North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1022: July 1, 2010
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                                                Men’s Health           

Chronic Disease Management            Closing the Gap: Aboriginal Health

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      PPIs - their place, long term effects and other GI issues    

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  GP web portal, The RVEEH Electronic Discharge Summary Update, GP Network News          

Men’s Health                                        Advances in the Medical Treatment of Prostate Cancer     

Mental Health                                      Psychiatrist Accepting New Patients           

News for Practice Staff                       Two Day Diabetes Update, Cervical Cancer Prevention: a multi system approach for your practice, CliPPBoard       

Paediatrics                                           Need some advice on paediatric infections?                      

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Men’s Health

Last week, as part of the Men’s Health Initiative the division was invited to provide men’s health checks for the coaching staff of Collingwood Football Club. Dr Richard Harrison and Dianne Fueggle (PM/PN), both from Eltham Clinic (and coincidentally Collingwood supporters) took up the challenge. They both performed general checks, skin checks, glucose level tests and Richard discussed the possible mental health issues that may arise from stressful occupations such as coaching an AFL club. Richard, although he didn’t bring out the glove, did have a thoughtful discussion with them on prostate cancer and the necessary checks. The “boys” proved to be all very fit and healthy and should be great ambassadors for men’s health awareness. A short video of this event can be found here.


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Chronic Disease Management

Closing the Gap: Aboriginal Health

PBS Co Payment Measure

From 1 July 2010, lower cost or no cost PBS medicines will be available to eligible Aboriginal patients receiving care at a general practice participating in the Indigenous PIP. This measure is intended to benefit Aboriginal people of any age who present with an existing chronic disease or chronic disease risk factor. As the cost of medicines has been identified as a significant barrier to optimal management of chronic disease for Aboriginal people, we encourage all eligible practices to consider applying for the Indigenous PIP if they have not already done so. Click here for more information on the Indigenous PIP and the PBS Co Payment.


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Continuing Professional Development

CPR Update

Tuesday 20th July 6.30pm – 9.30pm (dinner from 6.15pm) For GPs, practice staff and practice nurses. As part of RACGP QA&CPD Program, GPs have until the end of this year to complete an accredited CPR course. This course meets the requirements for CPR training and has 5 Category 2 RACGP points attached. Flyer.


Term 2 GP Lecture Program

Meetings are held each Tuesday starting at 12.30 in the Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Pathology Building, Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health, West Heidelberg. Tea and Coffee provided. Course Leader: Dr Vin Nursey Phone: 9457 1736. Allocated CPD: 2 points/hour.

The first lecture for next term will be on July 13th - Diagnosis & Management of Neurobehaviour Problems - Dr Mel Hopwood.

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Treatment Advances for Type 1 Diabetes” presented by A/P Frank Ierino, Nephrologist Austin Health &

Prof Tom Kay, Director St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research With Jack Perkins, V8 Champion Super Car Driver Discussing his own experience. Panel: A/P Frank Ierino, Prof Tom Kay & Jack Perkins.

Wednesday 7th July, 12:30pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building, Opposite Medical Library. Lunch is now at 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


Common and Emergency ENT Conditions

Tuesday  3rd August 6pm for 6.30pm start presented by: The Royal Victorian Eye And Ear Hospital and The Melbourne General Practice Network at Staff Development Centre, Level 1, Peter Howson Wing, Eye And Ear Hospital, Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. Registration form.


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Home Medicines Review

PPIs - their place, long term effects and other GI issues

Wednesday 7 July, 7pm-9pm (Dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, BUNDOORA (Entry via Car Park 7). Enquiries to Cherry Braine on Tel. 8480 4606. RSVP by FaxBack. Click here for flyer.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Downloading and installing multiple templates, the quick way

It is a good idea, at times, to delete old templates and re-install new versions. This is particularly the case when item numbers change.

1.  Download all the new templates from the NEVDGP website onto the desktop.

2.  Open LetterWriter and from the File menu select Modify template.

3.  Double click on Blank template.

4.  From the File menu select Import, navigate your way to the desktop and open the first template. Once it is on the screen go to the File menu and select Save as template – type in a logical name and then press Save.

5.  Return to the File menu and select Import and do the same as point 4 above. In other words don’t close the file on the screen or close LetterWriter – just keep going back to the File menu and selecting Import, saving each as a template as you go.


This weeks IM problem - Turning on the New Correspondence prompt

Question: I work in two practices. In one I am prompted when there has been new correspondence added to a patient file. In my own practice there is no such prompt. How do I turn it on?

Answer: From the Tools menu select Options and then click on the Prompts tab. Scroll through the Prompt list and place a tick in the New Correspondence box.


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Items of Interest

GP web portal

The Victorian Department of Health has developed a web portal for GPs that will provide quick and easy access to Victorian Government websites commonly used by general practice. The site will help GPs and general practice staff to more readily access information and resources relevant to general practice. Of particular importance to GPs the following subject areas were noted: Hospital surgery waiting times; Immunisation information; Notifications of infectious disease; Drugs and poisons. General Practice Links Website:


The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Electronic Discharge Summary Update

HealthSMART is the state government program to upgrade the computer systems of Victoria’s public hospitals and community health centres.  The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital expects to implement the HealthSMART system towards the end of August. This will allow the distribution of discharge summaries electronically. 

The electronic discharge summary will be delivered via the HealthLink secure messaging service. If you do not have HealthLink software at your practice, and would like to receive electronic discharge summaries from The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, visit and click on “subscribe to HealthLink”, which is found under “useful links” on the main page. Subscribing to this service is free for your general practice. 

The HealthSMART application uses the Victorian Government’s Human Services Directory database to access GP contact details. Ensuring your practice details are current on this database is essential. HealthLink creates and supplies the HSD with your practice’s electronic address. (EDI Number)

If you are still unsure if your practice has HealthLink, would like to ask any further questions, or to trouble shoot any issues with your HealthLink subscription, contact HealthLink Support on: Ph 1800 125 036 Fax 1800 151 146 Email 

If no HealthLink address is recorded for your practice on the Human Services Directory, it will default to the fax number recorded and you will get a faxed discharge summary. Failing either of these options, you will get a printout of the discharge summary in the post.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Supporting family doctors – AMA listening tour; AMA member survey:  new diabetes scheme; GPs get extra support to train new GPs; Time to put focus on links between alcohol and cancer; Members recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours list


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Men’s Health

Advances in the Medical Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Join Medical Oncologist, Associate Professor Ian Davis for a discussion about the latest advances in the medical treatment of prostate cancer. This free session is open to people affected by prostate cancer, health professionals and the general community.

Wednesday 28th July 6-8pm (Refreshments available) at Rooms 4.4 & 4.5 Education Centre - Austin Tower, Austin Hospital - 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg. Parking available on & off site. On site parking $8.00. RSVP essential by Friday 23rd July to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia on 9948 2070.


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Mental Health

Psychiatrist Accepting New Patients

Dr Maria Kiang has commenced private practice with The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond. She specialises in the treatment of middle-aged people with a special interest in Psychotherapy (Psychodynamic & CBT), Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Personality Disorders & Mental Health Issues in Women. Referrals may be faxed to 9487 4636, or discussed by phone on 9487 4635.


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News for Practice Staff

Two Day Diabetes Update

Diabetes Australia - Vic presents a two day diabetes update for Division 1 and 2 Nurses working in general practice, acute care or community health to update their diabetes management skills and knowledge. Areas covered include Anatomy/physiology overview, Medications, Monitoring, Nutrition, Physical activity, Complications. Plus more. 29–30 July 9.30am–4.30pm at Diabetes Australia – Vic 570 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Cost: HP Member (Diabetes Australia – Vic) $300.00 (incl GST) $275.00 Early Bird (EB) rate. Non member $350.00 (incl GST) $300.00 EB rate. Register two weeks prior for the EB rate. Includes all course materials, morning tea and lunch. Enquiries and RSVP contact Diabetes Australia – Vic on Tel. 9667 1728 Fax: 9667 1778 or


Cervical Cancer Prevention: a multi system approach for your practice

Cancer Council Victoria in conjunction with PapScreen Victoria are offering Division 1 and 2 practice nurses who are not currently accredited nurse Pap test providers and practice managers the opportunity to attend this 2-hour workshop. Wednesday 4 August 6.30pm - 8.30pm (registration and refreshments from 6.00pm) at Main Conference Room, Cancer Council Victoria, 100 Drummond Street, Carlton. Flyer


The Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) is working on an exciting Project called the Practice Nurse Collaborative Policy and Procedures Project, also known as CliPPBoard. The CliPPboard web portal will assist practice nurses to meet professional and accreditation standards, as well as provide online CPD opportunities.APNA seeks your assistance in designing this brand new web portal. Your feedback will directly influence the development of this online resource, ensuring it reflects the needs and priorities of practice nurses. APNA is seeking the views of as many practice nurses in Victoria as possible, so you are invited to complete the survey at this link Please Note: If you have not already started this survey, leave both the User name and Password fields blank and click the ‘Go to survey’ button. A unique log in will be generated for you. More information about the project and the Survey is available via the same link. For any enquiries, please contact Lucy Dear at the Australian Practice Nurses Association on (03) 9669 7402 or . *This survey will close on Thursday July 8 at 5:00pm*


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Need some advice on paediatric infections?

The RCH Infectious Diseases Fellow is happy to take your call. Call RCH switch on 9345 5522, ask for the I.D. Fellow (pager 5739) OR ask to leave your name (include that you’re a GP) & a number for the rest of the day (eg clinic + mobile). They’ll call you back ASAP.

RCH GP website (Kids Connect): to find the DoH guidelines for the minimum period of exclusion from school (etc) for children after and during an infectious disease. 


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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


Diamond Creek (near Eltham & Greensborough) -  Dr wanted full time or part-time to join our lovely established Family Practice, accredited since 2001, computerised & with mixed billing. 1 in 6 Saturdays  8.30am – 12.noon. No Sundays or Public holidays. Outer Metro area (Relocation incentive grants). Pay and conditions negotiable. Opening hours Mon- Friday 8.30am – 7pm. Contact Sheila Bouskill on 03 9438 3888 or e-mail


Fairfield - F/t or  P/T VR GP or Subsequent Trainee GP positions available. ( To cover maternity leave position and other sessions available) GP operated computerised, fully accredited medical centre with nursing support.  A friendly and supportive team environment with flexible family friendly working hours. Excellent remuneration. Please contact Rosa on 03 9481 4861 or 0417 596 180


Kensington - Locum position available from July to December: Interesting community-based general practice including youth, young adults, newly arrived refugees. An enthusiastic, compassionate, dedicated VR GP reqired to work 2-4 days/week for six months, more if possible. Excellent nursing support - GP/Nurse ratio 1 to 1 FTE. Fully electronic, Collaboratives practice, participate in preventative care utilising the PEN CAT Data Extraction Tool and Doctors Control Panel. Salary or percentage split options. Flexible hours between 8:30am-6:00pm. Research and special interests encouraged. Contact Janina De Silva on (03) 8378 1600 or email


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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"You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving skills today."

They left a little note on the windscreen.

It said, 'Parking Fine.'

"So that was nice."


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And remember


            …Always look out for Number One and be careful not to step in Number Two.