North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1036: October 14, 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                                                NEV Division AGM 2010      

Aged Care                                             Aged Care Interest Group    

Chronic Disease Management            Better Health Self Management Course      

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Diabetes update and patient education

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Northern Health Research Week, GP Network News          

News for Practice Staff                       APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards, APNA CPD Portal, Smoking cessation counselling and nicotine replacement, Nursing and allied health scholarship scheme, Preparing nurses for primary health care futures 

NPS                                                       New NPS Audit Available

Paediatrics                                           Anorexia nervosa study       

Women’s Health                                  Shared Maternity Care Lecture Series                     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

NEV Division AGM 2010

All members should have received their invitation to this years AGM by now. This year the venue is once again the excellent Adam’s at La Trobe at La Trobe University. Our guest speaker is Stefano De Pieri from the TV series “Gondola on the Murray”. Return your RSPV as soon as possible.


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Aged Care

Aged Care Interest Group

GPs who visit Aged Care Facilities may be interested in coming along to an enthusiatic group of GPs, geriatricians, nurses and others currently meeting every 6-8 weeks. Great speakers, vigorous discussion & common interest in delivering best care to residents in Aged Care Facilities. See flyer.


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Chronic Disease Management

Better Health Self Management Course

This course will be running at Banyule Community Health Service on an ongoing basis. It runs over 6 weeks, sessions are 2.5 hours. It will benefit individuals with a chronic condition, by promoting participants’ confidence, skills and ability to manage their health on a day-to-day basis. It is based on the concept of self management and is backed by extensive research (see and Please note that participants need to reside within Banyule. For further information and referrals, please contact: Service Access Department 9450 2000.


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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 19 - Arrhythmias with ECG Interpretation - Dr David O’Donnell

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


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


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


Emergency Medicine Update

Saturday 23 October 9-12.30pm at Medical Education Centre, Austin Health, Level 4, Austin Tower. RSVP by: Monday 18th October. [Registration form]


Clear Communication

Saturday 23rd 11am - Sunday 24th October 1pm at The Sebel, Albert Park, 65 Queens Road, Melbourne. GPs are invited to attend this free innovative program developed to provide a forum for GPs to acquire new communication and management strategies to enhance clinical skills and further improve outcomes for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Chaired by leading Respiratory Physician Professor Peter Frith. Clear Communication has been accredited by the RACGP for 40 Category 1 QA&CPD points. For further information or to register visit


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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 - Acupuncture tab

This tab is not visible unless enabled via Clinical Options.

  1. No patient record open – from the Tools menu select Options.
  2. Click on the Clinical tab.
  3. Select Show Acupuncture page option and click Save.

Now when you open a patient record there will be a new Acupuncture tab and by selecting New item the window will open.

This weeks IM problem - How do I do health assessments properly

Question: Can you walk me through the steps of completing a health assessment?

Answer: There are 2 methods of doing a health assessment:

1.   you can use the one that is built into MD – a wizard under the Assessment menu

2.   use a specially designed MD templates available, e.g. from the NEVDGP website

Either way once template or wizard are completed, they are saved under Letters. To access them you locate them under Letters and double click on the Name of the creator of the Assessment – this calls it up in LetterWriter where you can edit it and, once completed you can save it with a new name if you wish. If it is a different person completing the assessment it is better to use a different name as this creates an audit trail (who did what, when) of the different versions of the assessment, e.g. begun by nurse and completed by GP.

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Items of Interest

Northern Health Research Week 2010

Mon 8th – Fri 12th Nov including a presentation by Guest Speaker: Professor Joseph Proietto - “ Type 2 diabetes – a glimpse of the future”, Presentation of Small Grants Projects, Poster Displays and other Internal Speakers. See Flyer. RSVP: Fri 29th Oct to

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Claiming Health Assessments, AMA Council of General Practice, Rural Medical Committee, Plain Packaging Poll and AMA anti-violence kit.

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News for Practice Staff

APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards 2010

Nominations for the Australian Practice Nurses Association 2010 Best Practice Nurse Awards are now open. The awards recognise and reward outstanding nurses working in general practice. Prizes of $5,000 are on offer for each winner to put toward their continuing professional development.

Visit the APNA website for more information and to view the 2009 Best Practice Nurse Awards page for examples of what the past Best Practice Nurse Award winners have achieved in their practices. Email or call Lucy on (03) 9669 7400 for more information.


The Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) is pleased to announce that the APNA CPD Portal is now available for all members. The portal allows practice nurses to keep a record of their personal continuing professional development (CPD) activities, learning goals and certificates and ensures that they are prepared in case of audit by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. It also contains links to useful resources on CPD requirements under National Registration, competency standards and education.

Effectiveness of nurse-delivered smoking cessation counselling and nicotine replacement

This study published by the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, highlights how practice nurses can be effective providers of smoking cessation support in the primary care setting. Smokers were identified by their GP and referred to the practice nurse for counselling and free nicotine patches. The outcome data indicates that there is scope for using and further developing the role of practice nurses for providing cessation support. Read the full report here.

Nursing and allied health scholarship scheme

The Commonwealth Government has appointed the Royal College of Nursing and Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health Inc (SARRAH) to administer the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS). Over the next four years the NAHSSS will support undergraduate and postgraduate study, clinical placements and continuing professional development activities for nursing and allied health students and professionals. More information about the scholarships can be found on the RCNA website and the SARRAH website.

Preparing nurses for primary health care futures: how well do Australian nursing courses perform?

Given the scope of nurses' practice, the success of Australia's proposed health reforms are dependent on a nursing workforce that is educated and prepared for practice. This article explains the results of a national audit of undergraduate nursing curricula to examine the extent of professional socialisation and educational preparation of nurses for primary health care. The results of the audit are compared with Australian nursing standards for competency in primary health care. See the full report on the CSIRO website.  

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National Prescribing Service

New NPS Audit Available

The NPS has just launched a new Clinical e-Audit, titled ‘Management of Hypertension’. 

In response to GP feedback, this clinical e-Audit now involves a review of only 10 patients.  NPS will apply for this activity to be approved in the 2011-13 triennium for the RACGP QA&CPD and ACRRM PD programs. Note, that initial data must be submitted by Monday 28th March 2011, to enable completion of the audit by 30th April 2011, for inclusion into the current QPI PIP cycle. An enrolment form can be obtained here.

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Do you have a patient with anorexia nervosa and aged 12-18 years?

The Royal Children’s is conducting a study of outpatient treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Assessment and treatment are provided free of charge at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Parkville. For more information, you or the adolescent’s parents can contact Dr Libby Hughes on (03) 9345 4738 or email This study will be recruiting from now until 2014.

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Women’s Health

Shared Maternity Care Lecture Series

Thursday 28 October GP Chair - Dr Leonie Griffiths.

• Challenges in the third trimester - Dr Alex Teare

• IUGR and premature labour - Dr Andrew Ngu

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

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

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

Ivanhoe - Medical Receptionist Permanent part-time required to work Tuesdays 3pm to 8pm, Thursdays 4pm – 8pm, Fridays 8am – 2pm and one Saturday morning per month. Also some leave cover. Must have experience working in a busy medical practice, possess excellent customer service skills, be flexible and enjoy working as part of a team. Send details of experience and references to: Mary Howe (Practice Manager) 9497 1644 or email 

Rosanna - Practice Nurse Div 1 required 3 mornings per week. Duties include blood tests, dressings and Health Assessments. Please call Ann – 9435 1191.

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The Lawyer’s Lexus!!!

A very successful lawyer parked his brand new Lexus in front of the office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he got out, a truck came along too close to the curb and completely tore off the driver's door.
Fortunately, a cop in a police car was close enough to see the accident and pulled up behind the Lexus, his lights flashing. But, before the cop had a chance to ask any  questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically about how his Lexus,  which he had just picked up the day before, was now completely ruined and  would never be the same, no matter how the body shop tried to make it new  again.
After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disgust and disbelief.  "I can't believe how materialistic you lawyers are," he said. "You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life." 
"How can you say such a thing?" asked the lawyer 
The cop replied, "Don't you even realize that your left arm is missing? It got ripped off when the truck hit you!" 
"OH, MY GOD!" screamed the lawyer. "MY ROLEX!"

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And remember

            … A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.