North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1236: October 3, 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                                                eHealth Professional Development Update Session coming soon!!           

Australian Doctor Articles                  Time for a Spring Clean

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation Newsletter    

Information Management                  Personally Controlled eHealth Record System, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  NEMICS Newsletter, Inpatient Wait Time Northern Health Continuing Care, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter, Orientation Program for Nurses New to General Practice         

Women’s Health                                  Let’s Talk about Menopause, The Sydney International Breast Cancer Congress                              

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

eHealth Professional Development Update Session coming soon!!

Practices need quite a level of support to help in the preparation of applying for the individual and organisation health identifiers which are essential parts in preparing for the roll out of eHealth initiatives, including the Personally Controlled electronic Health Record. While this roll out is proceeding at a relatively slow pace, it is coming and practice eHealth PIP payments will be most likely tied to a practice’s level of preparedness. Whether this is a good thing or a bad question is not the question. You need to be armed with knowledge of “what it is all about”.

To this end the North East Valley Division is organising and eHealth Update to build on the session we ran in June earlier this year. We have invited back Dr Nathan Pinskier, Deputy Head National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) clinical unit, to give us another update on what is happening in the national eHealth arena, what are the expectations of practices and to provide a valuable forum for you to ask questions.

Additional to the presentation by Nathan will be a presentation by the division’s IM Program Officer Mr Noel Stewart, on how to prepare your clinical patients records for an easier transition to eHealth as well as an overview of the lessons learnt from the division organised clinical audits.

We also hope to share with you, some of the positive and negative experiences of practice managers who have already gone through the process of applying for the “hippos” (organisation health identifiers) and the “hippies” (individual practitioner health identifiers).

For the invitation to this event, open to all division GPs, nurses and practice managers, to be held on Wednesday, October 31, click here.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Time for a Spring Clean

In spring of 2007 1 wrote an article about the need to “spring clean” practice data to better prepare for clinical and business decision support tools such as the PEN Clinical Audit Tool. The case is much the same today except the clinical data needs a continual “spring clean” to prepare for eHealth changes, particularly the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCeHR). These are some of the suggestions I made in 2000:

  • Inactivate patients not seen for 3 years
  • Ensure medications lists reflect what the patient is currently taking
  • Ensure history lists are accurate using “coded” diagnoses
  • Ensure all clinicians  know how the “Reason for contact”, “Reason for prescription” and “Past history” items interact with the Summary lists and Reason for contact” in progress notes.

This sounds all so familiar with what is still being recommended today in preparation for the PCeHR. To read the complete article click here.


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Continuing Professional Development

eHealth Update

Wednesday 31 October 7-9pm (registration & meal from 6.30) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe Uni. Presented by Dr Nathan Pinskier and Noel Stewart. Flyer.


Dizziness/Vertigo & Common Eyelid Disorders

Presented by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Tuesday 16 October 7-9pm (Light refreshments from 6.30pm) at Lucy Jones Hall, (entrance off 428 Albert St, cnr Morrison Pl), Eye And Ear Hospital, Gisborne Street,  East Melbourne. Flyer or register online here.


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Immunisation Newsletter

Latest immunisation newsletter from Department of Health can be found here.


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Information Management

Personally Controlled eHealth Record System  

The Australian Government is currently introducing the personally controlled eHealth record system (PCEHR). For more information click here.

General Practices and other health care organisations can now register to participate in the personally controlled electronic health record system (PCEHR). and it is important to note that individual healthcare professionals do not need to register, as they will be authorised by their healthcare organisation to access and use the eHealth record system. More information from the DoHA website click here.

The division sponsored eHealth update on October 31 will provide further up to date information.


Medical Director Tip - Medical Director/Pracsoft 3.14 Upgrade

This major CD update for September 2012 contains some dramatically changed screens, especially:

·         Results

·         Letters

·         Documents

You can scan or import from all 3 tabs and then be prompted into which tab you wish the document to be saved. You will immediately notice these screens being very different, or as some might say, cluttered. It will take a while to get used to them.  These changes have been made to improve document handling and give you the choice of where to place incoming and outgoing correspondence. This should hopefully allow you to set up Letters for outgoing correspondence and Documents for incoming correspondence.

In the coming weeks I will go over these major changes and write about them in eNews (or ask your local Medicare Local for assistance).

Correspondence tab

The major CD update for September 2012 contains a new Correspondence tab of the Clinical Window which displays a list of all patient documents, as found in the:

·         Documents tab

·         Results tab

·         Letters tab

You can scan or import new documents via the Correspondence tab, and store them on any of the tabs mentioned above. Note that the Correspondence tab is not available to users with basic access. Such users can scan/import via the Scan/Import of the Letters and Documents tabs.


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Items of Interest

NEMICS Newsletter

The September edition of the full newsletter here.

Highlights for this edition are: The 2012 NEMICS Annual Forum with keynote speaker Professor Stewart Dunn. Successful Professional Development Grant recipients. Region wide Melanoma MDM commencing soon.


Inpatient Wait Time Northern Health Continuing Care

As at Tuesday 2/10/2012 the current inpatient waiting times for Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services are Rehab - 0 days please refer, and Gem - 0 days please refer.

For further information/ assistance please contact: The ACCESS office on 9495 3443.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Communiqué – National Summit on Alcohol Marketing to Young People; Alcohol Industry self-regulation has failed; Veterans’ MATES – Proton Pump Inhibitors – How much for how long?; National Walk to Work Day.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

The latest APNA newsletter can be found here.  


Orientation Program for Nurses New to General Practice

Thursday 11 & Friday 12 October at Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston Street, Carlton. Cost: $250.00 (GST inc).  The fee includes all course materials, morning tea and lunch on both days

This 2 day workshop will support nurses who are working in general practice and are new to the nurse’s role or for the nurse who would benefit from an overview of the general practice setting.

Registration form.


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Women’s Health

Let’s Talk about Menopause 

This week Thinkgp presents an education module produced in collaboration with Jean Hailes for Women's Health and Family Planning NSW. Click here to start this free education.


The Sydney International Breast Cancer Congress

The Congress will be held in Sydney from 23rd– 26th October at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will provide Australian and international delegates with the chance to learn and network with leading breast cancer organisations in Australia and experts from around the world.  For more information, please contact Katy McMillan on (02) 9291 3396, 0424 465 060 or email or visit


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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


Doutta Galla Community Health - VR GPs wanted for After-hours private/mix billing practice opening soon at Doutta Galla Community Health Service. Located in the vibrant, diverse, inner city Melbourne community of Kensington, Sessions available - Monday and Thursday evening from 6:00pm - 10:00pm or 2:00pm - 10:00pm. Research encouraged and special interests supported, close proximity to the University of Melbourne and seven major metropolitan hospitals. To find out more and obtain a position description, contact the Practice Manager, Janina on 8378 1647 or email or visit the website.

Positions wanted

Finance Administrator available - The NEVDGP’s (ex!) Finance Administrator of 17 years, is looking for a couple of new clients for her own bookkeeping business, which she has also run for @ 16 years.

She currently has two other medium/large medical practices as clients, so is very familiar with the accounting and bookkeeping required for medical practices.

She works with MYOB, is a registered BAS Agent and is very conversant with all aspects of bookkeeping and accounting.

Contact Anne MacDonald on 0413 589 499


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Answering the age old question.....

Mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a couple of nice cold beers. The day was really quite beautiful, and the brew facilitated some deep thinking on various topics.

Finally I thought about an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the testicles?

Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the testicles.

Well, after another beer, and some more heavy deductive thinking, I realized that getting kicked in the testicles is far more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason...........

A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, "It might be nice to have another child."

But, you never hear a guy say, "You know, I think I would like another kick in the testicles."


Case closed!!!!


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And remember


            …Success is a relative term - it brings so many relatives.