North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1227: August 1st, 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                                                Help design our Education program for the rest of 2012   

Aged Care                                             Managing Pain within Residential Aged Care

Australian Doctor Articles                  Recall Management

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  National Bowel Cancer Screening Program update, Exercise is Medicine Australia, GP Network News

Mental Health                                      Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network       

Paediatrics                                           Royal Children’s Hospital Education, Paediatrics Seminar 

Women’s Health                                  Let's talk about menopause, Priority Appointment for Women with abnormal Maternal Serum Screen Test (MSST) Results                      

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Help design our Education program for the rest of 2012

We are currently looking to finalise what CPD workshops would benefit our practices most over the next 4 months. We are seeking your help in establishing a priority list of topics for GPs, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses & staff. The large turnout at our eHealth night suggests this is a topic we should continue to assist with. In addition we are looking to run a “getting the most out of your Clinical Software” evening, focussing on the PEN CAT & similar products. We will shortly be setting the date for our next Practice Managers/Nurses Network meeting, using suggestions provided at the recent PM/PN steering Committee meeting.

What about changes from the 3rd to the 4th Edition RACGP standards?

Have you seen or heard about a good idea somewhere else, that we can follow up for you? What are you or your practice GPs concerned about in particular, MBS changes or the upcoming After Hours changes perhaps?  Do you still want the annual immunisation update workshop or the bi-annual infection control meeting with Marg Jennings? WHATS THE BIG ISSUE IN YOUR PRACTICE?


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Aged Care

Managing Pain within Residential Aged Care

One day workshop on Thursday 9th August at National Ageing Research Institute Ltd, Seminar Room, Building 9, Gate 4, 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville.

Click here for flyer and registration form.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Recall Management

In this section we are re-visiting some of the articles written by Noel for Australian Doctor over the last 5 years. The fourth of these comes from 2007, a long time ago, but the message is still as relevant now as it was then. It is all about having a systematic rather than an ad hoc approach to your recall management. “A few easy changes can make recall more manageable...” For the full article click here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Dementia: How You – The GP – Can Assist 

Thursday 23rd August 8.00 – 9.00pm (7pm for dinner) at Parkview Hotel, 562 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.

RSVP: or phone 9479 6004

GPs will be provided an opportunity to learn about medication and dementia and /or nursing interventions to assist them with best practice identification and management of your patients. Flyer  


North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) Annual Forum

Tuesday 28th August 6-8pm (Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm) at Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

Keynote address by Professor Stewart Dunn - Painting the Emotional Spectrum; Managing Difficult Conversations. Registration is essential - please RSVP to by Wednesday 22nd August. Flyer.


Genetics and medical prevention in cancer for GPs

The Cancer Council Victoria and the Austin Hospital Genetics service invites you to attend a professional development workshop for GPs.

Families are commonly affected by cancer and GPs need to know which of their patients are at risk and how best to advise them. A range of preventive treatment options are available for people in high risk groups that lead to early detection and improve cancer survival rates.

Saturday 8th September 10.00 am-12.00 midday at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, 4th Floor Lance Townsend Building, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg

RACPG CPD activity no: 762189 4 category 2 points.

Please register online, click on the health professionals, general practice tab @ or contact


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Getting your health summaries right

You should be making sure that your history summaries are kept up-to-date by the accurate use of Summary and Active and Inactive when saving or editing a history item. This will ensure that there is a clear distinction between the Current active problems and Past medical history:

·         Current active problems (where Summary and Active problem boxes are both ticked), and

·         Past medical history (where Summary box is ticked and Active problem is not ticked)


This week’s IM problem - Printing metrics

Question:   How would I print the BP and other measurements from the tool box?

Answer: Open any of the tools from the toolbox, e.g. Height/Weight, BP, Blood Glucose, INR record...

1.      Enter new measurements if necessary and then click the Save button

2.      Click on the Graph button then when the graph is displayed click on the Print button – this will print the measurements with the date, time, type and value as well as the graph.


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Items of Interest

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) update from Cancer Council Victoria

The Federal Government has announced they will fund almost $50m over the next four years to expand the NBCSP, which currently offers people aged 50, 55 and 65 a free bowel screening test (FOBT), to include 60 year olds from 2013; and 70 year olds from 2015.

Phased implementation of two yearly screening will commence from 2017-18.

Full implementation means all Australians aged 50 - 74 will be offered free bowel screening every two years, which is consistent with recommendations from NHMRC, RACGP and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA). For more information about the NBCSP, visit


Exercise is Medicine Australia

Click here for Exercise is Medicine eNewsletter


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: ANF Pay Claim Update; New GP Landing Page for AMA Website; COAG Drops the Ball on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); New Arrangements for Bulk Billing Claims; Building Your Practice Seminar.


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Mental Health

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Click here for the July newsletter


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Royal Children’s Hospital Education

The Practical Paediatrics Program Online (PPPO) – is a BRAND NEW GP education & up-skilling program developed for GPs in rural and regional Victoria (but available to any health professional) and is accredited with both RACGP and ACCRM colleges.

The program consists of highlights from the past three years face-to-face events held at the RCH and includes 10 activities for 2012-2013, starting with The crying baby.

To find out more, register and get started please see here.


Paediatrics Seminar

Nutrition issues in children; Food allergies and intolerances; Investigating learning problems; The child with chronic cough; Fever of unknown origin.

Saturday 1st September 8am-2.30pm at Law Building, Corner of Pelham & Barry Street, Carlton. Flyer.


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Women’s Health

Let's talk about menopause

This is a new 1h active learning module (ALM) for GPs and Health Professionals, created by ThinkGP in partnership with Jean Hailes and Family Planning NSW.

Topics covered include assessment of the perimenopausal woman, risks associated with menopause, and appropriate screening in this age group.      

Advantages and disadvantages of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are also discussed. This ALM is accredited with the RACGP for continuing professional development (CPD) points. You will need to register with ThinkGP (which is free) before accessing the ALM here.


Priority Appointment for Women with abnormal Maternal Serum Screen Test (MSST) Results

If the MSST comes back as high risk for Downs Syndrome (<1 in 300, 1st trimester screen or < 1 in 250, 2nd trimester) your patient will require a priority appointment to arrange genetic counselling and/or amniocentesis.  To organise this appointment, please ring the Obstetrics Registrar at The Northern Hospital - 8405 8000, pager: 047 or email  


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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


North Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne – VR GP wanted by doctor owned private billing practice. FT 4-5 days per week. Flexible arrangements. Contact the Practice Manager Wendy on 9438 5666

Positions wanted

Eltham area - Medical Receptionist, experienced, looking for 2½ - 3 days per week (flexible). Call Tricia on 0408 535 603. 


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Two ladies talking in heaven

1st woman: Hi! My name is Wanda. 
2nd woman: Hi! I'm Kelly. How'd you die?   
1st woman: I froze to death. 
2nd woman: How horrible!   
1st woman: It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you? 
2nd woman: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV. 
1st woman: So, what happened? 
2nd woman: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died. 
1st woman: Too bad you didn't look in the freezer - we'd both still be alive. 


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And remember


            If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?