North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1038: October 28, 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                                                No eNews next week           

Aboriginal Health                                Closing the Gap scripts by medical specialists

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Management options to maximise sleep, Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Update

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Integrative Medicine – expertise of GPs required, NEMICS Online Supportive Care Directory, General Practice Links to Victorian Government information, GP Network News, BECC inpatient waiting times   

Mental Health                                      A Complete Check-up: Doctors’ Mental Health and Well-being     

News for Practice Staff                       Holistic Wound Management, Staff Professional Development Day, Call for practice data: practice nurse funding, Best Practice Nurse Awards now open         

Women’s Health                                  Reaccreditation for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates, Guidelines for Shared Maternity Care                     

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

There will be no eNews next week – I’m off to Perth for the AGPN national forum where North East Valley DGP will have a booth.


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Aboriginal Health

Closing the Gap scripts by medical specialists

The Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment Measure has been extended to formally allow private Medical Specialists to annotate 'CTG' prescriptions for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Medical specialists may annotate the scripts of patients who have been referred to them by a GP in a CTG-registered PIP general practice. This will enable the patient to access any medicines prescribed by the specialist at now cost or low cost. (This was previously not the case.)

When making the referral, the GP needs to inform the medical specialist of the benefits of the PBS Co-payment Measure for their referred patient.  GPs can use the following words or similar in their referral:

“As part of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package, this patient is eligible to receive their PBS medicines at a reduced cost under the Australian Government’s PBS Co-payment Measure.  When prescribing a PBS medicine for this patient, please annotate the top of the prescription with the letters ‘CTG’ (Closing the Gap) followed by your initials or signature. By doing this, you will ensure this patient continues to receive their PBS medicines at the reduced rate, to help prevent or treat their chronic disease”.


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Continuing Professional Development

Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

Note: THE LAST FOR 2010 - “Osteoporosis treatment: benefits and risks’’ Speaker Prof Ego Seeman

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.


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.

There will be no lecture next week – Cup Day. The next lecture is Nov 9 - Management of Parkinson's Disease Update - Dr Mark Newton

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Toxicology Summer Forum
Austin Health is holding a Summer Toxicology forum on Friday 19th November 9am - 1pm in the Lecture Theatre Level 4 Austin Tower Heidelberg. The forum is open to all FACEM's, EM trainees, GPs, Pharmacists and other Clinicans interested in Toxicology. The forum is approved for ACEM MPOS. Please RSVP by 15th November to For further information please contact Austin Health's GP Liaison Officer Dr Wendy Fisher (Mon Tues) Ph: 9496 2681.


Spirometry Training Course Active learning Module

Saturday 20th November 9:30am‐5pm (9:15 Registration) at Melbourne General Practice Network Training Room, Suite 9 233 Cardigan St Carlton. See here for flyer and registration


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.


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Home Medicines Review

Management options to maximise sleep

Monday 29 November or Tues 30 November, 7.30pm- 8.30pm NPS case study at NEVDGP Board Room for pharmacists conducted by Dr Mary Levioditis. See flyer for registration.


Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Update

Wednesday 8 December 6.30 - 9.30pm (includes dinner) for GPs, nurses and pharmacists at John Scott, La Trobe University. Speaker Dr Michelle Tellus, rheumatologist. See flyer for registration.


Further information regarding these event and HMR and RMMR issues contact Dr Jenny Gowan by email or on 9496 4333.  


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Adding a patient photo to their record

Medical Director allows you to display patient photographs to assist you in identifying your patients, ensuring that you have opened the correct patient record.

  1. The first step is to take a photo of the patient and save it an accessible location in your computer system.
  2. If you do not have a photo for your patient, the photo space at the top-right of the Clinical Window will be filled with a generic patient silhouette and the text No Photo.
  3. Double click in the generic patient silhouette area – you will be prompted to browse for the photo. Once located, open it and then click on the Set as current photo button.

Please note: Once a photograph is stored within the patient's record, it can be printed onto Drug Sheets.


This weeks IM problem - Having shortcuts books by topic

Question: I have your “MD Hints” and “Your questions answered...” books but find it laborious to go through 8 different volumes looking for an answer to an MD issue I have. Why don’t you create them by topic (e.g. all LetterWriter hints) so it is easier to look up answers.

Answer: Give people an apple and they want the orchard!!! There are actually 5 volumes of each so you need to search through 10 books. But, I listen – I have created 6 new volumes which are topic based. You can view “tasters” of these books at: If you are a member of the North East Valley Division I will provide these for free via email. Anyone outside the division boundaries should check out: Available resources and prices - special prices for divisions or for individual general practices.


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Items of Interest

Integrative Medicine – expertise of GPs required

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre is currently under construction at the Austin. Zeltner Hall is to be renovated to provide a Centre which will offer a range of approaches that will be complementary to (not alternative to) the medical treatments provided. Programs to be offered are likely to include massage, meditation, relaxation, support groups and lifestyle programs that focus on diet and exercise. We are interested to hear from GPs who have an interest in Integrative Medicine, to provide input to the service planning process for the Wellness Centre. This input can be provided in – a one on one meeting with the wellness manager from the Austin (at your surgery), phone interview, email communication or committee membership.

Interested GPs should contact Christine Scott, Manager, Wellness and Supportive Care at Austin Health on 9496 3539 or


Online Supportive Care Directory
NEMICS is pleased to announce the launch of an updated NEMICS Supportive Care Directory. This is now a searchable web-based directory of listings for a wide range of supportive care services. It has been specifically developed to address the needs of people with cancer and their families. The directory includes services in the north eastern metropolitan Melbourne area. You can access the site at The NEMICS Spring Newsletter is available on our website.


General Practice Links: A GP web portal to Victorian Government information

General Practice Links provides quick and easy access to Victorian Government websites commonly used by general practice. Its aim is to help general practitioners and general practice staff more readily access information and resources relevant to general practice. Link.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Report of AMACGP Meeting; AMA meets with NIS Consultants; National Registration; AMA Poll on Junk Food Advertising; International Medical Graduates.


Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services 

Current inpatient waiting times as of Thursday 28/10/2010 are Gem: 5 - 7 days, Rehab: 0 days. For further information/assistance please contact:  Access BECC office on 9495 3443.


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Mental Health

A Complete Check-up: Doctors’ Mental Health and Well-being

November 9 Satellite Broadcast from the Rural Health Education Foundation. Examines the stresses and demands of the job, and the importance of self care. Produced in association with beyondblue - the national depression initiative. For more information go to or call (02) 6232 5480


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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.


Staff Professional Development Day

Saturday 27th November 9am-3pm For information, please contact AAPM Victoria Phone: 1300 651 334, E-mail: or see flyer for registration.


Call for practice data: practice nurse funding

The RACGP is seeking information from general practices regarding current nurse payments and funding. The College will be providing feedback to the Department of Health and Ageing regarding the proposed block funding model for practice nurses. Please note that all practice data will be de-identified, and kept in the strictest confidence. If your practice would like to take part in this important project, please visit or send your information through to


Best Practice Nurse Awards now open

The nominations for the 2010 APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards are now open. The Best Practice Nurse Awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding nurses working in general practice. This year, five awards are on offer, with prizes of $5000 for each winner to use in enhancing their continuing professional development. For more information, visit, email or call 03 9669 7402.


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Women’s Health

Reaccreditation for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates

  • Applications for reaccreditation at Mercy Hospital for Women, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health (Sunshine Hospital) and Northern Health are due back to The Royal Women’s Hospital by October 31 2010.
  • Confirmation of National Medical Board Registration is available by download from APHRA Please include a copy of confirmation with applications (receipt of payment will be accepted if confirmation unavailable)


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


Kensington - Doutta Galla Community Health Medical Practice is seeking enthusiastic, compassionate, dedicated GPs on a full time or part time sessional basis. To find out more and obtain a position description please contact the Practice Manager, Janina De Silva on (03) 8378 1600 or email, and check out our website for more info about Doutta Galla Community Health Service at


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


Northcote – Full time Locum GP required for the month of November 2010. 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

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 your CV to Nurse Manager at


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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You can’t please everyone

An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.

Later, they passed some people that remarked, "What a shame, he makes that little boy walk." They then decided they both would walk!

Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.

Now they passed some people that shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey. The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.

The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass good-bye.


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And remember


            …If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.