North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1230: August 22, 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                                                Monash research throws positive light on effectiveness of cdmNet          

Australian Doctor Articles                  Working with LetterWriter templates

Chronic Disease Management            The Community Asthma Program (CAP), Diabetes Expert Speaker Series, New Multilingual Infoline, Supermarket Tours       

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medicare details added to PCEHR – News from PULS+IT, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Changes for Overseas Visitors and Pregnancy at Northern Health, Equipment for sale, GP Network News  

Men’s Health                                        Prostate Cancer and Health Promotion for Gay/Bisexual Men

News for Practice Staff                       Nursing In General Practice Orientation Program, Wound Care Update for Practice Nurses        

Women’s Health                                  Fertility Week                      

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Monash research throws positive light on effectiveness of cdmNet

cdmNet is a GP-led platform using web-based technologies that allows users to create general practice management plans (GPMPs) for chronic disease. The care plan and health records are shared securely across the care team and with the patient through the internet.

The Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA) is a pilot project, trialling  Precedence Health Care's cdmNet as a platform to improve chronic disease management via its use of GPMPs and TCAs. This has been declared a success and will now be offered nationally. It has been independently evaluated by Monash University as being effective in managing diabetes patients in particular.

Although not part of this particular trial, there are 11 NEVDGP practices involved in the Diabetes Care Project using cdmNet to assist in Diabetes Care Plans that are shared collaboratively across the net with other members of the Care Plan team. This is part of an Australia wide trial financed by DoHA and co-ordinated by McKinsey and Co with assistance of selected Medicare Locals. As this trial progresses we will bring you updates on its success or otherwise from our participating members.

Full article on The Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA) pilot from Pulse+IT.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Working with LetterWriter templates

This week’s article discusses how you can download templates, especially from the NEVDGP website. But you can also create your own, the best way being to download an already existing template and modify it, rather than creating one from scratch. Also critical is to read the download and install instructions; otherwise your template will not work. For the full article click here.


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Chronic Disease Management

The Community Asthma Program (CAP) - Free in-home asthma education & support for children & their families

We have a new information brochure & poster available!

Support from our professionally trained asthma educators is available individually or in small groups, depending on eligibility & assessment at time of referral.

How CAP can help your clients: Listen to the family’s & child’s concerns & issues; Provide education & asthma information; Educate on medications and the use of puffers & spacers; Identify ways to avoid asthma triggers; Help to develop a written asthma action plan; Advise how to recognise warning signs & how to identify when to seek help; Link or refer to a range of community services & agencies; Work with the family GP, school, childcare centre, specialists & consultants.

CAP referral form Referral fax number 9345 4380

For CAP referral information you may also call our intake workers on 9345 5295. To order new brochures & posters or for further information regarding the program please contact:  For the latest National Asthma Council (NAC) guidelines go to:


Diabetes Expert Speaker Series

Diabetes Australia – Vic is pleased to bring you the second event in the Diabetes Expert Speaker Series. At this event, Dr Steven Wittlin, Clinical Director Endocrine-Metabolism Division and Director Diabetes Service University of Rochester Medical Centre New York, will speak about insulin pump therapy and new treatments.

Thursday 30 August 6.30pm at the Charles Latrobe Theatre, Ground Floor, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street, Carlton. Bookings are essential – 1300 136 588. Thanks to Medtronic Australia who is the exclusive supporter of this event.


New Multilingual Infoline

Reminder, Diabetes Australia – Vic has a new Multilingual Infoline, 1300 801 164. The Infoline connects callers with the help of an interpreter (in over 170 different languages) to services and information on diabetes prevention, support and management. Callers can speak with one of our Diabetes Educators, Dietitians or Advocacy Officer. This service is free and easy to use. Free Multilingual Infoline magnets and posters are available through our website. Please visit


Supermarket Tours

Diabetes Australia – Vic organises supermarket tours to help make shopping for food easier. As part of the two hour tour, local dietitians show you how to accurately read and understand food labels, select healthy food alternatives and identify products that are appropriate for people with diabetes. Participants will receive a show bag with the Diabetes Australia Healthy Shopping Guide, information sheets and other useful information. A tour is taking place at Coles Westfield Shopping Town 29-35 Louis Street Airport West on Thursday 6 September. Cost: $10 members and $15 for non-members. Limited bookings are available for each tour. To confirm time/date and to make a booking, contact the Diabetes Info and Advice Line (DIAL) on 1300 136 588.


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Continuing Professional Development

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.  Registration extended to Friday 24th August. Flyer.


Genetics and medical prevention in cancer for GPs

Are you giving patients current and correct information?

Saturday 8 September 10-12 noon (registrations at 9.30am) at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, 4th Floor, Lance Townsend Building, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg. Flyer.



Health professionals may often find difficulty managing kidney disease in general practice as they find the testing and monitoring complex.

This education provides a simple and structured, yet comprehensive, framework to assist the GP to better manage their patients with CKD.

To participate in this exciting free piece of education click on the link


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Information Management

Medicare details added to PCEHR – News from PULS+IT

Details of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) history as well as organ donor registry status have been added to the PCEHR. As reported by Pulse+IT last month, a new wave of functionality is being prepared for August, with MBS, PBS, organ donor and childhood immunisation. [Read more]


Medical Director Tip - Recording reactions to allergies

Where possible a description of the reaction e.g. rash or anaphylaxis, should be included when recording allergies. If the reaction is not known then record ‘reaction not known’. And of course, if there are no known allergies, this should be recorded as such. Avoid using the free text option of “Other” when recording allergies to drugs or classes of drugs. For the full RACGP guidelines on the recording of allergies and adverse reactions click here.


This week’s IM problem - How do I record multiple reasons for contact

Question: A patient will have more than 1, in one case about 4 complex items. How do I record these in “Reason for contact” of the Progress Notes? I've been saving each one, and then adding another. It does not look pretty!!

Answer: Yes you have to do them one by one when they are coded items. If using Free text (uncoded) you can add the different items separated by a comma. It is not recommended you use free text though, as the items are unsearchable.


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Items of Interest

Changes for Overseas Visitors and Pregnancy at Northern Health

Northern Health has recently changed the way in which it communicates with and makes appointments for our overseas visitors for their maternity care.  Click here for details  (please insert attachment)  For further information around these changes please contact Private Practice Business Unit on 8405 2625 or 8405 2583. See here.


Equipment for sale

Medical Practice in Balwyn North is closing and all equipment is for sale including a vaccine fridge, gas lift treatment bed and other treatment beds, filing cabinets, desks, and other office equipment, waiting room furniture, spirometer, Hyfrecator, oxygen therapy, treatment beds, stainless steel trolleys, steriliser, liquid nitrogen equipment, other diagnostic equipment, telephone system, plus many other pieces of clinical and office equipment available.  Please enquire on or phone Ben on 0417 383 357 for more information.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Health Ministers Agree To Undermine Collaborative Care Arrangements And Risk Patient Safety; Plain Packaging Challenge Runs Out of Puff; AMA Welcomes New Report on Climate Change and Health; RACGP Elects New President; AMA resources for medical fees; Managing the Risks of Fatigue


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Men’s Health

Prostate Cancer and Health Promotion for Gay/Bisexual Men

Are you a gay/bisexual man who wants to know more or who has concerns about prostate disease, prostate cancer or has been diagnosed with or treated for prostate cancer? The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne, is assisting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to find out more on what information about prostate cancer is needed specifically by gay/bisexual men. Your experiences and ideas could really help.  Would you be willing to spend a couple of hours assisting this project? Focus groups to be run in Sydney and Melbourne in August.

To find out more, please contact:

David O’Keeffe, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne. Ph. 03 9285 5291, Email: or visit

This study is being conducted by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, ethics approval from La Trobe University FEHC application reference number FEHC12/129.


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News for Practice Staff

Nursing In General Practice Orientation Program

Please find attached a link to the flyer for Nursing in General Practice Orientation Program to be held on 11 & 12 October. This is aimed at nurses who are new to General Practice (usually less than 12mths) although other practice nurses are welcome to attend. Flyer.


Wound Care Update for Practice Nurses

Wednesday 31 October. The presenter is Jan Rice who is a wound care guru and is aimed at Practice Nurses at all levels of experience. Flyer.


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Women’s Health

Fertility Week, 3 – 9 September 2012.

Fertility Week is a chance to run events that educate patients and clients about how ‘the top five fertility factors’ – age, weight, smoking, alcohol use and the timing of sex – can affect a person’s fertility and chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby.

Fertility Week is a major event for the Your Fertility campaign, which aims to educate Australian men and women who want to have children, or want more children, about some of the key factors that affect their fertility and ability to conceive and have healthy children. The campaign is brought to you by the Fertility Coalition: the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), Andrology Australia, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and the Robinson Institute, and is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Family Planning Grants Program.

Organise an event during Fertility Week or beyond to educate patients, clients, service users or staff about the key fertility factors. You’ll find everything you need in the Your Fertility pack at

Watch the preconception health video Optimising Your Fertility presented by fertility expert Professor Rob Norman, Director of the Robinson Institute – available at from Monday 3 September 2012, or watch it on the Rural Health Channel from Monday 27 August 2012, check the Rural Health Channel guide for times at

Contact Helen Smallwood at or call 03 8601 5250.


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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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Drinking and Driving
I would like to share an experience with you, about drinking and driving. As you well know, some of us have been known to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from the odd social sessions over the years. A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends at the Marriott Hotel and had a few too many beers and some rather nice red wine. Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before: I took a bus home. Sure enough I passed a police road block set up for random DUI alcohol testing but as it was a bus, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise as I have never driven a bus before and am not even sure where I got it!


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And remember


            There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness".