North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1213: April 26, 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            The Community Asthma Program update, Diabetes pictorial guides        

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  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                 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

The Community Asthma Program (CAP) update

CAP is a HARP service that provides a free asthma education service to young people aged (0-18 years) and their families, in their own home. Parents and carers of children with asthma are being urged to take the condition more seriously as new data reveals asthma-related deaths among under 15 year olds have more than doubled since 2006 see here. Current waiting times are four weeks. Remember May is a peak time for children with asthma.

For CAP referral click here, you may also call our intake workers on (03) 9345 5295 or for further information regarding program contact:


Diabetes Australia – Vic announces the availability of pictorial guides

Diabetes pictorial guides are now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese. The pictorial guides are also available in a format more culturally appropriate for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The series of booklets promote culturally appropriate messages about healthy eating, exercise, managing diabetes and foot care that are easy to read. For further information about the pictorial guides or to order copies please phone 1300 136 588 or visit the website


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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


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


Orthopaedic Injuries - and how to manage them

A GP symposium presented by Warringal Private Hospital on Thursday 3 May. For further information and registration please contact Marianne via email


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Information Management

This week’s IM problem - Changing font and font size defaults in Progress Notes

Question: Can you change the font and font size of text within MD?

Answer: If it’s for all of your Progress Notes where you want this to happen, then go to Tools > Options >Progress notes and change the font and font size.

If it is for only a single Progress Note there are font and font size buttons in the Progress Notes toolbar.


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Items of Interest

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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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


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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


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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Pregnancy class

The room was full of pregnant women with their husbands.
The Instructor said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial as it strengthens the pelvic muscles which will make the delivery that much easier. Just make sure that you pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path."
"Gentlemen, remember - you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for both of you".
The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this information.
After a few moments a man at the back of the room, slowly raised his hand.
"Yes?" said the Instructor.
"I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?"

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And remember


            What was the best thing before sliced bread?