North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1040: November 18, 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:

Aboriginal Health                                RACGP Online Cultural Awareness Training, VACCHO-RWAV Cultural Awareness Training for Indigenous PIP

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Management options to maximise sleep, Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Update

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Recurrent headache/migraine research, Caring for the Muslim patient, Telehealth to Benefit Regional and Outer Suburban Patients, GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        Living Well with Prostate Cancer education session

Mental Health                                      Innovative treatment for Depression at Northpark Private Hospital           

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Managers/Nurses Final Network Session, PapScreen Victoria Nurse Pap Test Provider, Definition/description of an advanced nurse

Women’s Health                                  Reaccreditation for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates Now Due, Signs and Symptoms of Gynecological Cancers                       

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Aboriginal Health

RACGP Online Cultural Awareness Training

As part of the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, at least two staff members from a practice (one of whom must be a GP) are required to complete appropriate cultural awareness training. The RACGP is developing an online training package to meet this requirement. This 3 hour online activity will be offered at no cost RACGP members and their practice teams (including GPs, practice managers, practice nurses, medical receptionists, health workers and other staff). As the RACGP online activity won’t be available until February/March 2011, for practices that have already signed up for the PIP Indigenous Health Incentive, the timeline has been extended to 12 months from the time the online package is available. Practices that sign on after the RACGP activity becomes available will have 12 months from their sign-on date to meet the cultural awareness training requirement. For more information about the Indigenous Health Incentive, call 1300 222 032. For more information about the RACGP online cultural awareness activity, call 03 8699 0486 or email


VACCHO-RWAV Cultural Awareness Training for Indigenous PIP

This is an opportunity for face-to-face cultural awareness training that will meet the Practice Incentive Program – Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP – IHI) requirements.

Saturday 4th December, 9.00am – 4.30pm at Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, 186 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy. Cost: $550.00 per person including GST

This event attracts 40 RACGP Category 1 QA&CPD points. Places are limited, so if you are interested, please contact Salina Bernard at VACCHO on 03 9419 3350 or email as soon as possible.


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Continuing Professional Development

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


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 23 - Interpretation of pathology results (thyroid, renal, liver) - Dr Alan Mc Neil. 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.


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Home Medicines Review

Management options to maximise sleep

Tuesday 30 November 7.30- 8.30pm. NPS case study at NEVDGP Board Room (map) for pharmacists conducted by Dr Mary Levioditis. See flyer.


Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Update

Wednesday 8 December 6.30 - 9.30pm (includes dinner) for GPs, nurses and pharmacists at John Scott, La Trobe University. What is the latest on calcium? Bisphosphonates, NSAIDs?   Speaker Dr Michelle Tellus, rheumatologist. See flyer for registration.


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


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Recording Family history of conditions

It is always a good idea to record the family histories in the Family History section. You can however, record this in the Past History as it then shows up in the history summaries. You can do this by adding a New item to Past History or clicking on the Reason button in Progress Notes. From the coded list type in: Family hist... A list of family history items appears. If the family history item does not appear in this list you can type in the condition first, e.g. Breast Cancer and find that there is a family history item in the list, e.g. Breast cancer – family history


This weeks IM problem - Updating Pap Smear Test Definitions

Question: Some patients are getting a preventive health prompt warning that they are due for a pap smear yet we know they have had it. Also PEN Clinical Audit Tool is not picking up all our pap smears.


Answer: Medical Director determines the last recorded pap smear from a pre-defined list of pap smear-related test names in the Results and Smears tabs of a patient’s record. You have most likely received a pathology result for a pap smear from your laboratory that uses a pap smear test name that is not on that list.  You are able to add that test name so that the pap smear is recognised by Medical Director.

With no patient record open select Clinical >Pap Smears  >Update Last Smear List…

The Pap Smear Update window appears – click on the Add button.

Overtype NEW ITEM with the test name your laboratory uses for a pap smear.

Now MD will recognise that name as being a pap smear. For the CAT to recognise these items as pap smears you need to contact PEN Computers advising them of these alternative names for pap smears –they will then add to their list of the variant names for a pap smear.


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Items of Interest

Recurrent headache/migraine research

 MaTCH - Mastery of Triggers to Conquer Headaches is a Monash University research project currently seeking adult participants, who suffer from recurrent headache/migraine, for research on the behavioural management of triggers related to recurrent headache.

MaTCH is a clinical research trial funded by the NH&MRC and headed by Professor Paul Martin. All assessment and treatment sessions are conducted by registered psychologists at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, Victoria.

If you would like to know more please Contact the MaTCH staff on (03) 9594 1457 or email


Caring for the Muslim patient

Knowledge of and sensitivity towards a patient’s religious and cultural background can help provide appropriate and effective care to Muslim patients.

The topics covered in this workshop are: Introduction to Islam; Caring for the Muslim patient from the cradle to the grave; The Muslim diet – halal vs haram; Resolving disputes with Muslim patients. Friday 3 December 8.30am – 12.00pm. Click here for flyer


Telehealth to Benefit Regional and Outer Suburban Patients

From 1 July 2011 patients in remote, regional and outer metropolitan Australia will have better access to specialists through new investments in telehealth consultations via the internet. The press release is published here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: New Format for GPNN, Positive Move by Minister on Care for People with Diabetes, Minister must clarify regulations for collaborative care, AMA welcomes review of assessment processes for IMGs, Mental Health and Life Insurance guides, new AMA Platinum Edge Credit Card – Get the Edge


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Men’s Health

Living Well with Prostate Cancer education session

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) in collaboration with Austin Health and NEMICS will be holding a prostate cancer education session on the evening of Tuesday 23rd November. It will be held at Austin Hospital, Level 4 - Room 4.1 and commence from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start and conclude at 8.30pm. 

This free session will focus specifically on Continence and Sexual Health issues. It is open to the general public and medical professionals with an interest in prostate cancer. A specialist multidisciplinary team including a urologist, continence physiotherapist, sexual health nurse and urology nurse will be available to provide information and resources on these significant issues that affect men and their families.

RSVP is essential. Contact the Victorian office of PCFA on 9948 2070 by Friday 19 November.


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Mental Health

Innovative treatment for Depression at Northpark Private Hospital

Northpark Private Hospital in Bundoora has an innovative program offering hope to people suffering from Depression called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This treatment is particularly helpful for individuals who have struggled to achieve wellness with traditional therapies alone.
TMS uses a very focused magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the surface areas of the brain. Repeated TMS stimulation progressively alters the brain activity improving depression in some patients. It requires no anaesthesia or medication and generally you may go about normal activities immediately following the treatment. All referral enquiries for TMS treatment must be directed to our Intake Clinician on (03) 9467 6022.


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News for Practice Staff

Practice Managers/Nurses Final Network Session

Thursday 9th December 6.30pm-9pm at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. University Medical Research presented by: Melbourne University Dept of General Practice; Gizmos, Gadgets and Good ideas, Awards, Prizes, Fun stuff presented by: Noel Stewart and Arty Richetti. [Application form]


PapScreen Victoria Nurse Pap Test Provider

The inaugural PapScreen Victoria Nurse Pap Test Provider Award Ceremony was held in Melbourne last week at which six awards were given. More detail here

Division 1 Registered Nurses interested in becoming a Pap test provider can find more information at


Definition/description of an advanced nurse

In response to a query Lynne Walker, Principal Network Advisor Nursing in General Practice, has found there was no definition in the DoHA contract but the description here is from the ANF competency standards for the advanced registered nurse.


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Women’s Health

Reaccreditation for Shared Maternity Care Affiliates Now Due

  • Applications for reaccreditation at Mercy Hospital for Women, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health (Sunshine Hospital) and Northern Health are now due. If you have misplaced your reaccreditation application please refer to The Women’s Hospital website.
  • Confirmation of National Medical Board Registration is available by download from AHPRA. Please include a copy of confirmation with applications (receipt of payment will be accepted if confirmation unavailable).


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


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  

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

Fairfield - experienced practice nurse wanted for one day per week commencing approx mid January 2011.  Please contact Sharyn Marshall on 03 9489 6833 or email


Heidelberg - Part-time medical receptionist required with knowledge of medical software. Rates negotiable. Start date negotiable. Please call 0401 032 678


Prahran/South Yarra area - Practice Manager wanted. Excellent opportunity to join this well established group general practice which is ideally located to train/trams and shops. Professional Development. Email: or contact Galaxy Medical Recruitment on Ph: (03) 8720 7888


Nillumbik Community Health

·        Project Officer (0.4eft for 6 months) - Better Living Program. For more information, please contact Sally Western, Program Manager, Allied Health on 9430 9174, or visit and click on “vacancies”. Applications close 26/11/10.

·        Project Officer (22.8 hours per week) - Nillumbik Active Ageing project. For further details and a copy of the Position Description, contact Sally Western on 9430 9174 or visit the website at and click on “vacancies”. Applications close Monday 22nd November 2010.

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Longest password

During a recent company IT audit, it was found that an employee (possibly a blonde) was using the following password:
When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital.


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And remember


            … He who hesitates is probably right.