North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1221: June 20, 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                                                NEV services post June 30th 

Aged Care                                             Aged Care Interest Group

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, GP Network News        

Mental Health                                      Healthy body, healthy mind 

Paediatrics                                           Children with Physical Disability and their families

Women’s Health                                  Keeping Women Well                      

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

NEV services post June 30th

As indicated in earlier eNews editions and at the eHealth workshop last Wednesday night, we will be continuing to operate a reduced service in the following areas, Information Management, eNews, Practice Networks and possibly assistance with immunisation if we can afford it, initially until December, when the Board will review our financial position, but hopefully into 2013.

We have also advised NPS (National Prescribing Service) that we will continue to offer that service while Dr Mary Levidiotis is available to us. As with most of our staff she is considering her options, but we remain hopeful. To conserve our remaining resources the Board approved a 4 day week from July 1st, and so the Division will operate Monday to Thursday inclusive from that date. You will still be able to contact us for all 5 days and leave a message, knowing that we will get back to you as soon as we can.

For those of you who were unable to join the 140+ at last Wednesday night’s “Final Bash” meeting we will be sending you an individual letter setting out our reasons for not applying for the tenders which we understand have been offered to the Northern Division of General Practice, but as we have not been officially notified that this is the case and haven’t seen anything in writing from the NMML, we can’t confirm it.

As the Northern Division seems to be the successful tenderer for GP services (General Practice and primary Care support) for the NMML they are soon to pay for the PEN CAT 2012/13 License Agreement. Effectively this means Northern Division will have responsibility for supporting practices for troubleshooting, installing and re-installing of the PEN CAT.


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Aged Care

Aged Care Interest Group

Support and education in geriatrics for GPs who visit or are interested in visiting Aged Care Facilities.

'Rashes, Removals and Recipes' - Focusing on skin conditions in the elderly. Speaker: Dr Tim Rutherford (Dermatologist).

Monday 25th June 1-2pm (Light lunch 12.30pm) at Vasey House, 5 Tower Ave, Bundoora (near BECC). Please RSVP to Lorraine on 9466 9615.


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Continuing Professional Development

ThinkGP offers free online CPD to health professionals

Our most recent release focusses on Sally, a 63 year old Aboriginal woman with multiple chronic medical problems. After discussion with Sally, you determine she needs to see several different providers of care.  As Sally meets the eligibility criteria for the CCSS program and agrees to participate, you decide to refer her to the local care coordinator. Follow Sally's health care journey and learn about the CCSS program and the advantages it offer. Closing the Gap-Care Planning for Aboriginal people


Lymphoma, leukaemia and other haematological cancers.  Late effects of cancer treatment

What GPs need to know

·         GPs will learn when to investigate night sweats, lymphadenopathy, prolonged/recurrent infection, itch and how.

·         GPs will be determine when to be concerned  and what to do next with abnormal FBEs e.g. mild lymphocytosis.

·         Also covered will be - AML, ALL, CML, CLL. Some of these conditions need urgent referral. Some can be indolent and monitored by GPs for years and then become acute. The prognosis for some of these conditions has improved dramatically. This session will outline what does a diagnosis of these conditions mean for your patients.

·         Approximately 80% of all paediatric cancers are now curable and the prognosis of many adult cancers has also improved.  More and more patients are presenting to GPs expecting surveillance of long-term toxicities of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  GPs will learn what to look out for and monitor.

Saturday 4th August 9.30am – 1.30pm at Brockhoff Theatre 3rd Floor, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Andrews Place, East Melbourne

Registration & further information at:


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Sending immunisation reminders to still born or recently deceased children

This unfortunate situation can arise when you record a birth outcome and the name and gender of the child - this child is then added to the MD patient list. If the baby then dies soon after and is not recorded as deceased then (s)he remains on the active patient list and will receive recalls. The problem is there is nowhere in the Obstetric tab to record the outcome as stillbirth. For that matter in the Obstetric tab there is nowhere to record multiple births.


This week’s IM problem - How to add a leaflet to patient education

Question: How do I add my own pamphlet to the patient information sheets of MD?

Answer: The first step is to have your patient information sheet in Word, rtf, pdf or HTML format and saved in a place where you can find it later.

  1. Click on the Patient Education Leaflets button (mortarboard icon)
  2. Click on the + button and select New Category – rename the New Category folder as My leaflets (or something similar). You now have a logical place to store your leaflets.
  3. Click on the + button again but this time select New Leaflet – navigate to where you saved your leaflet and click on Open. Your leaflet is now stored in the Patient Education Leaflets for easy retrieval.


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Items of Interest

Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre

The new 8 story ONJCWC will open on July 2nd providing radiation oncology, day oncology, apheresis and some oncology outpatient clinics. In addition, a Wellness Centre offering meditation, art therapy and massage will open. Next year, acute cancer wards and palliative care wards will be opened. 

The referral process will stay the same.  A referral form is available on the Austin Health website, Referrals can be sent via email:, Phone: Ann Steven (03) 9496 5000 or Fax: (03) 9496 2097.

Hospital Contact details will stay the same.  The Austin Hospital switchboard is 9496 5000.

The new facility is located next to the Austin Hospital; a map can be found at Parking will be available under the Austin Tower, via Studley Rd.

For those who are interested, the Austin will be providing a tour for interested GPs of the ONJCWC on Thursday, June 28th at 5:30pm.  If you are interested in coming on the tour, please email Dr. Wendy Fisher, GP Liaison Officer at


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA urges action to address shortage of intern positions; COAG report confirms no improvement; AMA Council of General Practice; GP Referred MRIs Eagerly Anticipated


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Mental Health

Healthy body, healthy mind

This is an eight week program offered at The Melbourne Clinic, in Richmond, for individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis, who are experiencing difficulties with metabolic disturbances, eg. obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure. The program aims to improve the health and lifestyle of the above adults through education, advice on better nutritional and life style choices and development of appropriate regimes for on-going fitness. For more information please contact day program intake clinician on 9420 9236.


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Children with Physical Disability and their families - the things we don't talk about

The Royal Children’s Hospital Developmental Medicine is proud to host its annual seminar on Friday 17th August 2012 at the new Royal Children’s Hospital.  Presentations will cover: Anxiety and depression in children with physical disabilities; Sexual rights and responsibilities; Mental health of mothers; The experience of siblings, and Considerations for comfort and care.

To register and more information see Flyer. For enquires please phone 9345 5898 or email


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Women’s Health

Women’s Health - Keeping Women Well

Warringal Private Hospital has much pleasure in presenting this GP symposium on Thursday 28 June. For further information and registration please contact Marianne via 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


Kinglake Ranges Health Centre - Locum GP required to work weekdays from 9am – 5pm from  3 – 13 July (inclusive) – total 8 days. For further information, contact Laura Colliver on (03) 5734 8400


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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Woman claims watching 3D film made her pregnant - Newspaper article

A white American couple had a black baby, and the woman claimed she had become pregnant watching a 3D porno film. The child’s father Erik Johnson, a soldier, had been away for a year serving in a military base in Iraq, and on his return found the black baby at home. His wife, Jennifer Stewart, 38 years old, told him the baby had been conceived while she had been watching a 3D porno film.

“I see no reason not to believe her as these 3D films are very lifelike. With the technology of today everything is possible” said Erik, who registered the baby as his. Jennifer said that she had gone to a porno cinema in New York with her girlfriends. She had only gone this time to see how a porno looked with 3D effects. The child, she claimed, looked exactly like the black male lead in the film. “A month after watching the film I found I was pregnant. I am going to sue the cinema and the producers. Luckily my husband believes me. It could have wrecked my marriage, but he knows I am faithful to him.”


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And remember


            I do not enjoy computer jokes. Not one bit.