North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1215: May 10, 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                                                What will happen to the website?   

Aged Care                                             Transport for Older People and People with a Disability

Chronic Disease Management            Free type 2 diabetes awareness sessions

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Mercy Health Foundation Ball, GP Network News  

Paediatrics                                           Private paediatric ENT referrals     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

What will happen to the NEVDGP website after June 30?

The Division is not leaving the scene entirely. After July, we will be maintaining a very small presence (1 room) near our current offices in the Repatriation hospital. We have renewed our website address for the next two years, and Dr Colin Adams will continue to maintain his much used “patient information” resources. The Division will seek to update such web based resources as its Medical Director items by private agreement with Noel Stewart. We also hope that Patty Marshall will continue to publish an eNews edition (perhaps less regularly), under an agreement with the Division, post July 2012.

We will not however have either the responsibility nor the staff to maintain other resources relating to Mental Health, NPS, Immunisation, Closing the Gap, Practice Accreditation or Aged Care, which will all come under the ambit of the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local.


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Aged Care

Transport for Older People and People with a Disability

The second edition of the Handy Guide to Transport for Older People and People with a Disability in Nillumbik has just been released and is available for download on the Council website here. Hard copies are available for order from


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Chronic Disease Management

Free type 2 diabetes awareness sessions

Diabetes Australia – Vic offers free type 2 diabetes awareness sessions to community groups in languages other than English. The sessions are available in Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Mandarin, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. These sessions focus on increasing awareness of diabetes and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The session runs for 75 minutes, and is presented by a trained bilingual health educator in your chosen language at a venue of your choice. To book a session, please visit or call 9667 1733.


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Continuing Professional Development

AACB APPN PoCT Scientific Education Seminar - Incorporating PoCT in Chronic Disease Management

Friday 11 May at SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

This meeting will include an 'Industry Display providing delegates with the opportunity to see a wide range of PoCT equipment currently available in Australia.

The APPN team will be available for people to meet and answer any PoCT questions/queries they may have.

*UPDATED* Full program and registration form available here.


Respiratory Medicine Update

Wednesday 16 May 6.15-9.15pm at Epworth Richmond, Auditorium, Level 2, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond

Speakers:  Dr Michelle Caldecott: Common respiratory infections with an emphasis on whooping cough, Dr Michael Sutherland: Obstructive lung disease and Mr Phillip Antippa: Diagnosis of lung cancer – clinical, radiological and biopsy aspects. 4 (Cat 2) points are available at this meeting. Flyer. 


Northern Health GP Winter Master Class Series

Thursday 31st May - Gastroenterology

Thursday 14th June - Respiratory

These master classes will be full of useful, practical information regarding the GP management of common gastroenterological and respiratory conditions.

They will include identifying when and who to investigate; How to obtain and interpret these investigations; When to screen and when to refer, as well as guidance on the optimum management of the patient while waiting for specialist review. Total CPD points: 4 (Category 2) per evening, subject to RACGP approval

6.30 pm – Registration & Refreshments, 7.00 pm – 9.00pm – Master Class at Lecture Theatre, The Northern Hospital, 185 Cooper Street, Epping

For registration contact Karen Overall on 8405 8705 or


APPN Diabetes Webinar - Managing Heart Failure in General Practice

Tuesday 5th June Dr Christine Burdeniuk Online

Registration is now open. To register (free) visit: (Please sign in to access the webinar registration blue button).

For registration enquiries, please contact: APPN on (08) 8201 7843 or (08) 8201 7845 or email:


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - How to remove unprinted scripts

For all sorts of reasons you may have a long list of unprinted scripts, e.g. when you close a patient record you are prompted to print scripts and you may select Print later. These are stored so you can batch print scripts if you wish (handy before going out to nursing homes).

·         MD3 – Clinical >Prescription >Batch Print (or <F9>)

In MD3 you can only delete them one at a time by highlighting the script and clicking on the Delete button (the Delete key on the keyboard doesn’t work). You can also filter by individual GP, patient or date if you wish. The Filter button is at the bottom of the page.







This week’s IM problem - What will happen to the website?

Question: What’s going to happen with your website when you depart on June 30?

Answer: Please see the editorial for a response to this question.


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Items of Interest

Mercy Health Foundation Ball – A celebration with a great cause!

Mercy Health Foundation is raising funds for Perinatal Mental Health at its annual fundraising ball on Saturday, June 2nd.

As many as 20% of women are affected by a mental health issue in the perinatal period and the Mercy Hospitals’ Perinatal Mental Health department has provided services to women during this time since the opening of the Mother Baby Unit in 1988.

To be held at the prestigious Plaza Ballroom, below the Regent Theatre, Master of Ceremonies Mr John Deeks. Great prizes to be won, an auction and music from The White Tree Band. You are invited to support this event, through either attending the ball by making a donation towards it, either directly or in the form of prizes that may be raffled, or auctioned through the silent auction to be held on the night.

For more information click here or contact Ms Meagan Nixon on 03 8416 7714 or


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA welcomes further steps towards a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); Health program targets veterans with greatest needs; Report Highlights Critical Shortage Of Training Positions For Medical Graduates; GP Rural Incentives Program - overpayment adjustment; Red Tape: Centrelink Forms Improved; Guidelines and resources on prescribing drugs of addiction; AMA 2011 Annual Report Released; CPD Tracking service


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Private paediatric ENT referrals: Dr Caroline Ryan

Paediatric Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon Dr Caroline Ryan is now accepting private referrals to:

·         Royal Children's Hospital Private Consulting Rooms H, Level 2, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville. 3052.

·         Northpark Private Hospital Cnr Plenty and Greenhills Rds, Bundoora. 3083.

For both services:

·         tel 03 9468 0246 or 03 9468 0159

·         fax on 03 9468 0120

·         email

·         web


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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


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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A Love Story
An elderly man lay dying in his bed. 

While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite scones wafting up the stairs.
He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning on the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs.
With laboured breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there, spread out upon the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favourite scones.
Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of love from his devoted wife of sixty years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?
Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees. His aged and withered hand trembled towards a scone at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked by his wife with a wooden spoon.

“Rack off,” she said, “they're for the funeral.”


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And remember


            …Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.