North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1035: October 7, 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 plays its part in Collingwood’s grand final win     

Chronic Disease Management            Getting Started - type 2 diabetes program  

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Diabetes update and patient education

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  NeHTA Newsletter, GP Network News        

News for Practice Staff                       Holistic Wound Management, Australian Asthma & Respiratory Educators Association  

Women’s Health                                  Shared Maternity Care                     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Division plays its part in Collingwood’s grand final win

You either love them or hate them but congratulations must go to the Collingwood win and commiserations to the valiant St Kilda team. But it was earlier in the year that Dr Richard Harrison and Nurse/Practice Manager Dianne Fueggle, both from Eltham Clinic, and both avid Collingwood supporters, conducted men’s health checks, organised through the division, on the Collingwood coaching staff. So in the division’s own small way we made sure that the Collingwood coaches including Mick and Bucks, looked after their health and spread the word on the importance of men’s health. Thus, partly due to our support, the coaches were able to withstand the two gruelling weeks of the grand finals.

Drawing the long bow? Possibly, but the best team did win in the end! Go pies!!


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Chronic Disease Management

Getting Started - type 2 diabetes program

Diabetes Australia - Victoria offers people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes or those who have not had diabetes education in the past, the opportunity to participate in the Getting Started - type 2 diabetes program. Three 3 hour sessions are run over consecutive weeks by a diabetes educator and a dietitian and provide patients with the information they need to get started with managing their diabetes. A carer or family member is also welcome to attend. Programs are held at DA–Vic Head Office, 570 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Cost is $30 for DA–Vic members, or $35 for non-members. No referral is required but bookings are essential. For enquiries or to register phone the Diabetes Infoline on 1300 136 588 or visit our website - Type 2 Diabetes Programs & Services. The next program is on Thursdays 11, 18 and 25 November 2010 from 9:30am-12:30pm. Encourage your patients to register and Get Started.


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Continuing Professional Development

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.

Oct 12 - Management of Itch - Dr Alvin Chong.

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here.


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“A fever, a mass and hypercalcaemia…” Presented by Med 5 Dr P H Chia  & Dr G Somarajah Special comments from Dr J Torresi & Dr E Premaratne

Wednesday 13th 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.


Early lupus seminar

Thursday 21st October 5:45pm registration for 6pm start – 8:30pm Presented by: Arthritis Victoria - an interactive seminar focuses on the early diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus at The Austin Hospital Education Centre Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Austin Hospital Tower, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg. Flyer


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


Minor Surgery for General Practitioners

Saturday and Sunday, 6 & 7 November at Skills Laboratory, Level 1 East Wing Skills & Education Centre, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Corner of Spring Street and Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Flyer.



Focus on Eyes - Recognition and Management of Common and Emergency Eye Conditions

Tuesday, 30th November, 6pm for 6.30pm start, for GPs - at Staff Development Centre, Level 1, Peter Howson Wing, Eye And Ear Hospital, Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. Flyer


CPR Update:

Wednesday 1st December 6.30 -9.30pm (Dinner from 6.15pm)Update your CPR skills in line with new ARC guidelines Target Group: GPs, Practice staff and Practice nurses. Presented by: Mr David Bourke at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University [Map] Flyer


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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 - Editing a diabetes assessment

When you have the diabetes assessment on the screen there is only a Print and Close button, meaning that no further editing of the assessment can be done from this screen. However, you can copy and paste it into a new Blank Letter document in LetterWriter.

1.  Use the mouse and drag to highlight the whole document (Control + A does not work)

2.  Use Control + C to copy the highlighted text (right click >Copy does not work)

3.  Open a Blank Letter in LetterWriter and then press Control + V (or right click >Paste) to paste in the text – this can be edited and saved into Letters.


This weeks IM problem - Printing a diabetes assessment

Question: I have completed a diabetes assessment. How do I print it?

Answer: Once you complete and save the 7 screens of the assessment you are returned to the Diabetes Follow Up window. Under Assessments performed: there will be the date(s) the assessment(s) have been performed. Double click on the relevant date and the diabetes assessment will be displayed on the screen with a Print button at the bottom. Note that you cannot edit the assessment from this screen.


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Items of Interest

NeHTA Newsletter

Brought to you by the Clinical Unit of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) providing information on key issues and current events related to e-health in Australia. Click here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA success with Medical Board of Australia, Medical Board of Australia - FAQs on non-practising registration, Collaborative Arrangements, AMA Medical Training Summit, Practice Nurse Technical Working Group.


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News for Practice Staff

Holistic Wound Management: Optimising wound healing

Tuesday 9th November 7pm-9pm (Dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Presented by: Rachel Wass from Smith and Nephew for Practice nurses. Flyer.


Australian Asthma & Respiratory Educators Association

Monday 22nd November - Professional Development Day for nurses at Melbourne East GP Network. See flyer for registration and more information.


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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 environment. 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 your 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.


Ivanhoe - Registered Nurse - Div 1 / Div 2 medication endorsed. An exciting opportunity exists for a motivated, adaptable Registered Nurse to join our friendly well established Medical Practice. Hours:  Tuesdays 8am – 5.45pm, Fridays 8am – 1pm, alternate Saturdays 9am – 1pm. Cover for holiday leave, sick leave will be required. Uniform supplied. Please reply giving details of experience and reference to: Mary Howe, Practice Manager, Email:


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 – 0408 990 461 or email


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Mood ring

My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings, bought me a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor my moods.

We’ve discovered that when I’m in a good mood, it turns green.

When I’m in a bad mood, it leaves a bid red mark on his forehead.

Maybe next time he’ll buy me a diamond.


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And remember


            Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.