North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1409: April 2, 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                                                NMML CEO resigns 

Chronic Disease Management            Weight management

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation Alliance of WA, Be FluSmart

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Emergency Response Planning Tool Webinar, New Patient Feedback Tool, Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) Online, Supplies wanted, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Northern Melbourne Medicare Local CEO resigns

In the March 2014 edition of its monthly publication “Local Links”, the NMML announced the resignation of its CEO, Ms Michelle Thompson. The NMML has not made totally clear the reasons for Ms Thompson’s departure other than to say: “It has been a very difficult few months for Michelle, with a recent personal tragedy, and she has indicated to the Board of Directors that she wishes to take some time off to be with family before pursuing other opportunities”.


We would hope that the change in leadership at the NMML may also lead to a change in attitude towards local general practices.


We at the NEVDGP have always been keen, as the general practice organisation recognised by more than 80 local general practices to represent their interests, to work more closely with the NMML in supporting general practice as the hub of Primary Care. 


We would welcome as a start, consideration being given to the  co-option to the NMML Board of at least 2 GPs whose practices are within the NMML area in order to provide the necessary perspective of general practice, which continues to provide 85%+ of PRIMARY CARE services.


In addition, a review of the membership applications previously rejected by the NMML, using some form of quota system, would in our view constitute a sign of rapprochement and alignment with the Division’s raison d’ętre.


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Chronic Disease Management

Weight management - evidence and practical strategies for a higher protein, low GI diet
This ThinkGP module explores the evidence supporting higher-protein, low GI diets for managing patients who are overweight or obese and suffering from associated chronic disease states.
Click here to begin.


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Continuing Professional Development

Surgical Office Skills (SOS) for General Practitioners

Wednesday 23rd April 1-8 p.m. 40 category 1 points. This course is designed for GPs who would like to update and refresh their clinical and Surgical Office Skills - from basic Local Anaesthetic techniques to simple or even more advanced procedures ranging from - drainage of an abscess to wedge resection of a toenail.

Designed by A/Prof Maurice Brygel, Director of the Melbourne Hernia Clinic and conducted together with surgical colleagues.  See and for more information or contact or 03 9525 9077.


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Immunisation Alliance of WA

This is an interesting website promoting Immunisation with are many useful links and evidence based information. There are posters available that reflect people identifying as having an alternative lifestyle, but the one thing they have in common is an understanding and trust in modern vaccines. Each of their stories highlights the ways in which immunisation is crucial to their community's health as well as their individual family's health, and shows different ways that they have come to develop their stances.


Be FluSmart

Vaccination is the best way to prevent catching and spreading influenza. See


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Information Management

This week’s MD problem - IT Service Providers - Increase Speed in Medical Director

Question: With the current Medical Director 3.15 update, some customers have provided feedback that they experienced slowness when opening a patient's record, accessing documents, results and/or letters.

Answer: To assist these customers, HCN Development has created a small executable “Eliminate_Slowness_when_Saving_Items” file which accelerates the opening of patient records, and the accessing of documents, results and/or letters.

It is suggested that your IT service provider do this for you by following the directions on the HCN website. This .exe file needs to be run on the server computer only, and can be downloaded from the link on the above HCN website.


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Items of Interest

Emergency Response Planning Tool Webinar

The RACGP is running a webinar to assist general practices to use their Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) on Thursday 10 April - you can register on their website.


New Patient Feedback Tool

The RACGP has recently endorsed and awarded certification for a new Patient Experience Survey developed by Press Ganey ... read more. Practices must conduct a patient feedback survey at least every three years to comply with  Criterion 2.1.2 Patient Feedback

The other validated tools are developed by: Cfep survey and UltraFeedback

Practices can develop and use their own individual practice specific method to seek patient feedback but it must be approved by the RACGP. Read more here.


Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) Online

The 1 April 2014 MBS files are now available to download on the MBS Online website ... read more. Please note that this is not applicable to Pracsoft users.

A summary of the changes is available at: 1 April 2014 Summary of Changes


Supplies wanted

Namatumba Health Clinic is located 1˝ hours from Jinja, Uganda in a poverty stricken community. This centre services the wider community and district in the area of maternity, delivery, ante natal, post natal, HIV and family planning education. It is extremely under-equipped. The centre is also viewed as the local trauma centre, which brings in additional complications for staff and patients.

A team in heading there soon and has the capacity to take with them desperately needed ‘protective' medical supplies such as; out of date non-sterile gloves, eye protective glasses, plastic aprons & sterile gloves. Please contact Janina De Silva on 0409 436 930 if you are in a position to assist.


GP Network News

This week’s edition available here.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

The latest APNA newsletter is available here.


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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


Carlton - Full Time/Part Time VR GPs wanted (flexible hours). We are a group of female medical practitioners running a high-quality, family-orientated general practice, with a practice manager, practice nurse and allied health personnel onsite (podiatrist, dietitian, psychologist and women's physio) plus on-site pathology. The practice is fully computerised and accredited. Phone 9380 4655, Email, Web


Greensborough Road Surgery is currently seeking a Full-Time GP, approx 8 sessions pw. A position is available for an enthusiastic GP to join our team in a modern, well-equipped 10-doctor practice, offering high-quality care in an experienced and supportive environment. Private billing, computerised, 2.5 full-time nurses, (clinical CVC, and CDM.)  Contact Ann McCormack (03) 9435 0711 or email or see


Montmorency - GP needed to join 10 doctor busy family practice. Accredited, purpose built clinic. Fully computerized. Flexible hours. Supported by Div 1 nurses, pathology on site. No AH or on-call, excellent remuneration and support. Call Kay on 03 9435 1144 or Email:


Practice Staff

Macleod - Medical Receptionist position available on casual basis. The position includes general reception, administration and cleaning duties.  Currently requires one-two sessions per week. Knowledge in PracSoft and Medical Director are essential. Please contact Lynette on 9459 8329 or fax your CV on 9459 8328.

Northcote - Division 1 Nurse. An old, established, solo, fully computerised practice with warm and friendly atmosphere is seeking a Division 1 Nurse to work Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm - total 12 hours.

Salary: Award Rates. Contact details: Neelam Berera on 0411 196 940 (mobile).


Reservoir: Summerhill Medical Centre is an established medical practice seeking F/T and/or P/T practice nurses to join support a dedicated team to provide exemplary care to patients of all ages.  Flexible hours.

Salary: Negotiable based on relevant experience. Contact details:  John on 0403 178 141 or


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Sex after Surgery

A recent article in the Dominion Post reported that a woman has sued Wellington Hospital, saying that after her husband had surgery there, he lost all interest in sex.

A hospital spokesman replied:

"Your husband was admitted for cataract surgery. All we did was correct his eyesight."


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And remember


            The man who invests all your money is called a broker!