North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1214: May 3, 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            National Diabetes Services Scheme

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Alert regarding individual seeking Oxycontin, Automated external defibrillators clarification, Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Survey, REACH - GP clinical supervisors needed,    

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter      

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

National Diabetes Services Scheme

An initiative of the Australian Government administered by Diabetes Australia, the NDSS delivers diabetes-related products at subsidised prices and provides information and support services to people with diabetes. Registration is free and open to all Australians diagnosed with diabetes. A new interactive NDSS registration form is now available on the NDSS website. Diabetes Australia is currently working on preparing the NDSS GDM Registration Form in the same format.


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Continuing Professional Development

ME/CFS Awareness Week Seminar

May 5 from 1-5pm Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 20th International Awareness Week Seminar will be held at Darebin Arts Centre. For further information and registration click here.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

My Secretive Heart - Speakers: Dr Rosanna Hage-Ali, Dr Jay Ramchand and Dr Anna Salked

Wednesday 9th May, 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.


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


The Balance of Managing Falls

Wednesday 23 May 6.30- 8.15pm (A light meal will be served from 6.15pm) at St George’s Hospital. For GPs and Practice Nurses - The timely assessment, prevention and management of falls in the wider community is an increasing dilemma for General Practice, given the ageing population. Flyer


Spirometry Training Course

For GPs and practice nurses - participants will be required to complete pre reading.

Saturday 26th May 9am-4pm (Registration from 8:45am) at Melbourne General Practice Network, Suite 9, 233 Cardigan Street, Carlton. Flyer


Sleep - The Basics

An Active Learning Module for GPs. Tuesday 19th and 26th June from 7-10 pm. Light supper from 6.30pm at  Austin Hospital Education Precinct, Level 4 Austin Tower, Studley Road, Heidelberg. Flyer. Further enquiries contact Margaret Bunn on 9496 5390 or


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Keeping Past History up-to-date

It is a continual difficulty keeping past histories up-to-date, particularly if your colleagues are a bit slapdash in their record keeping. A general rule of thumb is to always check the past history before creating a referral, care plan or health assessment. This is made even more difficult if the patient has a long past history which may include trivial items, uncoded items and duplicated items.

At the bottom the past history window there is a selection window that you can use to view specific history items. This can be very handy to help clean up the past history record.

All records show all the past history items. If you want to see only those items that will appear on a history summary (as in a referral, care plan or health assessment) click on Summary items. This will decrease the number of past history items and make editing so much easier. Keeping Active/Inactive past history items up-to-date is made easier by selecting just the Active or Inactive items and then making the necessary edits.

The best way to make sure all the clinicians have a consistent approach to the accurate recording of past history is for a team meeting to make a decision on this so that all members keep accurate records and not just the dedicated few. My experience is that 50% don’t know how to, or won’t, keep accurate past histories. This is a bit scary when you think that general practitioners will be responsible for creating and maintaining the Personally Controlled electronic Health Record (PCeHR) when it commences on July 1, 2012.


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Items of Interest

Alert regarding individual seeking Oxycontin

During the past 12 months, a person (or persons) using the name Brenden (or Brendan) Bell has obtained prescriptions for mid-strength Oxycontin from more than 50 medical practitioners throughout Melbourne and West Gippsland and presented those prescriptions at more than 30 pharmacies in Victoria.

He is using identification that shows his date of birth to be 13 February 1978. He is approximately 5’10” (180 cm) tall with a slim to medium build. The requests for Oxycontin are reportedly related to pain and/or impending surgery to his right knee. He may claim to be visiting from Queensland for a funeral or to visit family and has reportedly presented documents and identification showing that was recently in the army.

If you are consulted by this person, please take all reasonable steps to confirm his identity and if you wish to prescribe Schedule 8 poisons, you are advised to obtain a permit from the Department of Health. If you wish to discuss this matter or have been consulted by this person, to provide details, contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Health on 1300 364 545 (fax 1300 360 830) and quote reference number 222408. 


Automated external defibrillators clarification

The RACGP has recently become aware of advertising by a medical devices company that appears to suggest general practices need an automated external defibrillator to meet the requirements of the RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition). The College would like to clarify that this is not correct. Criterion 5.2.1 of the Standards, ‘Practice equipment’, requires practices to have medical equipment necessary for comprehensive primary care including emergency resuscitation. The equipment listed in the mandatory indicators list does not include an automated external defibrillator. The RACGP has drawn these facts to the company’s attention and pointed out their advertising could possibly be described as ‘misleading’. To view the RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition) in PDF format, visit RACGP website.


Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre Survey

Dr Jane Crowe and Mr. Nicholas Howard from the APCRCE are endeavoring to find out the knowledge and attitudes of Australian GPs with respect to Prostate Cancer testing and management of Prostate Cancer. Prostate cancer is a big issue for Australian men, with more than 20,000 men diagnosed each year.

It would be appreciated if you could to take the time to complete the survey by clicking this link:
Your responses will be confidential at all times. There will be a separate page for you to provide your contact details if you would like to be notified about the outcome of the survey or any future educational events. You also have the chance to win one of five $100 shopping vouchers with the company of your choice – just complete the survey and enter your email address at the end.


REACH - GP clinical supervisors needed

Realising Education and Access in Collaborative Health is in urgent need of more GP clinical supervisors. The role of GP clinical supervisors at REACH is to oversee the work of final year medical students and make sure that the client receives the best possible care available. The main requirement is that the GP is a member of the RACGP without restrictions/limitations on their registration. The clinic, at Doutta Galla Community Health in Kensington, is open on Saturdays from 1-5pm and clinical supervisors are required during this time to supervise students. Supervisors are rostered on according to their availability and may volunteer as much or as little as they would like. For more information contact Janina De Silva on 8378 1629.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Government delivers strong package for older Australians – but medical care is lacking, Bulk billing: clarity on registration and administrative Fees, Dedicated MBS item required for palliative care, Influenza Vaccine Reminder.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

The latest APNA newsletter can be found here.


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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 - full time or part time VR Female/Male GP to join our family orientated practice. Greensborough Plaza Medical Centre is a new privately owned practice situated within Greensborough Plaza, with free undercover parking on-site.  This fully computerised practice offers private and bulk billing within a supportive team environment.  Flexible sessions with no afterhours. For more information, please contact Practice Manager, Cathy on 0419 314 839 or


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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Taxiing down the tarmac, a DC-10 abruptly stopped, turned around and returned to the gate. After an hour-long wait, it finally took off.
A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, "What, exactly, was the problem?"
"The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine," explained the flight attendant. "It took us a while to find a new pilot."

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And remember


            The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.