North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1218: May 31, 2012
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                                                NEVDGP does a Phoenix      

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Clinical Space in Eltham, 92% of GPs concerned about Vitamin D, GP Network News          

Women’s Health                                  General Update on Pregnancy Care, Vulvo Vaginal Issues             

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

NEVDGP does a Phoenix

We want to confirm to you all that in the words of Mark Twain, “The reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated”.

At its meeting on Tuesday, the North East Valley Board of Directors (NEVDGP) decided to direct the Division’s remaining resources to providing 3 important areas of support to you, our members, hopefully for the next twelve months. These are: Information Management (Noel), Communications (eNews, Patty), and Networks support for Practice Managers, Nurses and staff (personnel TBA). We also intend to maintain our highly acclaimed website (Colin & Noel) which continues to average around 125,000 hits per week.

The Board chairman, Dr Peter Eizenberg, reflecting the Boards unanimous view was that the Division “had an obligation” where it could “to assist with the transition” of its previous services to any other organisation taking responsibility for the delivery of Primary Health Care services from July 1st.

To support these services and your general queries, the Division will have reception staff on duty 10am to 3.00pm 5 days a week, subject to their availability (they are looking at a range of employment opportunities) commencing on July 1st. We will have the same phone & fax numbers and at the very least will be able to assist you by providing contact details for a range of services that we previously ran.

We still have no information on the formal tender outcomes for GP support & for ATAPS, being conducted by the Medicare Local, nor how they will impact on general practices, but just to confirm, NEVDGP WILL continue to provide practice support, in some areas, albeit on a more limited basis.


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Continuing Professional Development

The Final Bash – June 13, 2012

On June 13th the division will be holding its last CPD activity. The main item on the agenda is eHealth and there will be 3 main components of the evening:

The eHealth Challenge  - the key note speaker is: Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO, Head of Clinical Leadership and Engagement, National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA).

Future of the Division - update presented by Dr Peter Eizenberg, Chair, NEVDGP Board

    Why are we winding down? What happens now?

    Where and how do practices get their support, particularly in eHealth. From whom?

eHealth past and future  – presented by Noel Stewart, IM Program Officer, NEVDGP

    Where we have come from – a celebration of past achievements

    Where to now? For you? For us?

    Lots of movie clips, prizes and awards

For the invitation to attend, click here.


APPN Heart Failure Webinar - Managing Heart Failure in General Practice 

Tuesday 5th June online - Dr Christine Burdeniuk  

Registration is now open! To register (FREE), visit:  (Please sign in to access the webinar registration - blue button).

For Registration enquiries, please contact: APPN on (08) 8201 7843, (08) 8201 7845 or Email:

For the Heart Failure Webinar we have secured 2 category 2 RACGP points, 1 Core PDP ACCRM points, and 1 hour of self allocation of Nursing CPD Points.


Surgical Skills Workshop

Friday 8th June 8.45am-3.45pm at Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne. Presented by General surgeon A/Prof Maurice Brygel FRACS DA. Course content: Local anaesthetic techniques; Basic surgical techniques including elliptical excisions, lacerations and suturing; Ingrowing toenails - digital block wedge resection; Sebaceous cyst, lipomata. Flyer


Northern Health GP Winter Master Class Series

Thursday 14th June 7-9pm – Respiratory. This master class will be full of useful, practical information regarding the GP management of common respiratory conditions. It will include identifying when and who to investigate; how to obtain and interpret these investigations; when to screen and when to refer, as well as guidance on the optimum management of the patient while waiting for specialist review.

The session will conclude with a panel Q & A providing an ideal forum to resolve clinical conundrums. Registration form.

Enquiries:  Karen Overall by e-mail to or phone 8405 8705


Sleep - The Basics

An Active Learning Module for GPs. Tuesday 19th and 26th June 2012 from 7 – 10 pm. Light supper from 6.30pm at  Austin Hospital Education Precinct, Level 4 Austin Tower, Studley Road, Heidelberg. Flyer. Further enquiries contact Margaret Bunn on 9496 5390 or


Victorian Health Records Act 2001- Online Training

Are you or your organisation regulated by the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic)? Do you or your staff need training?

The training course:

• is FREE for 13 months from 1 June 2012 to 30 June 2013;

• is suitable for staff of all public or private sector organisations regulated by the Act;

• provides basic training for staff and organisations in the Health Records Act 2001 and Health Privacy Principles.

So if you need a refresher or you have had no exposure to the HRA or Health Privacy Principles then this course could be for you.

Please note this course is provided by e3 learning and all queries in relation to accessing the training module needs to be directed to them. Brochure.


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Information Management

This week’s IM problem - BP not recording properly

Question: In MD, why does it not always record BP properly when it is entered from the Examination screen of Progress Notes? i.e. it will often only put systolic and no diastolic or will leave off pulse rate when looking on the BP screen but full measurement is recorded in progress notes. This drives me crazy. Is there something else to do to avoid this other than only recording in BP screen which is annoying?

Answer: I tried to emulate this but it worked perfectly for me. The only issue I found that, if you take more than one BP reading in the sitting, standing or lying positions at the same consultation, it will only record the last reading (overwriting previous BP recordings). It will record the different positions though (sitting, standing or lying). Is there anyone out there who has had the same problem? If so we can present HCN with the issue.


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Items of Interest

GP Clinical Space in Eltham

Nillumbik Community Health Service will have some space available for the next 6-12 months in a prominent Eltham Township position with separate access, reception etc. Namely the now vacant Ian Reid Real-estate office. Our use of the space is still under consideration and in the mean time I am looking at short term options in the area of health and well-being. One of these may be a GP practise that needs short term accommodation. And may be

1.      Be interested in a Community Health Service partnership and be keen to trial this with a view to a longer term arrangement (open for negotiation)

2.      Want to renovate or move current premises and need temporary accommodation during the process

3.      Want to expand and would like to trial an expansion in temporary space with a view to moving to larger premises all going well

Please contact Daryl Brooke on 03 9430 9172.


92% of GPs concerned about Vitamin D

New research from SunSmart shows that 92% of GPs in Victoria are concerned that their patients may not be getting enough vitamin D. Low vitamin D is an important public health issue in Victoria, particularly during the autumn and winter months.

Population groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency include people with naturally very dark skin, those who cover their skin for religious or cultural reasons, babies of vitamin D deficient mothers, older Victorians and people who are housebound or in institutional care.

To assist GPs diagnose and treat vitamin D deficiency in Victoria, the Victorian Department of Health worked closely with SunSmart, the University of Melbourne, General Practice Victoria, Royal Children’s Hospital and other partners to develop a comprehensive resource containing current guidelines on vitamin D.

Download the Low vitamin D in Victoria: Key health messages for doctors, nurses and allied health resource from the Department of Health and SunSmart websites.

More information available at:


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA National Conference 25-27 May 2012; STOP PRESS: GP Super Clinic Audit; Changes to the Extended Medicare Safety Net for 1 November 2012; RVTS Applications Close 1 June 2012


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Women’s Health

General Update on Pregnancy Care

A potpourri of pregnancy topics for GPs and shared maternity care affiliates; covering a range of common queries and concerns from GPs in their care of pregnant women


- To be aware of the advice to give to women planning pregnancy

- To be aware of investigations to consider in pregnancy

- To be aware of how to manage a range of common concerns in pregnancy

- To be aware of a range of management and referral options

Speaker: Dr Ines Rio, Head GP Liaison Unit and clinician at RWH

Tuesday 5th June, 7.30 pm - 9.15 pm (refreshments from 7pm)at The Royal Women's Hospital: Cnr Grattan St and Flemington Rds, Parkville. Seminar Room 7D, 7th Floor    

Parking is available at the car park under the hospital: accessible from Flemington Rd. Cost is $12 for 2 hours

RSVP: By 3 days prior to session to Ines Rio: Ph: 8345 2064 or email:  

RACGP CPD points: Applied for (4 category 2 points). These points will also contribute to 2014-2016 reaccreditation as a shared maternity care affiliate GP at RWH.


Vulvo Vaginal Issues – the perineum, Female genital mutilation

Speaker: Dr Kathy Cook, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Mercy Hospital for Women.

Tuesday 5 June, (previously advertised for Tues 19 June) 7-9pm (Registration & Refreshments from 6.30pm) at Level 4 Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg.

Parking available free of charge in multi-level car park, accessible from Studley Road opposite train station. 4 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2011-2013 triennium applied for. For further details and registration flyer click here or contact Merran Mackie on 8458 4833 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


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


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The flasher

Three old ladies were sitting on a park bench having a quiet conversation when a flasher approached from across the park.

The flasher came up to the ladies, stood right in front of them and opened his trench coat.

Gertrude Immediately had a stroke.

Then Maude also had a stroke.

But Tillie, being older and more feeble, couldn't reach that far.


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And remember


            …If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?