North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1401: February 5, 2014
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                                                Division begins the New Year          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       HPV School Vaccination Program reminder, Update to Refugee Immunisation Information

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Order of Australia awarded to Dr Harry Hemley, North East Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service website, The Dark Side of Tanning, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital GP Survey

News for Practice Staff                       Nurse Immuniser Program, APNA newsletter

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Division begins the New Year

Welcome to the first eNews for the year 2014. While operating on a limited budget (compared to other health support organisations) we are happy to continue to provide services such as MD training, non-judgemental practice clinical software audits and fishing tips. We can also help with immunisation, practice accreditation, practice manager and practice nurse support.

Noel’s usual days are Tuesday/Wednesday, but can be emailed at any time if you have any queries. Wendy works one day a week, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, but like Noel can be contacted at any time via email.

Deadline for eNews articles to Patty is by Wednesday morning 9am.

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Continuing Professional Development

Skin cancer prevention & vitamin D
Skin cancers account for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia. Each year, Australians are 4 times more likely to develop a common skin cancer than any other form of cancer. 
This ThinkGP activity will guide GPs through the epidemiology of skin cancers in Australia, including prevention, diagnosis and management. Vitamin D awareness will also be addressed.


Minor Surgery for General Practitioners

Saturday and Sunday, 22 & 23 March at Skills Laboratory, RACS Skills & Education Centre Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Corner of Spring Street and Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. This program aims to enhance the surgical skills required for minor surgical procedures most likely to be carried out by GPs in rural or remote settings where specialists are not readily available. Flyer & Registration.


GP Skin Cancer Workshop

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March at Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria. This workshop was developed by Specialist Dermatology Educators at Skin and Cancer Foundation and Monash University and is suitable for GPs and GP registrars. The aim of this workshop is to upskill participants in the management of skin cancers in general practice.

Coordinated by Dr Alvin Chong, Specialist Dermatologist and Senior Lecturer with experience and special interest in GP Education.

Further information and registration forms available here.


GPA Webinars

GPA has announced a new program of webinars that are free to all participants. These are very helpful to assist with preparation for accreditation. You can also review presentations on the GPA YouTube channel.


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HPV School Vaccination Program reminder

Free HPV vaccine is being provided through the school-based program for: males and females aged 12-13 years occurring in the first year of secondary school; and males aged 14-15 years until the end of the 2014 school year occurring in Year 9 or 10. GPs and other health care providers may be called on to deliver missed vaccines or provide further information to patients. See the website for a range of information and resources in many languages.


Update to Refugee Immunisation Information

Please click here to view a policy update by the Victorian Refugee Health Network which you may find useful for understanding the Commonwealth immigration/health policy changes that have occurred over the last 18 months. There are now a significant number of asylum seekers on Bridging Visas in the Victorian community who have had their visa lapse, resulting in lapsing Medicare and work rights. This issue is being followed up however please be reminded that asylum seekers are eligible for free vaccines as listed in the Victorian Criteria for Eligibility, regardless of Medicare status. See website for the free vaccine Criteria for Eligibility.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - MD Upgrade 3.15

In December 2013 HCN released its version 3.15 upgrade to Medical Director, with a minor update, 3.15b, following soon after. This release has brought in significant changes, in particular the Document Management System. As with any new system it will be difficult at first, but overall the change should bring improvements in performance and workflow flexibility.

The patient screen now has the patient’s PCEHR a clearly visible.

In addition two new elements have been added:

·         MD Widgets – the main one presently is the MD prompts, a welcome alternative to what some say are the annoying “pop-ups”

·         MD Sidebar – this allows access to the excellent Better Health Channel information sheets

Over the coming weeks we will add hints in using the Document Management System and respond to any questions or difficulties you have with this newer system.

In the meantime time it is suggested you read about these features in the pdf help sheets provided by HCN.

·         MD/PS 3.15 Release Notes

·         Correspondence Management with Medical Director 3.15

·         Correspondence Management FAQs for Medical Director 3.15

·         MD Sidebar and Widget User Guide

In addition HCN has 2 recorded Webinars that walk you through the new systems:

·         Correspondence Management 3.15

·         What’s New in Medical Director 3.15

These are for viewing by registered MD users so you probably have to log in. Click here.


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Items of Interest

Order of Australia awarded to Dr Harry Hemley

We congratulate well-known local GP, Dr Harry Hemley from the Northcote Plaza Medical Clinic, in being awarded the Order of Australia. This was for his significant service to medicine through his lifetime devotion as a general practitioner delivering health care to the homeless. In the 1950’s in Fitzroy, Harry would line up, for his Mum, with homeless men to collect pasties from a group of nuns. This was to help the extended family living in a flat shared with his mum, sister, two uncles and grandparents. His alcoholic father had long left the family home.

Then, when 5 years old, a chance encounter with a kindly doctor who was treating him for a severe knee injury, set Harry on the course to becoming a doctor. He then went on to work at homeless shelters, establish hostels and co-author a text book for medical practitioners working with the homeless.

In a happy ending Harry did re-unite with his father 30 years later when he walked into his surgery. He had given up the drink for several years, and as Harry relates, “He was [now] a very nice fellow”.


North East Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service website

NEMICS has a brand new website! Visit for lots of new features and upcoming workshops.


The Dark Side of Tanning

A SunSmart advertising campaign commenced Sunday 19, January. The campaign is in its fifth consecutive year and aims to increase awareness of the dangers of melanoma. The campaign encourages Victorians to Slip Slop Slap and highlights the SunSmart app which details daily sun protection times. Further information and to view the advertising click here.


Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital GP Survey

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has developed a set of referral guidelines to assist GPs in determining whether or not a patient can be treated at the primary care level or needs specialist care at the Eye and Ear. These guidelines have been available on the hospital website since June 2013. As a part of their evaluation they are conducting a short survey open until February 17. GPs are encouraged to provide feedback.


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News for Practice Staff

Nurse Immuniser Program

The Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne is now offering the Nurse Immuniser Program, recognised by the Chief Health Officer. This is a distance education program specifically designed for Division 1 Registered Nurses who wish to become independent nurse immunisers in Victoria. Click here for program details.


APNA newsletter

The latest APNA newsletter is here.


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Positions vacant/wanted

Please note: All positions vacant and wanted from last year have been removed from the website. If you wish to advertise in this section email


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Japanese economy takes a dive

According to inside contacts, the Japanese banking crisis shows no signs of ameliorating. If anything, it's getting worse. 
Following last week's news that Origami Bank had folded, we are hearing that Sumo Bank has gone belly up, 

and Bonsai Bank plans to cut back some of its branches. Karaoke Bank is up for sale, and it is (you guessed it!) going for a song. 
Meanwhile, shares in Kamikaze Bank have nose-dived, and 500 back-office staff at Karate Bank got the chop. 

Analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank, and staff there fear they may get a raw deal.


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And remember


            … The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom.