North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1216: May 17, 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’s happening to division staff?    

Professional Development                 The Final Bash, other CPD events    

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  After hours GP helpline, GP Network News

Paediatrics                                           FREE study for overweight young people looking for help 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

What’s happening to division staff?

Question:  We hear the division is ceasing most of its operations on June 30, 2012. What does that mean for the staff of the division?

Answer: The staff fall into two groups, those under our CORE General Practice Support Program & those who run specific programs such as ATAPS, NPS, Aged Care, Closing the Gap, Immunisation etc.  We have had no indication from the Medicare Local as to how Aged Care, NPS or Closing the Gap will transition and so the staff involved (Alison, Mary and Clare) are looking for jobs.

The GP Support program and ATAPS are the subject of tenders which closed last week, it is unlikely that the letting of the tender will improve NEV staff employment prospects in any substantial way.

The people described as CORE staff (Ken, Noel, Patty, Jennie, Marlene, Anne and Mary K) are doing different things. Some are retiring, some are looking for work, some will become private consultants and some may stay on at the Division in a caretaker capacity with minimal time fractions as we watch developments.


Editor’s note: The division is receiving many questions from concerned division members regarding the future of the division, its personnel and the support services – we will endeavour to answer these queries in this editorial section over the next few weeks. We thank you for your support and concern.


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Continuing Professional Development

The Final Bash – June 13, 2012

On June 13th the division will be holding its last CPD activity. The main item on the agenda is eHealth and there will be 3 main components of the evening:

The eHealth Challenge  - the key note speaker is: Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO, Head of Clinical Leadership and Engagement, National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA).

Future of the Division update – presented by Dr Peter Eizenberg, Chair, NEVDGP Board

    Why are we winding down? What happens now?

    Where and how do practices get their support, particularly in eHealth. From whom?

eHealth past and future  – presented by Noel Stewart, IM Program Officer, NEVDGP

    Where we have come from – a celebration of past achievements

    Where to now? For you? For us?

    Lots of movie clips, prizes and awards

For the invitation to attend, click here.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“My memory is slipping & I hit my wife while asleep” Speaker: Professor Christopher Rowe, Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET

Wednesday 23rd 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.


Surgical Skills Workshop

Friday 8th June 8.45am-3.45pm at Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne. Flyer


Dermatology in practice

16 June half day seminar for GPs at University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

Earn 40 category 1 points. 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 - Nurses viewing results from the holding file

There is a small inconsistency in non-GPs (in this case a nurse) viewing results in the holding file, when the Tools >Option  >Display results to staff has been checked. Whilst in a patient record the nurse cannot access Investigations >Check Holding File... as it is greyed out. Yet if they return to the Main Screen they can go to the Investigations menu, select Check Holding File... and view results. This takes extra time when they are with the patient and want to perform this action. This issue of inconstancy has been logged with HCN who ensure us that it will be fixed within 2 months (July 2012). In fact the whole holding file module will be restructured to included much more than just pathology results.


This week’s IM problem - How to include BMI measurements into a referral

Question: How do I include BMI measurements into a referral template?

Answer: There is no easy way to do this. If you have taken the height and weight measurement on a particular day the BMI measurement will appear in the Progress Note of that day. You could copy and paste that single measurement into your referral. Or you acan display the Data toolbar (Control + D), tick on the + next to Summary and include the Progress Note (current), but that includes all the elements of your current Progress Note.

The other thing you can do is to select the Weight Calculator from the top toolbar:

1.      Click on BMI under the View drop down menu

2.      Click on the Graph button which shows a graph of all the recorded BMIs (but doesn’t display the data).

3.      Click on Print. This not only prints the graph but also the data values with date and time taken.

You can’t save the values so you can’t transfer the information to your referral but you could fax the BMI record sheet – hardly a great solution as we move to total electronic records.


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Items of Interest

After-hours GP helpline

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced Victoria has now signed on to the popular after-hours GP helpline (1800 022 222). People living in Victoria will now have access to GP advice as well as the existing, successful nurse-on-call service. Ms Plibersek said the after-hours GP helpline had provided thousands of callers with medical advice on whether they could manage their condition at home, wait until the morning to see a doctor or seek urgent face-to-face medical treatment.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Health Budget Reflects The Economic Times ; Budget Cuts to Practice Incentive Payments (PIP) Penalise GPs and Pose Public Health Risks; Senate Hearing into Factors Affecting the Supply of Medical Workforce in Rural Areas; CMO’s PIP Breast Implant Report and associated fact sheets; Short Course: Dealing With Difficult People and Situations (for practice staff) – Register Now!; Free tool to track registration requirements (AMA CPD Tracker)


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FREE study for overweight young people looking for help!

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at The Royal Children’s Hospital is running a randomised clinical trial of an online weight management program for overweight adolescents. Participation involves completing height, weight, blood pressure and waist circumference measurements and an online questionnaire at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months. Parents are also invited to participate. Every 3 months there will be a draw for a $100 gift voucher for those participants who have kept their appointments. The results will demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of using the personalised, targeted Staying Fit program for addressing weight-related behaviours during adolescence. Recruitment has commenced and we are looking for 550 overweight young people aged 12- 17 living in metropolitan Melbourne. RCH HREC 31021. Enquiries Karly Cini 9345 6954 For more info click 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


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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Shortly after a British Airways flight had reached its cruising altitude, the captain announced: 
'Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain. Welcome to Flight 293, non-stop from London Heathrow to Toronto. The weather ahead is good, so we should have a smooth uneventful flight. So sit back, relax and..... OH, MY GOD!' 
Silence followed! 
Some moments later the captain came back on the intercom.  
'Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry if I scared you. While I was talking to you, a flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!'  
To which one of the passengers yelled... 'You should see the back of mine!!!'


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And remember


            I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.