North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1239: November 7, 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, AGM          

Australian Doctor Articles                  Cleaning up the data

Chronic Disease Management            New Program for Teens with Type 1 Diabetes, Supermarket Tours          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  HCN eHealth compliant, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Austin Brain Tumour Support News, GP Network News, Inpatient Wait Time Northern Health Continuing Care

Men’s Health                                        New prostate cancer website

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor


The eHealth session held last week (October 31, 2012) left many of the 100 participants a little confused. In the words of one GP evaluation form “after the meeting I feel more lost than Ulysses returning home after 20 years?” But at least now there is an awareness of the complexities of the eHealth PIP and its requirements. People are now starting to talk of the “Hippos” and the “Hippies” and that the practices and each clinician need their identifiers. The complexity and difficulties of applying for and obtaining the organisation and individual health identifiers is now well known and the division will try and make it easier. For a start there are the key documents for each of the 5 PIP eHealth requirements on the NEVDGP website. The first hurdle to get over is Requirement 1 - Integrating Healthcare Identifiers into Electronic Practice Records - due Feb 2013. It is important you read the documentation very carefully - Implementation Overview Requirement 1 (pdf). There is also another 2 sided document put together by one of the division’s practice managers – this too is on the website - Double sided summary sheet for applying for health identifiers, a practice experience - November 2012 (pdf)

We will use eNews and the website to keep practices updated, so each week you need to carefully read eNews.

Additionally the NEVDGP Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday November 21 will include an eHealth update of practical advice and information using the experiences of those member practices that have gone through the process of successfully applying for the HPI– (s) and HPI–O(s).


Division Annual General Meeting

The division’s 20th AGM will be held at John Scott Meeting House on Wednesday November 21. Apart from the formalities the evening will have a light hearted aspect to it and members are urged to attend. As mentioned in the editorial the evening will include a short eHealth update of practical advice and information. As far as a guest speaker is concerned the CEO and Chair have decided to use the divisions own human resources to provide the guest speaker role. Any member that has suggestions for content and material gratefully accepted, simply email or ring the division on 94964333 and talk to Ken or Noel.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Cleaning up the data

On the 14th of December, 2007 1 wrote an article carrying out an end of year clean-up of clinical data and setting the scene to ensure clean data. The items discussed were:

  • Forcing the recording of “Reason for contact”
  • Creating a list of all pregnant patients and check that the outcome has been recorded
  • Deleting old recalls that are no longer valid
  • Recording sample medications

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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Chronic Disease Management

New Program for Teens with Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes Australia – Vic is pleased to announce a new program for teens with type 1 diabetes. TEAM T1 is a self-management education program for teenagers with type 1 diabetes aged 14 – 18 years. It is based on the five day DAFNE program, which teaches people the skills needed to achieve intensive insulin therapy with multiple daily injections (MDI). Places are available for the first course in January 2013 at DA–Vic. Further information is available from the DA–Vic website


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 Robertson Road Gisborne on Monday 19 November 2012. 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


A GP managing a patient who has sequelae persisting beyond three months after a mild traumatic brain injury usually involves working with a range of other specialist health professionals, and possibly referral to a brain injury rehabilitation unit. This issue is discussed in a new and updated educational activity - Primary Care for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury-managing the complex patient. Click here to start this free education.


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Information Management

HCN eHealth compliant

MD and/or Pracsoft are compliant in the following:

          National healthcare identifiers service (Hippos and Hippies)

          Electronic messaging

          Data coding

          Electronic transfer of prescriptions

And coming soon:


See the HCN eHealth website for more details


Medical Director Tip - Changes to the Holding File – the top buttons


With the release of MD version 3.14a there has been considerable changes to the way the Holding file works. At first sight the screen seems a bit busy and confusing but essentially it gives you far greater control over the display and auctioning of results.

With the top buttons you can:

·         Control the location of the Preview window, Bottom, Right or off altogether.

·         Toggle between full and partial preview

·         Clear all filtering selections you have made from the Column Headings

·         Move the storage destination of the item between results/documents

·         Edit the Document Details of a scanned or Imported Document

·         Print a list of items as well as Scan/Import/Delete a document


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Items of Interest

Austin Brain Tumour Support News

Supportive Care for People with a Brain Tumour

Brain Tumour Support Appointments: individual and/or family appointments can be booked with the Brain Tumour Support Officer on Mondays during the Outpatient Clinic and Wednesdays up in the Wellness Centre. Bookings are simply made through the ONJ reception area, Wellness Centre or directly with the BTSO on 9496 3315 or

Brain Tumour Support Group

The Brain Tumour Support Group is a positive, inspiring and friendly group of people affected by the diagnosis of a primary brain tumour….. includes patients, carers, family & friends… new members are welcomed and encouraged.. Join us for lunch afterwards. Wednesday 14th November 11am-1pm at Group Room, Wellness Centre, Level 3R Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg. RSVP/Queries: Di Legge 9496 3315 or

Special wellness event

“Finding Peace within Uncertainty“– with special guest Petrea King (well-known author, inspirational speaker & facilitator). Tuesday 20th November, 3-6pm, Level 3, ONJ Cancer & Wellness Centre (145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg) Places limited, bookings are essential. RSVP: or 9496 6796

Mindfulness Meditation

New to the Wellness Centre Programs, this series of 3 sessions will introduce mindfulness meditation techniques. People are welcome to attend single sessions or all three. Sessions will be held in the wellness centre on Nov 14th, 21st and Dec 5th from 1-3pm. Bookings & enquiries 9496 8422 or

Supporting someone with cancer ……who cares for the carer??

We are taking the opportunity to have a session on self-care, strategies for looking out and looking after yourself. Tuesday November 27th 5.30-8.00pm at Group Room, Wellness Centre, Level 3R, Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre, 145 Studley Rd , Heidelberg RSVP essential: Wellness Centre 9496 3799 or Di 9496 3315

The morning music group

A weekly Music Group with John Hedigan (our Music Therapist) is now running on a Friday in the Wellness Centre Group Room. It starts at 10.30am - you can just drop in. Contact for more details

Online Brain Tumour Support

If you are interested and have not been in touch as yet, please contact Di Legge on 9496 3315 / or Cancer Helpline 13 11 20 ASAP for more info or to register. The Brain Tumour Support Officer is kindly sponsored by the John Cummins Memorial Fund


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GPs able to refer children for MRI scans from 1 November; Doctor backlash over Defence Force contracts; AMA applauds future fund review of tobacco industry investments; Accessing the AMA List of Medical Services and Fees - 1 November 2012.


Inpatient Wait Time Northern Health Continuing Care

As at Wednesday 7/11/2012 the current inpatient waiting times for Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services are Rehab 3 days please refer –and Gem – 9-11 days

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


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Men’s Health

New prostate cancer website

The Tomorrow Counts website was launched alongside the Tomorrow Counts book – a collection of ten stories of inspiration told by men who have confronted – and in some cases are still fighting – prostate cancer. The Tomorrow Counts website allows men, their families and loved ones to share their experience as a written story, video clip or series of photos.


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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


South Morang GP Super ClinicPlenty Valley Community Health is requiring Full time/Part Time VR Female or Male registered GPs to join our brand new family orientated clinic opening in December 2012. This exciting new clinic will be supported by practice staff, nurses, allied health, specialists and on site pathology. For more information please contact our Practice Manager, Cathy on 0419 314 839 or via email


Practice Staff

Northcote area – Div 1 Practice Nurse required 4 - 5 days per week to assist our medical staff in a busy general practice. Duties include wound care, travel health, immunisations, health assessments, patient triage, assist with clinical procedures and all other duties required in a general practice. Visit our website for more information. To apply forward your resume to


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In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where a family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and sombre. “I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news,” he said as he surveyed the worried faces. “The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant.  It's an experimental procedure, very risky, but it is the only hope.  Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the brain”.
The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a time, someone asked, 'How much will a brain cost?”
The doctor quickly responded, “$5,000 for a male brain; $200 for a female brain.”
The moment turned awkward. Some of the men actually had to 'try' to not smile, avoiding eye contact with the women.
A man unable to control his curiosity, finally blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, “Why is the male brain so much more than a female brain?”
The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, “It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to price the female brains a lot lower because they've been used.”


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And remember


            … For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.