North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1037: October 21, 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:

Chronic Disease Management            Is there a role for testosterone therapy in men with type 2 diabetes?       

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Panvax® H1N1 Vaccine multi-dose vials, Rotavirus Trial    

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Handle with care: Pre-employment screening, GP Network News 

News for Practice Staff                       Pneumococcal Update & IEMR Update, Holistic Wound Management      

Paediatrics                                           Is your child overweight?     

Women’s Health                                  Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care                     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

Is there a role for testosterone therapy in men with type 2 diabetes?

It is commonly recognised that men with type 2 diabetes have lowered testosterone levels. Most interventional trials of testosterone therapy in men with type 2 diabetes show benefits in terms of weight, insulin resistance and glycemic control but are limited in terms of participant numbers and study design. The Department of Medicine (University of Melbourne) at Austin Health is seeking patients for a large, double blind, placebo controlled, randomized trial of testosterone therapy in men with type 2 diabetes. They will receive a comprehensive assessment of their body composition, insulin resistance and glycemic control.

For more information contact Dr Emily Gianatti on (03) 9496 5198 or email:


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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 26 - Malabsorption & Maldigestion - Dr Greg Lockrey. For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“And a diagnostic procedure was performed…” Speakers: Dr Craig Costello & Dr Andrew Hughes

Wednesday 27th 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.


Emergency Medicine Update This event has been cancelled

Saturday 23 October at Medical Education Centre, Austin Health.

To be rescheduled for March 2011


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.


Smoking cessation

A workshop function inviting GP’s to discuss pharmacotherapy and treatment of nicotine addiction as well as the barriers and challenges they face addressing unmotivated smokers. At Lemongrass Restaurant, 174-176 Lygon Street, Carlton Facilitated by Dr Chris Worsnop, Respiratory Physician

Tuesday 16th November 7pm workshop start, 9pm end. Dinner will be provided. RSVP Luke Virgo Pfizer Australia 0447 626 418


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 6.30pm – 9.30pm (dinner from 6.15pm) For GPs, practice staff and practice nurses. Update your CPR skills in line with new ARC guidelines. Presented by: Mr David Bourke. Flyer.


St Vincents GP Education:  GP Trauma Update

Saturday, 4th December, 8.30am - 4.30pm. Meet “Vincent”, the amazing Simulated Man. There are only 12 places available, so register early if you’re interested!

Contact:  Juliet Gavens:  9288 4781 or See: for detailed flyer, program & information for rural GPs.


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Panvax® H1N1 Vaccine multi-dose vials

These can continue to be ordered as required. The monovalent H1N1 vaccine program will end on 31 December 2010.

The following weblink provides vaccine order forms for your convenience.


Rotavirus Trial - Volunteers needed to test new vaccine for babies

In Australia, 10,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital with rotavirus infection each year. Rotavirus is a life-threatening diarrhoeal disease that kills more than half a million children worldwide each year. Murdoch Children’s is currently recruiting babies for a clinical trial of a new vaccine to protect newborn infants against rotavirus. Babies aged six to seven weeks are being recruited to trial the vaccine which is given in a single oral dose. GPs who would like to assist with patient recruitment should call Dr Margie Danchin on 0431 144 160 or study staff on (03) 8341 6448.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Setting the age for social history, smoking, alcohol and pap smears

Medical Director sets the social history, smoking, alcohol recording age to 10 and pap smear recording to females at 15.

If you wish to change these defaults:

  1. No patient record open – from the Tools menu select Options.
  2. Click on the Clinical tab.
  3. Change the ages in the appropriate boxes.


This weeks IM problem - Sharing Comments and Management Shortcuts

Question: Is there an easy way to transfer my comment list?  For example, I have a lot of Comment shortcuts and it would be handy to be able to share it with others.

Answer: Internally (i.e. on the same network) you can share them with others by selecting View/Modify in the Comment or Management shortcut and then ticking the Available to all doctors box. As far as I know in MD3 there is no easy way of exporting the shortcuts to another practice.


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Items of Interest

Handle with care: Pre-employment screening

Dr Ross Wines would like to draw the attention of GP’s, who might be considering doing occupational medicine and pre-employment medicals, to this article written by a Melbourne lawyer. The Red emphasis is Ross’s. Those GP’s who are asked to do a PEM at any time and are uncomfortable about performing them, could refer that worker to his clinic if they so desire. He has been in the field of occupational medicine for over 10 years and has a Monash Uni post grad degree in Occupational Health.

Dr Wines contact details are Northern OCC Health Service, C/o LaTrobe University Medical Centre, 18 Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora. Tel 9473 8885


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Medical student training funding welcome and must be supported by graduate training places, Medical Registration reminders, AMA goes in to bat for 'Other Medical Practitioners' ... again, College of GPs launches 4th edition of of RACGP Standards for General Practices, Health Promotion - New campaign highlights health benefits of club sports for children.


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News for Practice Staff

Pneumococcal Update & IEMR Update

Sat 23 October 9am at Carson Educational Centre, ANF House,Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Cost: Members $55. Only 100 places available

Dr Scott Williams, Vaccine Medical Director from WYETH, will speak on Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccine Update. PREMIUM HEALTH will provide IEMR update.

To register: Go to - Click on - INSIG nurses for IEMR update - follow the prompts for registration & payment


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.


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Is your child overweight?

Due to ongoing demand from parents and professionals alike, this book is a new and invaluable resource for the GP clinic and for parents who may be concerned that their child is gaining weight too quickly. Full of helpful tips and advice; up to date, evidence based and practical, written by Dr Matt Sabin from the RCH Weight Management Clinic. Great value at $9.95, available online and in most bookstores (including Dymocks, Readings etc), and newsagents. Click here to order online.


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Women’s Health

Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care

All Shared Maternity Care Affiliates are invited to attend the launch of new Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care for The Royal Women’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women, Northern Health and Sunshine Hospital. Wednesday 10 November 10–10.30am Morning tea provided. At Royal Women’s Hospital, Conference Room A, Ground Floor, Corner Grattan St & Flemington Rd Parkville. RSVP: by Thursday November 4 to Aghar Tefera on 03 8345 2062 or Email:


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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 Greensborough & Eltham) – VR GP 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 – 12noon. No Sundays or Public holidays. Outer Metro Area (relocation Incentive grants available). Pay and conditions negotiable. 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

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 


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

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FBI Recruiting

The FBI had an opening for an assassin. After all the background checks, interviews, and testing were done there were 3 finalists. Two men and a woman.

For the final test, the FBI agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.

"We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances. Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill her!

The man said, "You can't be serious, I could never shoot my wife." The agent said, "Then you're not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home."

The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about 5 minutes. The man came out with tears in his eyes, "I tried, but I can't kill my wife."

The agent said, "You don't have what it takes. Take your wife and go home."

Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions, to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one after another. They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls. After a few minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman. She wiped the sweat from her brow.

"This gun is loaded with blanks" she said. "I had to beat him to death with the chair."


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And remember


            …The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.