North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1039: November 11, 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                                                Chief Health Officer Alert    

Chronic Disease Management            E-learning for health professionals, Allied Health Professions Australia, Better Health Self Management Course      

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Podiatrists prescribing

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Smoking cessation, Area Coordinator Training, Maurice Blackburn newsletter, GP Network News         

Men’s Health                                        Is there a role for testosterone therapy in men with type 2 diabetes?

News for Practice Staff                       Management Options to Maximize Sleep, RCNA Newsletter         

NPS                                                       NPS Audit Update

Women’s Health                                  PapScreen launches campaign to inform CALD women about Pap tests, Signs and Symptoms of Gynecological Cancers                

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Chief Health Officer Alert

Medicines Alert: Urgent recall of APO-PERINDOPRIL 2mg tablets. See full alert here.


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Chronic Disease Management

E-learning for health professionals

An online training program supporting Chronic Disease Self Management. Click here.


Allied Health Professions Australia

AHPA is the peak body representing allied health in Australia. Chronic Disease Management for GPs, General Practice Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. Sharing the Care and Understanding between General Practice and Allied Health Professionals.


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

Closing the Gap in Chronic Disease Care Including Aboriginal Health Care

Thursday 18th November 7-9pm. For GPs, Practice Nurses and Managers. Presented by: Ms Barbara Johnson and Dr Phyllis Lao from Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne; Mr Reg Thorpe, Senior Policy Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and Mr Peter Larter - MBS Consultant. At John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Application form


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


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.

Nov 16 - Retinopathies - Dr Saf Bassili

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here

NB: The Lecture Theatre used for Tuesday’s GP Lectures is to be refurbished – so the lectures on 23 November and 30 November will be held in the room next door to the Lecture Theatre. This room is call North Wing Room 1.


Interested in undertaking procedural training in Anaesthetics?

$40,000 Commonwealth Subsidy available to eligible GPs! Funded by the Australian Government, the program awards a select number of rural GPs with a $40,000 Commonwealth subsidy to undertake training in anaesthetics. Applications open for the Anaesthetics component of the General Practitioner Procedural Training Support Program (GPPTSP) on Wednesday, 10 November 2010. Applications close Tuesday, 7 December 2010. For more information, visit the GPPTSP page on the ACRRM website or email ACRRM at


Palliative care

The Victorian Department of Health is offering scholarships to nursing, medical and allied health professionals to support post graduate studies in palliative care.

Postgraduate Scholarship guidelines and application form and Palliative Care education Courses for doctors


Medical Practice Management Update Egypt Feb 2011.
The practice management seminars address how to look and run your practice as a small enterprise. For more details please visit our web site or email 


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Home Medicines Review

Podiatrists prescribing

The Podiatry Board of Australia may endorse the registration of suitably qualified podiatrists as qualified to administer, obtain, possess, prescribe, sell, supply or use Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines for the treatment of podiatric conditions under sec 14(2) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (2) available here.

A recent article published by Dr Jenny Gowan & Prof Louis Roller in the AJP October 2010 may be of interest to GPs and pharmacists regarding the regulation and the products that podiatrist with prescribing rights can prescribe (not PBS). Click here.

Further information about Medication issues from Jenny Gowan M 0417 506 944; or


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - No significant family/social history – how to record

You should not leave the Family/Social histories sections blank when a patient has no known family/social history issues, as the next person who looks into the this section has no indication that the questions have been asked. A better way is to type in “No sig. Fx” or “NAD” but then importantly add the date of the patient interview/consultation. This makes it easier for everyone.


This weeks IM problem - Printing selected Progress Notes

Question: Yesterday I had a patient ask if we could print her off a list of all the visits she has had for a trial drug injection.  She has been attending the clinic for well over a year now, every month, and we give her this trial drug injection.  She needed to attend her specialist and show him that she had been having these injections i.e. the dates she had had each of them.

We ended up printing her off a list of all her progress notes and then removing all the visits where she had not received the injection. Is there an easier way?

Answer: My feeling is you did it reasonably well, albeit time consuming. There is, however, a quicker way.

Open LetterWriter with a new letter on the screen (blank screen).

From the View menu select Data toolbar (or Control + D).

Click on the + sign next to Summary in the Data toolbar.

Double click on Progress Notes (selected).

Click on each relevant Progress Note by clicking in the box next to it. Then click OK.

Save and Print the document.


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Items of Interest

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.

Lemongrass Restaurant, 174-176 Lygon Street, Carlton Facilitated by Dr Chris Worsnop, Respiratory Physician

Tuesday 16th November 7-9pm (Dinner provided) RSVP Luke Virgo, Pfizer Australia, 0447 626 418


Area Coordinator Training

Free Area Coordinator Training for Heart Foundation Walking. Monday 22nd November 10am - 2pm (Light Lunch provided) at Heart Foundation Level 12 500 Collins Street Melbourne. Contact Tara Henderson for further information. Tel: (03) 9321 1515 Or Email:


Maurice Blackburn General Practitioners quarterly newsletter

A short informative bulletin in relation to all aspects of personal injuries law that may be of interest to you and your patients. Click here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Collaborative Care, Improved surveillance strategies needed to manage vaccine safety, Another round for RAMUS, AMA submission to Health Workforce Australia - Clinical Supervisor Support Program, Will the RACGP standards deter small practice or accreditation itself?, AMA working on Medicare Locals submission, NPS seeks GP nominees for its Medicines Line.


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Men’s Health

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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News for Practice Staff

Management Options to Maximize Sleep, an interactive case study for General Practice Nurses

Between 2006 and 2008, 80% of GP encounters for sleep disorders in Australia were for insomnia & 95% of insomnia problems resulted in medication being prescribed (BEACH Report 2009). This session provides a valuable opportunity to discuss up-to-date, independent, practical, evidence-based information on current therapeutic issues with a trained NPS facilitator.

Tuesday 16th November 6.30pm for a 7:00 pm start, concluding at 8:30pm. Light refreshments will be provide, at North East Valley Board Room, level 1, Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg. Flier.


RCNA Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of eCommunity. From 1 November 2010 Nurse Practitioners and Midwives will be able to access the Medicare Benefits Schedule and provide Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines so as you would expect this new development is featured heavily.


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National Prescribing Service

NPS Audit Update

There 3 electronic NPS clinical audits available for the QPI PIP year 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2011.  All NPS paper audits are now closed.

The electronic audits that are available include: 1/ Clinical e-Audit: Review of Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Prescribing, 2/ Clinical e-Audit: Optimising Management of Type 2 Diabetes & 3/ Clinical e-Audit: Management of Hypertension. Please note that in response to GP feedback, the Hypertension clinical e-audit now involves a review of only 10 patients. The above-mentioned audits need to be completed within the audit specified time frames for inclusion as QPI PIP activities in the current QPI PIP year.

Online enrolment for the above audits is available on You will need to scroll down the page to locate information on audits.


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Women’s Health

PapScreen launches campaign to inform CALD women about Pap tests

PapScreen Victoria has launched 'Every woman, every 2 years', a campaign which informs women from nine culturally and linguistically diverse communities about Pap tests.

The campaign comprises translated radio and newspaper adverts in Chinese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Arabic, Turkish and Macedonian.

Victorian GPs speaking these languages have also been sent a translated poster for their waiting room. Please take this opportunity to display the posters and discuss Pap tests with women from these communities. Free resources about Pap tests in many languages are available to order from - again please take this opportunity to order some for your clinic!


Signs and Symptoms of Gynecological Cancers

The Royal Women’s Hospital in conjunction with The Melbourne General Practice Network is pleased to be holding a CPD session for GPs and other health professionals covering when and how to screen for gynaecological cancers, when to worry and what to do. Speaker: Dr Orla McNally, Gynaecological Oncologist Director Oncology/Dysplasia RWH.

Tuesday 23rd November 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm (Light refreshments 30 minutes prior) at The Royal Women's Hospital, Seminar Room 7D, 7th Floor. Parking is available at the car park under the hospital. RSVP: By 4 days prior to session to Ines Rio: on 8345 2064 or email: CPD points: 4 (Group 2) RACGP CPD points in Women's Health (applied for).


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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

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.


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:


Preston - FT/PT VR GP wanted for a friendly, long established family practice, accredited, fully computerised, registered nurse and on-site allied health to assist in Careplan and Health Assessment preparations. Good remuneration offered. Contact:  Christine or Maria on 03 9470 3155, 03 9486 4233 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


Heidelberg - Part-time medical receptionist wanted. Experience with medical software important. Please call 0401 032 678.


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Irish hunters

Two Irishmen, Paddy & Mick, got a pilot to fly them to Canada to hunt moose.

They managed to bag six Moose.  But, as they were loading the plane, the pilot said he could carry only four Moose. 

The two lads objected strongly, "Last year we got six. The pilot let us take them all and he had the same plane as yours."

Reluctantly, the pilot gave in and all six Moose were loaded.  However, on takeoff the little plane couldn't handle the load and went down, crashing into the wilderness.

Somehow, Paddy and Mick survived the crash, and climbed out of the wreckage. 

Paddy asked Mick, "Any idea where we are?"

"I think we're pretty close to where we crashed last year."


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And remember


            … Do employees at a tea factory get a coffee break?