North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1237: October 10, 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                                                The PIP eHealth Requirements        

Australian Doctor Articles                  Introducing the PEN CAT

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

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

News for Practice Staff                       Two Day Diabetes Update for Nurses         

Paediatrics                                           Paediatric Dermatology      

Women’s Health                                  Dr Marie™ is now open in Epping               

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

The PIP eHealth Requirements

Last week the new PIP eHealth Incentive requirements were announced. The new requirements and associated dates are:

1.      Integrating Healthcare Identifiers into Electronic
Practice Records                                 1 February 2013

2.      Secure Messaging                               1 February 2013

3.      Data Records and Clinical Coding      1 February 2013

4.      Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions   1 February 2013

5.      PCEHR                                                 1 May 2013.

Practical assistance for practices to meet these requirements will be included in the eHealth Information Update evening on October 31, 2012. For the invitation to this event, open to all division GPs, nurses and practice managers, click here.


Please note that there will be no eNews for the next 2 weeks as the editor of eNews and the Information Management Program Officer are running away together for a trip to East Gippsland and don’t want to be disturbed...

... except by email in cases of emergency.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Introducing the PEN CAT

On the 9th of November, 2007 1 wrote an article introducing the Practice Health Atlas, the Primary Care Collaboratives Program and the PEN Clinical Audit Tool, stressing that to take full advantage of these 3 programs you need “clean” clinical data.

We have since moved great distances from those early days with our use of the CAT and many practices have benefited from their involvement in the Collaboratives.
The need for accurate clinical records still resonates today, 5 years later, with what is still being recommended in preparation for the PIP eHealth and 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.


Online Education with ThinkGP

Low testosterone impacts our male patients – follow a case discussion as an Endocrinologist is interviewed by a GP about the issues of managing a patient such as Terry in our practice.

Click on for this free piece of education.


General Practitioner Pharmacotherapy Training Program for Opioid Dependence

Sunday 11 November, 8.45am – 4.30pm at General Practice Victoria, 458 Swanston St, Carlton.

This session is designed to for those who: Would like to improve their knowledge and skills in managing problematic pharmaceutical opioid use; and Are interested in prescribing pharmacotherapies for opioid dependence within the Victorian regulatory framework. Flyer.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - CDA Documents in LetterWriter

When you open LetterWriter and select New you will notice there is a new e-Health tab with a list of CDA templates. As far as I know this is to prepare Medical Director for secure messaging capabilities, either using HCN’s MD Exchange or a 3rd party messaging system (Argus, for example). I am not quite sure where the implementation of this is up do and I will endeavor to find out. I did look up MD Help, even if only to understand what CDA meant. The Help screen, quoted below, left me no wiser.

“Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is an XML-based markup standard for specifying the encoding, structure and semantics of clinical documents for exchange. CDA-based documents are saved to the Letters tab of a patient's clinical record, along with other correspondence such as letters. When you open a CDA document, it is opened in the CDA Viewer.”


I will endeavor to shed more light on this after my 2 week sojourn in East Gippsland.



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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Application for ACCC  Authorisation; Standoff Threatens to Throw Doctors On The Scrap Heap; New Requirements for PIP eHealth; Changes to Medicare and DVA Bulk Bill Payments.


Inpatient Wait Time Northern Health Continuing Care

As at Wednesday 10/10/2012 the current inpatient waiting times for Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services are Rehab – 8-10 days and Gem – 9-11 days.

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


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News for Practice Staff

Two Day Diabetes Update for Nurses

Thursday 18 October and Friday 19 October 9am – 3.30pm at Carson Conference Centre, Level 7, Australian Nursing Federation (ANF), 540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

This 2 day diabetes update is for Division 1 nurses working in general practice, acute care or community health to update their diabetes management skills and knowledge.

For more information and to register click here.


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Paediatric Dermatology

Tuesday 16 October 7-9pm (registration & Light refreshments from 6:30pm) at Ella Latham Theatre, 1st Floor, Royal Children's Hospital. For more information and registration see here


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Women’s Health

Dr Marie™ is now open in Epping

To provide women with greater access to quality sexual and reproductive healthcare services a new Dr Marie™ centre has recently opened in Epping. Their services include: medical pregnancy termination, decision-based counselling, STI checks, contraceptive inserts, pap smears and 24 hour aftercare. Dr Marie™ is part of Marie Stopes International, a global not-for-profit organisation. Located at 27 Memorial Avenue, Epping. Freecall 1800 003 707 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.


Kensington/Flemington   - GPs Required - do you want to earn more than a %. Recently renovated and ready to reopen, a medium sized General Practice with existing patient  base is looking for dedicated GPs full-time and part-time.  Great conditions with incentive options. Administration and nursing support provided. The clinic is located amidst a thriving shopping strip with a busy Pharmacy next door. This is a unique opportunity if you are looking for something more. This area has a diverse community that offers GPs plenty of variety in terms of General Practice. For more information contact Karen 0417 591 587.

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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Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name?

A: You didn’t hold the pillow down long enough!


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And remember


            Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.