North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1023: July 8, 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:

Aboriginal Health                                Closing the Gap: Script Annotation for PBS Co-Payment     

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Medicines Use & Safety Study

Information Management                  e-Prescriptions, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  “Will you recognise your heart attack?” campaign 2010, GP Network News         

Mental Health                                      Important message from Dr Penny Burns, GP Fellow of Disaster Medicine, Does your patient suffer from recurrent headaches/migraines and co-morbid depression? Outpatient Treatment Programs at Mitcham Private Hospital         

News for Practice Staff                       Online Wound Information and Education  

NPS                                                       New NPS Audit

Paediatrics                                           Nurse-on-call           

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Aboriginal Health

Closing the Gap: Script Annotation for PBS Co-Payment

For practices signed up for the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, if you are offering patients the PBS Co Payment Measure to enable access to no cost or low cost medications for Aboriginal people from July 1st and have not yet had your prescribing software updated for software generated annotations, you will need to manually annotate prescriptions to the right hand side of the patients name and address details. The correct format is CTG and your initials. We are informed that Medical Director is working on an update. Contact Clare at the Division on 9496 4333 if you have any queries.


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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 3 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.

July 13 - Diagnosis & Management of Neurobehaviour Problems - Assoc Prof Mal Hopwood 

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Liver disease in pregnancy – when to worry” presented by Adam Testro (Gastroenterologist), Lucy Lim, Josh Butt, and Mayur Garg (Gastro Registrars)

Wednesday 12th 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.


Australasian College of Skin Cancer Medicine

Annual Conference - this year with a focus on “Awkward Areas”. August 27 / 28 / 29 2010 at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland

For more information and registration see the website


North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service Annual Forum

Tuesday 31 August 6-8pm. Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm. At Function Room 1, Manningham Council Offices, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

The program will include presentations on: Innovations in supportive care for women with Gynaecological cancers and Supportive Care Screening in NEMICS health services.

RSVP essential: Megan Dendle on 9496 3322. Email: by Friday 27th August


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Home Medicines Review

Medicines Use & Safety Study

Monash University is looking for GPs/Pharmacists/Practice Managers/Nurses with experience in providing care to residents living in retirement villages or with the Home Medicines Review (HMR) program to take part in a study. Participation involves: 1-2 hours group discussion with 5-12 other stakeholders (with refreshments). Time and location to be advised. Honorarium: $100. For more information: call Cik Lee on 9903 9025; or email See flyer.


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Information Management


A local GP engaged Noel in a discussion on the pressure to install e-prescription software. His feeling was that it was a waste of time. As a consequence Noel sent out an email to his colleagues across the state asking if anyone has had any experience of practices going down the e-prescription path. The answers were that it was too slow, not a requirement for the 2010 PIP eHealth requirement and just to wait and install nothing. That is, such sentiment exactly matched the opinions of the above mentioned GP and Noel.


Medical Director Tip - Quickly highlighting a template

When you have a long list of templates in LetterWriter simply type in the first 3 letters of the template name and that will take you directly to that template, e.g. type in STA and that will take you to the Standard Letter template. Works for the User defined templates but if you use the Supplied templates you have to highlight one of the top templates first, then type the first 3 letters.


This weeks IM problem - Summary items not printing in referrals

Question: I have ticked the Summary box in Reason for prescription and Reason for contact but the items still do not print. To overcome this I have changed the Inactive items to Active and then they print. Is this OK?

Answer: No. You have turned problems that have been cured or no longer exist into Active items. To make both inactive and active summary items print you need to modify the template. Right click on the <<Clinical Details:History List>> field and select Properties. Choose Ignore Activity or Group Active and Inactive rather than Active items only.


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Items of Interest

“Will you recognise your heart attack?” campaign 2010

This campaign aims to increase awareness and confidence in recognising heart attack warning signs and the need to get treatment fast by calling triple zero (000). The campaign targets men and women aged 45-65 years while also engaging the broader population to reappraise their knowledge of heart attacks with respect to their loved ones and to take appropriate action. The campaign will span across television, radio, print media and the internet commencing from 19th July 2010.

Supporting materials and further information about the campaign can be found at or contact Christopher Poulter at Heart Foundation Victoria on (03) 9321 1596 or at


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Family Doctors remain the backbone of the Australian health system ... but under pressure; AMA member survey of diabetes plan closes today; Support family doctors brochures; AMACGP meets this weekend; New rural incentives scheme begins; NRAS:  Medicare provider numbers; Roll out of new DVA cards


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Mental Health

Important message from Dr Penny Burns, GP Fellow of Disaster Medicine

The 2009 Victorian Fires are widely considered to be one of Australia’s worst recorded disasters. Experts in disaster agree that psychosocial needs are likely to be extensive in both the shorter and longer term, and a number of individuals are may require psychosocial counselling over an extended period. The Australian and Victorian Governments have recognised the ongoing needs and there are a range of services available. See here for full article.

GP Procedures for Mental Health Referrals through the Better Outcomes (ATAPS) Program. Mental Health Referral.


Does your patient suffer from recurrent headaches/migraines and co-morbid depression?

Please consider referring them to the HeaD-ON project, a randomised control trial of CBT designed for individuals suffering from chronic headache/migraine and co-morbid depression, to demonstrate the efficacy of this approach. We are seeking participants aged 18+ who have been diagnosed with frequent or chronic tension type headache and/or migraine (with or without aura). For further information or to refer a patient, please contact the Project Manager, Dr. Rachele Aiello on 9594 1483 or Maria Lawlor on 9594 1465.


Outpatient Treatment Programs at Victoria Court, Mitcham Private Hospital

Stress Management Program - Commencing Wednesday 21 July 6.30pm – 9.30pm, weekly over 6 weeks.

Suited to patients experiencing difficulty coping with day to day life when busy or put under pressure. The program assists with developing active strategies for problem solving & stress management.

Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program - Commencing Thursday 29th July 9am to 3pm, weekly over 8 weeks.

Suited to patients experiencing an acute episode of depression or anxiety/stress; Able and willing to discuss their current difficulties; Help them learn active strategies for symptom management, problem solving & improvement in mood.

At Mitcham Private Hospital, 27 Doncaster East Road, Mitcham.

For more information on how to refer into Outpatient Programs at Victoria Court, call (03) 9210 3155.  Or see the website.


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News for Practice Staff

Online Wound Information and Education

WoundsWest Education is an online interactive program designed by wound management experts. The program will help you provide better patient care by improving your ability to prevent and manage wounds. This evidence-based program is free and can be used anytime - day or night. Click here for more information.


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National Prescribing Service

New NPS Audit

A new NPS clinical audit has been released entitled ‘Review of opioid prescribing in chronic pain’. This audit complements the upcoming Pain Management visiting program that will run in the first half of 2011.

Online enrolments are currently available at and enrolment is available with PPR 51 which has been posted to you. Alternatively use this form to enrol. Enrolments close on Friday 13th August 2010 and the initial data collection needs to be submitted by Friday 10th September 2010.

Please note that this is the last paper clinical audit available for the current QPI year: 1 May 2010 – 30 April 2011.

Contact Dr Mary Levidiotis for further information on 9496 433 or


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This may be a useful alternative to a long wait in a busy ED for your patients when you’re not available/after hours. Please suggest this option to patients. Tel 1300 60 60 24 or see the website:

RCH GP website (Kids Connect): for nurse on call and other information for parents such as factsheets, maps for the RCH and about the ED and outpatients. 


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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


Livingstone Street Clinic in Ivanhoe - VR GP F/T or P/T required to work in this GP operated Accredited Medical Clinic. A friendly and supportive team environment in this fully computerised Medical Centre with Allied Health, RN’s and Radiology on site no A/H’s (flexible family friendly working hours). Please contact John or Ken on 03 9497 1188.


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 

Positions wanted

VR GPs available - Male/Female VR GPs available from 12/7 - from 1 week to several months. These doctors are fully registered local graduates. CVs and references available (fully registered without restrictions). Ph. Susan Hill on 1300 137 142 or Email:


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And remember


            If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?