North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1034: September 30, 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                                                Configuring Medical Director for ‘Closing the Gap’ Co-payment Measures         

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Diabetes update and patient education

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Conservative management of renal failure, Free Chairs, GP Network News         

Mental Health                                      HeaD-ON project     

Paediatrics                                           Calling the RCH for clinical advice  

Women’s Health                                  Shared Maternity Care Lecture Series                     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Configuring Medical Director for ‘Closing the Gap’ Co-payment Measures

The PBS Close the Gap co-payment measure has been developed to provide assistance to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to improve access to PBS medicines through co-payment relief. Practices participating in the PBS co-payment measure should have registered by completing the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive form from the Department of Health and Ageing. The NEV website has MD templates of the appropriate forms for patients to sign:

  • ATSI PIP Incentive Patient Registration Form
  • ATSI PIP Incentive Patient Consent Form
  • ATSI PIP Incentive Patient Withdrawal of Consent Form

What to do in Medical Director

  • Make sure that the patient’s ATSI status is recorded in patient software
  • Indicate whether your practice participates in the CTG PBS Co-payment measure via Tools > Options > Practice tab
  • Indicate whether a patient is registered for the CTG Co-payment relief from within the patient’s record via Patient >Details

Once this is done the CTG status will be shown on the patient’s main screen next to ATSI and eligibility will be printed on the PBS prescriptions. More information and CTG resources (e.g. waiting room posters) can be obtained by contacting Clare Chiminello at the division on 9496 4333 and by visiting the Aboriginal Health section of the NEV website.


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Continuing Professional Development

Hepatitis C Update and Bowel Screening & Hydrogen Breath Testing Update

Tuesday 5th October 6.30 for 7pm start at Barrio Restaurant - 77 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe. For GPs & Practice Nurses, presented by: Dr. Scott Patterson & Dr. Steve Lontos Department of Gastroenterology, Austin Health

For more information call Michelle Wills on 9341 5200 or see flyer.


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.

October 5 - Diagnosis & Management of Neurobehaviour Problems - Assoc Prof Mal Hopwood 

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

 “Your Attention Please! Is there an elephant in the room?” Presented by Dr Mary Britton, Consultant Geriatrician, Aged Care.

Wednesday 6th October, 12:30pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building, Opposite Medical Library. Informal lunch at 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


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.


Can you spot the difference?

The early detection and treatment of melanoma in general practice, presented by Dr Terrance Connors, Dermatologist.

Wednesday 27 October 7-9pm (dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, LaTrobe University, Bundoora. Flyer


2010 Better Hearing National Conference

7th to 10th Oct at Rydges Hotel Bell City. Better Hearing Australia is presenting exciting conference themes and structure on not only the latest technology and techniques but on innovation related to hearing loss management. See flyer.


Australian Asthma Allergy & Anaphylaxis Conference

March 8-10, 2011 at The Sebel Albert Park Melbourne. See here for more information and registration.


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Home Medicines Review

Diabetes update and patient education

CPD HMR Pharmacists Group: 20 October 6:30-9:15pm (Light Dinner Provided) at NEVDGP. Speakers: Meg Bayley, Dr Jenny Gowan

Please email Jenny for further details or FAX the attached flyer back to the Division.

Any Medication Review or pharmacy enquiries to Jenny: Mobile 0417 506 944 or Wednesday 9496 4333 or Email as above.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - How to lock Medical Director

With a patient record open, you can lock Medical Director simply by pressing Control + Alt + L simultaneously. Or from the File menu select Lock. The screen is blanked and locked and requires your password to reactivate. Quick and easy security is thus provided.


This weeks IM problem - Inactive patient list includes babies

Question: I am inactivating patients not seen for 5 years, but my search result includes babies and young children under 3. These however have no data in them. How come?

Answer: My only guess is that these the patients are registered in MD but haven’t had a recorded visit, hence no data. To avoid inactivating them I suggest you also include an age range in your search, e.g. patients over 15 as well as not seen for the last 5 years.


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Items of Interest

Conservative management of renal failure

The Renal Health Clinical Network (Victoria), in conjunction with Melbourne Health are undertaking a State-wide project to investigate the needs of renal failure patients being managed conservatively (without dialysis). GPs care for a large number of these patients and are therefore important stakeholders in the project. If you have had experience in caring for conservatively managed renal failure patients and are available to speak with the project officer, Fiona Spargo, please contact or 9342 4659.


Free Chairs

9 ex waiting-room chairs free to a good or a bad home. Burgundy vinyl, worn on arms, but of solid construction. Must pick up. Take all or will split them up. Ring Colleen Price, Livingstone Street Clinic, on 9497 1188.  


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Health minister meets GP groups; AMA to host summit on medical intern training crisis; Eligibility for Medicare benefits for dental treatment; AMACGP meeting; Support Family Doctors website; IT offer for AMA members.


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Mental Health

HeaD-ON project

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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Calling the RCH for clinical advice

Please call the RCH GP access line 9345 7060 and press 1 for ED – all general clinical queries (a senior doctor will take your call immediately) or press 5 for switchboard to speak to a speciality unit (who will return your call). Please:

1.      Tell the switchboard operator when you need the call returned (eg within the session – morning/afternoon – or within the day) and

2.      Leave a number you can be EASILY contacted on (eg mobile).

There are also many resources online that may be helpful – see the GP website


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Women’s Health

Shared Maternity Care Lecture Series - 2 evenings in October

Thursday 14 October GP Chair - Dr Leonie Griffiths, GP Liaison, Northern Health.

• Miscarriage and bleeding in early pregnancy Dr Hossam Elzeiny

• Infections in pregnancy Dr Teelak Weerasiri

Thursday 28 October GP Chair - Dr Leonie Griffiths.

• Challenges in the third trimester - Dr Alex Teare

• IUGR and premature labour - Dr Andrew Ngu

For both sessions - Time: 6-7pm Dinner and registration. Session: 7-9pm. At The Northern Hospital, Education Centre, 185 Cooper Street, Epping.

Parking: $4 hospital carpark or Epping Plaza carpark (directly opposite).

4 Category 2 RACGP QA&CPD points each evening - contribute towards SMC reaccreditation.

Enquiries to Sue Vallance, GP Liaison Unit, on 8405 8705 or Karen Overall on 9495 3140. RSVP by FaxBack. Click here for flyer.


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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) – VR GP wanted F/T or P/T to join our lovely established Family Practice, Accredited since 2001, computerised & with mixed billing. 1 in 7 Saturdays 8.30am – 12noon. No Sundays or Public holidays. Outer Metro area (Relocation Incentive Grants). Pay & conditions negotiable. Opening hours Mon – Fri 8.30am – 7pm. Sat 8.30am – 12 noon. Contact Sheila Bouskill on 03 9438 3888 or e-mail


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.

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 


Practice Staff

Bundoora Area - Practice Nurse Div 1, Grade 2, needed to join our busy family practice. Fully computerised, accreditated and friendly supportive team enviroment. Part time position available, 24 hours a week and holiday relief. Seeking self motivated nurse to join our nursing team. Knowledge of Chronic Disease Management, Care Plans, Childhood Immunisation, Wound Management and Triage. Please email yor CV to Nurse Manager,


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


Heidelberg - Part-time medical receptionist needed for medical clinic. Call Susan on 0401 032 678.

Positions wanted

Do you need a Diabetes Educator? - Nurse Diabetes Educator currently working part time at Wingrove Medical Clinic in Fairfield looking to work a few extra hours a week in another GP clinic.  If interested, please contact Val on 0408 990 461 or email


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Two men were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A blonde lady walked by and asked what they were doing.

"We're supposed to find the height of the flagpole, but we don't have a ladder."

The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took a measurement & announced, "Eighteen feet, six inches," and walked away.

One man looked at the other, shook his head and laughed. "Ain't that just like a dumb blonde?  We ask for the height, and she gives us the length."


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And remember


            …Every day is a gift, that's why they call it the present.