North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1041: November 25, 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:

Aged Care                                             Aged Care Interest Group    

Chronic Disease Management            Referrals to the Community Asthma Program         

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Management Options to Maximise Sleep, Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Update

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  SunSmart update, St Vincent’s new Cancer Centre, Division of GP Survey Update, Integrative Medicine, GastroNorth, GP Network News, BECC waiting times

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Managers/Nurses Final Network Session  

Paediatrics                                           RCH referral form template for GP software           

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


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

Referrals to the Community Asthma Program (CAP)

Currently the waiting period is at 8-10 weeks - this is a temporary issue which will be rectified in the new year. The usual waiting period is 4-6 weeks with urgent clients prioritised.


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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 and Practice Nurses - 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.

November 30 - COPD and COPD Assessment Test - Dr Chris Worsnop. 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 called 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 - Multi-tray printers

It is a good idea to use a printer that has a selection of paper trays, one for scripts, one for plain paper printer and a single sheet feeder for pathology/radiology requests. You must remember to change the MD printer options so that the correct paper tray is used for the print job.

  1. From the Tools menu select Printer Options…
  2. Click on the Setup button next to each type of print job (Script Printer, Letter Printer etc.)
  3. From Source: select which tray you want to use.

This must be done for each workstation on the network.


This weeks IM problem - Disappearing medications

Question: Some of my medications have disappeared – I haven’t deleted them and a check of my previous progress notes show I haven’t deleted them. They have been long term, not limited medications.

Answer: Hmmm!!!

  1. Open the patient record and from the Clinical menu select Ceased medications…
  2. Add a tick to the box: Include medications deleted/ceased without problems.
  3. Scroll through the list to see when the “disappearing” medication was ceased.
  4. Now check the Progress Note of that date to see if there is reference to that medication being ceased – if there is no record of the medication being ceased then contact HCN.


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Items of Interest

SunSmart update 

Victorians adolescents and young adults are being targeted in a melanoma awareness campaign this summer.The Dark Side of tanning campaign aims to hit home about the deadly nature of melanoma, one of the most common cancers in young Victorians and challenge the misconception that a tan does no damage.The campaign consists of television commercials to be shown on TV, cinema and online coupled with outdoor and bus and tram advertising running from 28 November until early March. The first ever SunSmart iPhone app is now available for free download at the App Store. For more information, go to


St Vincent’s new Cancer Centre to open on November 29th

St Vincent’s is now in a position to offer the highest quality care in a state-of-the art home-like environment that emphasises patient comfort and privacy.

The St Vincent’s Cancer Centre brings all of our day oncology services under one roof, including medical oncology, haematology, palliative care and psychosocial oncology.

Patients will receive the best multidisciplinary care, with prompt appointments and pharmacy on site.

If you would like to visit this facility, please call Pam Crouch or Ray Snyder on 9288 3020.


Division of GP Survey Update

The Community Asthma Program (CAP) Team would like to thank all the GP’s who participated in the CAP Stakeholder Survey that was distributed by Best Practise Australia. Your feedback has now provided the program with several identified pathways for improvement in service provision for you as service providers as well as clients and their families.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information in relation to the survey results or the Community Asthma Program in general.

Jeanette Jarvis, Community Asthma Program Manager   Ph: 9304 5325, Mob: 0407 523 449


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



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GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA Response to Medicare Locals, AMA submission to 2010 review of the Medicare provider number legislation, Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship 2011, MJA appoints new Editor, Practice Nurse Incentive Program Technical Working Group and National Medical Stockpile - GP Round Table, PIP GP Teaching Incentive, Clarification on Aftercare, PIP update - Cultural Awareness Training, John Murtagh's General Practice 5th edition.


BECC waiting times

Current inpatient waiting times for Northern Health Continuing Care Inpatient Services are currently approximately Gem 0-3 days Rehab 0 days as of Thursday 25/11/10. For further information/ assistance please contact: Access BECC office on 9495 3443


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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. Making the most of the Royal Children’s Hospital for paediatric patients presented by: Susan Jury, RCH Primary Care Liaison;  Gizmos, Gadgets and Good ideas; Awards, Prizes, Fun stuff presented by: Noel Stewart and Arty Richetti. [Application form]


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RCH referral form template for GP software

The Royal Children’s Hospital has updated its referral template. Please read the simple instructions on how to update or upload for the first time and DO NOT open the rtf TEMPLATE before you have read these instructions.  The template can be installed in a variety of GP software programmes (Medical Director, Best Practice, ZedMed and GPComplete).  A big thanks to Noel Stewart at North East Valley Division of General Practice for updating this template.  The VSRF (Victorian Statewide Referral Form) - is also accepted by the RCH and most hospitals in Victoria.


·         The NEVDGP website for many more hospital templates

·         RCH GP website >specialist clinics (or direct link: referring template)


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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:


Thornbury - GP Wanted Urgently seeking a VR GP to replace our "soon to retire GP".  Full time preferable.  Happy, busy and supportive practice.  You will love it here! Contact Dr Jenny Andrewes or Dr Danny Lipson on (03) 9484 2580 or email to

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

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Marriage – through the eyes of kids

How do you decide who to marry?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.

-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.

-- Kristen, age 10


What is the right age to get married?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.

-- Camille, age 10


How can a stranger tell if two people are married?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.

-- Derrick, age 8


What do you think your mum and dad have in common?

Both don't want any more kids.

-- Lori, age 8


What do most people do on a date?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.

-- Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.

-- Martin, age 10


What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?

I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.

-- Craig, age 9


When is it okay to kiss someone?

When they're rich.

-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.

- - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.

-- Howard, age 8


Is it better to be single or married?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.

-- Anita, age 9


How would the world be different if people didn't get married?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?

-- Kelvin, age 8


How would you make a marriage work?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.

-- Ricky, age 10


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And remember


            … If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?