North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1033: September 16, 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                                                Division on target for LMP referrals

Chronic Disease Management            Insulin Pump Expo 2010, Supermarket Tours          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation in pregnancy promotion        

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Arthritis Victoria, Quit Smoking in General Practice Study, GP Network News         

Mental Health                                      Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service, HeaD-ON project       

News for Practice Staff                       Important Forum for Practice Nurses, Scholarships available for Practice Nurses, APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards, APNA Membership – special offer, Practice Nurse Clinical Education Conference          

Paediatrics                                           Paediatric Neurology CPD update   

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

NB: There will be no eNews next week.


Division on target for LMP referrals

As of August 31, 2010, the division and its practices, working with Lifestyle Modification Program facilitator, Kim Welch, has already met its 2010 targets for the Commonwealth 40-49 year old referral to a Lifestyle Modification Program. This has involved 58 referrals with 24 LMP courses established/planned across 13 locations spread throughout the division. We are the only division in Victoria to achieve this goal and the program finishes at the end of November this year.

We are in a bit of a lull at the moment, as key members of our LMP delivery team are “out of action”; Janina De Silva doing voluntary work in Uganda, Kim Welch (LMP facilitator) on holiday in the Greek Islands and Kay Milner holidaying in Calabria. Noel Stewart is off to the Riviera next week, the Gippsland Riviera that is, for a week of piscatorial pleasure.

Come October we will be back in full swing and hope to get 100 referrals to the program by the end of November. If your practice wants more information on how to get involved contact Noel on More information on the program is also on our website:


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Chronic Disease Management

Insulin Pump Expo 2010

Presented by Southern Health and Diabetes Australia – Vic.  Three concurrent sessions: 

·        Introduction to pumping - all your questions answered - Elizabeth Hutton, CCRN, CDE

·        Advanced pumping for adults - what you don't know about pump therapy - Cheryl Steele, CDE

·        NEW Advanced pumping for children and adolescents - what you and your parent don't know about pump therapy - Adam Lamendola, RN, CDE

Tuesday 5 October 7-10pm at Monash Medical Centre, Lecture Theatre 1, 246 Clayton Rd, Clayton. Free for DA–Vic Members; $15 for non-members. Bookings essential: 1300 136 588. See flyer.


Supermarket Tours

Diabetes Australia – Vic organises supermarket tours in metropolitan and regional areas to help make shopping for food easier. As part of the two hour tour, local dietitians show you how to accurately read and understand food labels, select healthy food alternatives and identify products that are appropriate for people with diabetes. Participants will receive a show bag with the Diabetes Australia Healthy Shopping Guide, information sheets and other useful information. A tour is taking place at Coles 67 Main Hurstbridge Road Diamond Creek on Tuesday 5 October 2010 at 10.00am. Cost: $10 members and $15 for non-members. Limited bookings are available for each tour. To make a booking, contact the Diabetes Info and Advice Line (DIAL) on 1300 136 588.


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Continuing Professional Development

What’s New in Travel Medicine

Wednesday 6th October, 7-9pm (dinner from 6.30) Presented by Associate Professor Tilman Ruff at John Scott Meeting House. See flyer for registration.


Term 4 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 next lecture will be after the school holidays on Tuesday 5th October.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

Tomotherapy & the Austin: Magic with X-Rays” - Presented by Dr Rock Mackie

Wednesday 22nd September, 12:30pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building, Opposite Medical Library. Informal lunch at 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


Infectious Diseases

Wednesday 22 September 6.15 – 9.15pm, dinner included at Epworth Richmond, Auditorium, Level 2, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond. Free car parking is available at Epworth Richmond - enter via Bridge Road. RSVP: Jenny Jones on ph: 9426 8997 or Email:


Hepatitis C Update and Bowel Screening & Hydrogen Breath Testing Update

Tuesday 5th October at Barrio Restaurant - 77 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe Presented by: Dr. Scott Patterson, Dr. Steve Lontos, Department of Gastroenterology, Austin Health

for GPs & Practice Nurses. RACGP QA&CPD Category 2 points have been applied for. More information: Michelle Wills - 9341 5200 or see Application Form


Getting Plastered

Workshop for GPs and Practice Nurses

Thursday, October 21st 6.00 – 9.30pm. See website for flyer & registration details; only 18 participants so best in, best dressed!


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Immunisation in pregnancy promotion – partnering in health promotion

Mercy Hospital for Women in conjunction with NEVDGP have produced posters and brochures to promote women and their families attending their GP to talk about vaccinations that are appropriate to each group, with Influenza vaccine being particularly relevant.

The brochure can be found on our website. The brochure will be distributed to women when their first appointment is confirmed and the brochure and posters will be distributed throughout the hospital. Increased numbers of enquiries to GPs may result as a consequence of this promotion and appreciate your support in ensuring immunisation as indicated for pregnant women and their family members. We would be delighted to receive feedback if women attend for immunisation in response to this promotion to Dr Mary Anne Mclean, GP Liaison Medical Advisor, Mercy Hospital for Women, on 8458 4831 or email


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - ATSI Health Assessment

This can be found under the Assessment menu in the patient’s file. Unless the patient is “tagged” as ATSI this assessment is greyed out. Before starting the assessment you should make sure that the patient demographics, current medication, family/social history and immunizations are accurate and up to date. The patient or carer must be provided with an explanation of what will happen in the ATSI health assessment and how it is likely to help them. To be eligible for an MBS rebate, patient consent must be obtained before performing the ATSI health assessment.


This weeks IM problem - How to use Notes

Question: How do I use the Notes section, one of the tabs that includes Allergies, Smoking, Family/Social Hx?

Answer: This is where you fill in the information about another doctor that has referred a patient to you, the drop down box for referring doctor is linked to your address book. You can also add the health insurance information of the patient. The free text area is for additional information but is not searchable. This is also the area where you can add three custom fields.


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Items of Interest

Arthritis Victoria

This is a community-based, not-for profit organisation that aims to reduce the incidence and impact of musculoskeletal conditions across Victoria. They pursue empowerment and innovation for people in the community with musculoskeletal and related conditions, their carers and their supporting communities and advocate with and on behalf of consumers on matters affecting their quality of life. 

They run a number of programs to support community members including:

·        Self management programs

·        Physical activity programs

·        Early Arthritis and Lupus Seminars: for people recently diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis) and systemic lupus erythematosus

There will be an Early Lupus Seminar on Thursday 21st October. Further information about these programs and other activities available can be found on our web site: or by phoning our Telephone Information Service on 8531 8000.


Quit Smoking in General Practice Study

Practice Nurses and GPs are invited to join this randomised controlled trial which compares three types of support to help patients quit smoking. The benefits to the practice include: Practices will be paid $500 to cover costs; CPD points for GPs and PNs; nurses will be eligible to enter a draw to win one of three prizes of $1000 conference cost; Participating patients who are concession card holders are eligible for 8 week free nicotine patches; Practices will be paid for any staff time involved in the study. In addition PNs will be paid to attend the one day course in smoking cessation skills and for all counselling visits with patients.

The Quit in General Practice study looks at the effectiveness of Practice Nurses counselling to help patients quit smoking in the general practice setting. If you and your practice are interested to take part in the study or have further questions, please contact Dr Irene Blackberry on phone (03) 8344 3373; fax (03) 9347 6136 or email:


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: New Government must move on health reform; Practical steps to improve Indigenous health; GP groups to meet on GP-referred MRI; Medical registration renewal; Billing hospital in-patients; Support Family Doctors petition


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Mental Health

DACAS - Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service

The Victorian Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) is a free 24 hour specialist telephone consultancy service that assists GPs with the clinical management of drug and alcohol problems. DACAS offers prompt clinical advice on issues such as the management of withdrawal syndromes, substitute pharmacotherapy, medical and nursing management of intoxication, pain management, and the management of medical and psychiatric complications. 1800 812 804


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.


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News for Practice Staff

Important Forum on 28th September for Practice Nurses

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) and the Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) are well aware of the difficulties facing practice nurses in negotiating and winning better pay and conditions. 

It has been difficult to organise practice nurses and secure enterprise agreements that set out a comprehensive package of wages and conditions. In recent months the introduction of new ‘modern awards’, including the Nurses Award 2010 under the Fair Work Act have been used as an excuse by many practices to get nurses to sign new common law contracts of employment, contracts that you are not obliged to sign. Those new contracts often attempt to absorb long held entitlements for little or no increase to the hourly rate.

You can access this Award through the Fair Work Australia website at . If you have general queries about the Nurses Award 2010 or other matters you should contact ANF Infoline on 9275 9300.

The ANF and APNA want to get practice nurses together to talk about the employment and industrial issues facing you and practice nurse colleagues. To register for this forum click

APNA conducts an annual wages and conditions survey which is confidential and takes only about 15 minutes to complete.  We urge you and your colleagues to take the time to complete the survey, which is available online now at either or at and click on the survey link.


Scholarships available for Practice Nurses
The Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme, funded by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing is now open for scholarship applications. The scheme is an Australian Government initiative supporting nurses and midwives to undertake continuing professional education activities, short courses and conferences. This scheme is now open and closes on 1 October 2010. Please note late applications will not be accepted. Visit for more information. APNA encourages ALL practice nurses to APPLY NOW. 


APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards

The Australian Practice Nurses Association is proud to announce that nominations for the 2010 APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards ARE NOW OPEN! With five award categories, the APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding nurses working in general practice. In 2010 five awards are on offer, with prizes of $5,000 for each winner to use in enhancing their continuing professional development. When considering whether to nominate, remember that while what you do in your practice might seem normal to you, it may be novel or new to someone else. Refer to the 2009 Best Practice Nurse Awards webpage to read examples of what the past Best Practice Nurse Award winners had done in their practices.

Visit then click on ‘Best Practice Nurse Awards’ under the Events tab or call (03) 9669 7402 for more information.


APNA Membership – special offer for new members

Always wanted to join APNA but never got around to it?

APNA has a special offer for any nurse who works in general practice or primary health care who has never been a member of APNA before. Save yourself $35 on the membership fee (only $150 after the discount) and receive a special nurse USB. Just download the special promotion membership form here, fill it in and return it to us before 30th November 2010. Please note that this offer is only available to practice nurses who have never been a member of APNA.


Practice Nurse Clinical Education (PNCE) Conference

This year’s Melbourne PNCE will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 2010.

Visit to view the Conference Program and to Register for this event. **Note: Early Bird registrations close on 17th September 2010**

(APNA members may have received a letter of notification recently. This letter incorrectly states the early bird registration ends on 15th October - this actually refers to the cancellation date). Further information is available at or phone: 02 9422 2941


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Paediatric Neurology CPD update from the Royal Children’s Hospital

Register now for the final Practical Paediatrics Program for 2010, ‘Fits, faints, tics and more’. An outstanding line-up of speakers, and learning areas including headaches in childhood and adolescence, migraine, fits, faints and febrile convulsions, tics, head injury, screening for muscular dystrophies, childhood stroke, when to suspect a brain tumour, big heads, neuro-developmental issues and more!

Saturday October 2nd 9-12.30 with a delicious brunch at Royal Children’s Hospital (easy Saturday parking). For more information click here. Register online.


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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


East Melbourne - 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. Flexible working hours and excellent remuneration. Enquires to Joy Millen, Practice Manager on 03 9918 8912 or email 


Fairfield - F/t or P/t VR GP required for 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 Merigan on 03 9481 4861 or 0417 596 180.

Ivanhoe – GP required to work for 1 – 2 Saturday afternoons per month 12md – 4pm in our friendly well established Medical Practice in the centre of Ivanhoe.  Generous rates (underwritten). Please contact: Dr Peter Eizenberg (Principal) or Mary Howe (Practice Manager) - ‘Doctors of Ivanhoe’ on 9497 1644.


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 

Preston -   Ft/Pt VR GP wanted for a friendly long established family practice, accredited, fully computerised, registered nurse and on-site allied health. Contact:  Dr Quoc Tiet on 03 9470 3155, 0411 284 222 or Email:


Practice Staff

Fairfield - part time practice nurse and receptionist required. Contact Sharyn on 03 9486 6833 or email

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