North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1026: July 29, 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                                                Up-To-Date Website

Chronic Disease Management            Achieve Asthma and Allergic rhinitis control, Australian Pain Management Association  

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation Newsletter, 2010 flu season 

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Up-front billing of Medicare ineligible patients, Voice Analysis Clinic, Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Testing, GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        General Practice and Prostate Cancer

Mental Health                                      HeaD-ON project, Primary Mental Health Training 

Paediatrics                                           Childhood Gastro Update    

Women’s Health                                  The Management of Secondary Lymphoedema, Assessment & Management of Perinatal Depression                   

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Up-To-Date Website

The division makes a considerable effort to keep the division website up-to-date with valuable and useful resources for division members and the wider community. But as one of member GP pointed out last week there was one section (Primary Care) that had very much out of date resources, references to no longer used MBS item numbers and quite a few broken links.

Hopefully these oversights have been fixed but it should be emphasised we do greatly appreciate feedback (both positive and negative) on the website content so please feel free to contact Noel at the division via phone or email if you find broken links, out of date material or difficult navigation.


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Chronic Disease Management

Achieve Asthma and Allergic rhinitis control (AAA control)

Wednesday 25th August 6.30-9.15pm. Hosted by GlaxoSmithKline at Aashiana Indian Restaurant, Shop 4, 346 Belmore Rd, Balwyn East. To register contact Kul Singh on 0417 371 534.


Australian Pain Management Association

APMA’s website aims to offer pain management options and information for people with chronic pain. APMA provides specialised community support including a Pain Link helpline 1300 340 357 for the cost of a local call.


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Continuing Professional Development

CPR Update

Thursday 2nd September 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.

Aug 3 - Management Update Type 2 Diabetes - Dr Scott Baker.

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“The Kiss of Death” presented by Department of Haematology: Drs Allison Mo, Prahlad Ho, Teresa Leung and Prof Andrew Grigg

Wednesday 4th August, 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.


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Immunisation Newsletter

The Department of Health Immunisation Program Newsletter has a new look. The August Issue can be accessed on-line here.


2010 flu season

An update on the 2010 flu season can be found on the DH website.There is also is an alert regarding a hepatitis A outbreak (which presently is confined to a childcare centre in Berwick) on the website.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - “Purpose” of prescribing

In the Enter dose screen you are able to select from a variety of choices under the Purpose of action. When you select Print prescription nothing is added to the Purpose column of the Current Rx window.

Any of the other selections will be recorded a under the Purpose column of the Current Rx window. These can be later changed (edited) by double clicking in the area under the Purpose column.


This weeks IM problem - Retrospectively adding “Reason for Medication”

Question: Can I retrospectively add a “Reason for Prescription” – I am working on a research project and the doctors have not been filling out the “Reason for medication”.

Answer: From the patient’s clinical screen click on the Current Rx tab. Under the Reason for Medication column, double click in the blank area of a particular medication (blank because no reason has been added). The Reason for Medication window will open – select the appropriate reason from the coded list.


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Items of Interest

Up-front billing of Medicare ineligible patients - Northern Health

As of August 1, 2010 Northern Health will require patients who are not eligible for access to healthcare funded by Medicare to pay prior to receiving treatment. Please note that this will include antenatal patients. To ensure that Northern Health is able to provide patients with timely information regarding the requirement for up-front payment, the following must be provided. All referrals must provide the patient’s Medicare number or state that they are not eligible for Medicare. Referrals not containing the above information will be rejected. Could you please inform any Medicare ineligible patients regarding the introduction of the fee schedule when making referrals.

For further information contact Gillian Dickman, Operations Director, Specialist Clinics, Northern Health 


Voice Analysis Clinic

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is pleased to inform you that the multidisciplinary Voice Analysis Clinic accepts new referrals for patients with complex or persistent voice and/or throat difficulties (including chronic cough and laryngeal dysfunction). 

Please include the following information in the referral: Statement that referral is for Voice Analysis Clinic; Reason for referral; Onset and nature of the disorder; Relevant medical and psychosocial information, including medications; Need for interpreter. Waiting times for this clinic are currently very short and there is no cost to attend the clinic. 

Referrals can be sent by GPs or speech pathologists to our Outpatient Bookings Unit by fax 9929 8404 or mail: Locked bag 8, East Melbourne, 8002.

For more information about this clinic please phone the Speech Pathology Department on (03)99298223 or email 


Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Testing

One in 25 Australians carries a cystic fibrosis gene mutation, but most do not know it until they have an affected child. Cystic fibrosis is the most common severe genetic condition amongst Caucasians. Victorian Clinical Genetics Services has produced cystic fibrosis carrier testing packs. For more information see the website.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Family Doctor Week 2010; AMA launches patient petition to urge major parties to support family doctors; AMA releases health policy platform for Election 2010; Practice nurse policy needs constructive consultation to be fully effective – AMA survey; AMA President addresses National Press Club; Diabetes Advisory Group – decision without consultation or negotiation; Other top stories in Family Doctor Week; Family Doctor Week in the Medical Journal of Australia; Specialist register update.


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Men’s Health

General Practice and Prostate Cancer

Controversies and Conundrums workshop Friday 13 August. Jointly presented by the RACGP Victoria Faculty and the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, this one-day workshop, specifically designed for GPs, will form a part of the 11th National Prostate Cancer Symposium. It will be highly informative and interactive and will provide GPs with the latest evidence in PSA screening and new treatments for prostate cancer. Some of the world's leading experts in prostate cancer will be in Melbourne for this meeting and will join with Australian leaders to tackle the many contentious issues in prostate cancer screening, diagnosis and management. The knowledge gained from this workshop will enable GPs to provide the best continuity of care for our patients with prostate cancer and their families. To register for this workshop and view a detailed workshop program go to click here.


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Mental Health

HeaD-ON project

If your patient suffers 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.


Primary Mental Health Training

Calendar August – November 2010 - Flyer


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Faeces, farts & fibre – A Childhood Gastro Update

Presented by RCH Gastroenterology in partnership with Divisions of General Practice & RCH Primary Care Liaison

Wednesday, August 11th 7-9pm - 6:30pm register (with light refreshments) at Royal Children’s Hospital – Vernon Collins Lecture Theatre

After hours parking available on Gatehouse Street or at RCH. Applied for 8 RACGP Cat 2 CPD points (pending) Flyer


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Women’s Health

The Management of Secondary Lymphoedema

Wednesday 4th August 6:30pm – 8.30pm (Dinner provided) in NEVDGP Training Room. Lymphoedema can be very debilitating condition and the workshop covers risk factors, treatment and resources that can assist patients with management. Flyer


Assessment & Management of Perinatal Depression

A session for GPs and other health professionals presented by The Royal Women’s Hospital and Melbourne Division of General Practice. Speaker: Dr Olivia Wong, Senior Psychiatric Registrar RWH. Tuesday 3rd August: 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm (Light refreshments 30 minutes prior) at The Royal Women's Hospital: Cnr Grattan St and Flemington Rd Parkville. Seminar Room 7D, 7th Floor. RSVP: By 4 days prior to session to Ines Rio: Ph: 8345 2064 email: 4 (Group 2) RACGP CPD Women's Health points.


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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 


East Melbourne - Exciting opportunity for a VR GP in the Epworth Freemasons Health Clinics. The position will cover all aspects of primary care within a private practice setting.  No bulkbilling or after hours. An excellent opportunity to be in a friendly, supportive, private hospital environment with access to multidisciplinary CPD activities and key hospital specialists. Flexible working hours and excellent remuneration. We are in the process of moving to Best Practice Clinical software. Enquires to Joy Millen, Practice Manager on 03 9918 8912 or email


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


Greensborough Road Surgery – GP required to replace a Principal GP on extended personal leave. Full-time or Part time VR to join our long established family medical practice. Friendly and Professional working environment, fully computerised and accredited practice, excellent remuneration and support. Two full time RN’s (Clinical and CDM). Please contact Ann McCormack on 9435 0711 or


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


Reservoir - Female VR GP wanted urgently for fully computerised practice. 2-3 sessions 10am-1pm. Good wages. Start immediately to assist solo GP. Call Jim on 9469 2351 or 0410 795 708.

Practice Staff

Eltham Area - Practice Nurse, Div I /Div II Med Endorsed, wanted for a friendly, busy, fully accredited, computerised G.P practice. This is a P/T position (Wednesdays & Thursdays - school hrs). Please forward CV to: The Practice Manager, 700 Main Road, Eltham, 3095.


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Yoga for wine lovers


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And remember


            … What if the "Hokey Pokey" was REALLY what it's all about?