North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1223: July 4, 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                                                Note from Noel        

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  New MD template for CVC program, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Gambling Group – ‘Let’s talk Gambling”, NEMICS Newsletter, Northern Health hands ongoing care for simple fractures back to GPs, GP Network News

Mental Health                                      Making the Connection: The Interplay between Diabetes, Heart Disease and Mental Health          

Paediatrics                                           Children with Physical Disability and Their Families - the things we don't talk about

Women’s Health                                  The Recognition and Management of Psychosexual Problems in General Practice                    

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Note from Noel

My employment contract with the North East Valley Division of General Practice finished on Friday June 29, 2012. From July I am contracting back to the division as a private individual to work 2 days per week until the end of December and then reviewed and possibly continue til the end of June 2013, provided sufficient funds are available. After that I will be either employed elsewhere, unemployed, underemployed, retired or semi-retired.

This has meant a change to my responsibilities at the division. Responsibility and payment of the practice licence for the PEN Clinical Audit Tool has gone to the Northern Division, who will be shortly contacting you with what they expect in return for their payment for your licence, mostly this would involve data on the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that the NM Medicare Local may need.

I hope to be of assistance in other areas, including responding to phone enquiries, training needs and MD and CAT training. I also hope to be involved in the continuation of the Practice Manager and Nurse Networks and some GP CPD.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at the division or email me for any enquiry and I will endeavour to follow up as soon as possible. I am also available for practice visits on any day Monday through Thursday. The next big challenge for practices will be the implementation of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record. At this stage the ML is not geared up to support you in this so I am happy to help where possible, until such help arrives. In the meantime to make the PCeHR implementation much easier you should be concentrating on having accurate clinical records, especially the medication and history lists – you may wish to organise a visit to assist you with this.


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Continuing Professional Development

Minor Surgery for General Practitioners

Saturday 21(8.30-4.30pm) and Sunday 22 (8-4pm) July at Skills Laboratory, Level 1 East Wing Skills & Education Centre, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Corner of Spring Street and Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Flyer.


Overweight and Obesity: the challenges and the solutions

Monday 23rd July 9am – 4.30pm at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

This one day program examines the nutritional, physical, psychological and medical options available to health professionals involved in providing weight management advise to clients with or without diabetes. Topics include; nutrition interventions for weight management; physical activity strategies, meal replacement and Very Low Calorie Diets; Medications for weight management; nutritional management after bariatric surgery; psychological strategies to manage emotional eating. Flyer.


Lymphoma, Leukaemia and Other Haematological Cancers

Late effects of cancer treatment; What GPs need to know.

Saturday 4 August 9.30am – 1.30pm at Brockhoff Theatre 3rd Floor, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Andrews Place, East Melbourne.

Registration & flyer


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Information Management

New MD template for CVC program

Partners in Health Scale Assessment – the original form was produced by Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit, Flinders University. MD version by NEVDGP created with approval and now available on the NEVDGP website under Aged Care templates.


Medical Director Tip - Starting a pregnancy

With the patient record open:

1.      Click on the Obstetric tab

2.      Right click in the middle of the screen and select New item  or click on the red + sign

3.      Select the date from either the last LMP or by scan and then click on the Calculate button to find out current gestational age and the date of each of the 43 week of the pregnancy.

Click on Save.


This week’s IM problem - Missing medication column

Question: In the medication screen the Strength column has gone missing. How do I get it back.

Answer: You may have accidentally moved or narrowed the Strength column. Rather than hunt round trying to find it. it is easier to reset all column widths to their default width. To do this:

1.      Close any patient screen and return to the Main screen.

2.      From the Tools menu select Options...

3.      Click on the Reset all window columns to default width button.


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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 are interested please contact the intake clinician on 9420 9236.


North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) Newsletter
Read the full newsletter here.

Highlights for this edition are: The 2012 NEMICS Annual Forum is set for August 28th. Read more about our keynote speaker Professor Stewart Dunn.

What progress have we made in the area of multidisciplinary care? Here is a summary of achievements since 2008.

A comprehensive report of the Phase 1 supportive care projects is now available.  Read more about the Phase 2 projects currently underway.

What makes a great MDM room? Two rooms in the region have received technology upgrades.

Using data from various sources, NEMICS data manager, Mandy Byrne helps us understand about working with cancer patients.


Northern Health hands ongoing care for simple fractures back to GPs

Many simple fractures once assessed and treated in the Emergency Department can be safely managed back in the community.  For most patients with these types of conditions, continued management by their GP is preferential to follow-up visits to the Orthopaedic Specialist Clinic.

Following discharge from the Emergency Department your patient will return to your clinic with a discharge letter and the relevant GP Information sheet. 

If you have any clinical concerns, please contact the Orthopaedic Registrar on 8405 8749 or the ED GP Hotline on 8405 8610


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMACGP sees important local role for AMA in supporting general practice; AMACGP elects new Executive; GP leaders discuss primary care issues with Minister; Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR); Beating back the red tape; Online version of Forum—register now!


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Mental Health

Making the Connection: The Interplay between Diabetes, Heart Disease and Mental Health

Friday 20th July 9am – 1pm at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. This workshop provides possible biological and behavioural pathways to explain the links between chronic illness and psychological comorbidities. Flyer


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Children with Physical Disability and Their Families - the things we don't talk about

The Royal Children’s Hospital Developmental Medicine is proud to host its annual seminar on Friday 17 August 9am- 3pm (8.30am registration) at The new Royal Children’s Hospital.

Presentations will cover: Anxiety and depression in children with physical disabilities; Sexual rights and responsibilities; Mental health of mothers; The experience of siblings, and Considerations for comfort and care.

To register and more information – click here.

For enquires please phone 9345 5898 or email


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Women’s Health

The Recognition and Management of Psychosexual Problems in General Practice

Tuesday 10 July 7.30pm - 9.15pm (Light refreshments 30 minutes prior) at The Royal Women's Hospital: Cnr Grattan St and Flemington Rds Parkville. Seminar Room 7D, 7th Floor. An overview of the management of common presentations of sexual problems to general practice. Speaker: Dr Susan Carr, Head Psychosexual service RWH. Enquiries and RSVP by 3 days prior to session to Ines Rio on Tel. 8345 2064 or RACGP CPD points: 4 category 2 points.


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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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Gina’s takeover of Faifax

With Gina Rhinehart’s bid to increase her share of Fairfax and gain positions on the Fairfax board, it has been suggested that she would want some editorial control over Fairfax newspapers. In this case the two major Fairfax newspapers will change their names:

·         Sydney Morning Herald would be renamed the “Sydney Mining Herald”

·         The Age would be renamed “It’s all Mine!”


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And remember


            … Beware of batteries being given out free of charge.