

Telehealth aims to remove some of the barriers to accessing medical services for Australians who have difficulty getting to a specialist or live in rural and remote areas.

The Endocrinology Department at Austin Health would like to offer this service to all patients in remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas, as well as patients in residential aged care facilities or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receiving care at an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS). Consultants in the Endocrinology Department are very happy to speak with patients via Skype, which will effectively cut down on travel and waiting times.

The consultation can be done whilst the patient is with a medical practitioner, participating nurse practitioner or Aboriginal health care worker, or if the patient is technologically capable, may be done at their home, without a practitioner present.

If you have any patients who you feel would benefit from this program, please contact our Endocrinology secretary, Lynda Smyth on 9496 5489, who will provide you with further information and answer any of your questions. See here for Eligible Areas


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Items for the PCEHR, AMA Submission to MBA on DHAS Funding, AMA Plan to bolster the rural medical workforce, BEACH to measure non face to face time, AMA queries RACGP re after hours indicators, AMA Position Statements on Genetics and Human Cloning.


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Infant Sleep Training

Managing Sleep Problems in Babies - for GPs, Practice Nurses and Maternal & Child Health Nurses. Thursday 3rd May 7-9pm (dinner 6.30pm) at Northern Division of General Practice. 4 RACGP Category 2 QI & CPD Points apply. 2 RCNA points also apply.

Enquiries ph: 8480 4609. Flyer


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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


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


Practice Staff

Fairfield City Medical and Dental require an experienced practice nurse. Contact Sharyn on 9486 6833.


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The divorce settlement

"Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully," the divorce Court Judge said, "And I've decided to give your wife $775 a week,"

 "That's very fair, your honor," the husband said. "And every now and  then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself,"


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And remember


            … No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.