North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1231: August 29, 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                                                Time spent on PCeHR now counts but good record keeping counts more 

Australian Doctor Articles                  The top ten hints of 2007

Chronic Disease Management            Generation T2          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Smoking cessation – the critical role of general practice, Navigating the Relationship Tango, GastroNorth, GP Network News         

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Time spent on PCeHR now counts but good record keeping counts more

Last week, the Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced (at the AMA’s annual parliamentary dinner in Canberra) that doctors could use the time spent on preparation of the PCEHR as the sole determinant of whether a Level B or Level C item number would be applicable.

Previously GP groups had asked for a special MBS item number for the preparation of a PCeHR but the government has not been forthcoming with this request.

Those GPs and practices that have their patient records up-to-date with accurate health summaries will find that preparation of the PCeHR will be much easier. It is partly for this reason that the division is offering practices the opportunity to have their records audited by a visit from Wendy and Noel, with a follow up report with recommendations for the improvement of the clinical records. Not only will the audits, the reports and follow up team meetings better prepare GPs and practice for the PCeHR but will also help with re-accreditation requirements. And when patient clinical information shared between different health providers is accurate, it can only mean better health outcomes for the patient.


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Australian Doctor Articles

The top ten hints of 2007

This week’s Australian Doctor article discusses what were considered to be the top ten hints for Medical Director in 2007. I would have a different top 10 these days but the 2007 top ten are still relevant. Ignore the MD2 instructions (remember MD2?) in the article.  For the full article click here.


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Chronic Disease Management

Generation T2   

Diabetes Australia – Vic is excited to announce its first ever event for younger adults (aged 18 - 39) living with type 2 diabetes. Join us to hear Dr Jessica Browne speak about some of the unique aspects of living with type 2 diabetes as a younger person. Jessica will address topics such as emotional well-being, life balance, and tailored services and health care for younger adults with type 2 diabetes.

Saturday 22nd September 10am – 1.30pm at Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Bookings essential. Phone 1300 136 588.


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Continuing Professional Development

Weekly ThinkGP education

Managing Androgen Deficiency- Androgen deficiency is discussed with Dr Carloyn Allen from Andrology Australia. The condition is common in our male patients and can be managed.

Click on  to watch this interview.


Orthopaedic Trauma Seminar

This half day seminar is presented by Southern Health Department of Orthopaedics. Saturday 15th September 8.30am at Lecture Theatre – Level 1, Dandenong Hospital

Flyer and Registration


Dizziness/Vertigo & Common Eyelid Disorders

presented by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Tuesday 16 October 7-9pm (Light refreshments from 6.30pm) at Lucy Jones Hall, (entrance off 428 Albert St, cnr Morrison Pl), Eye And Ear Hospital, Gisborne Street,  East Melbourne. Flyer or register online at


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Recording family histories

Family history items should be dated so that other clinicians know when the questions were asked or when an event occurred. No significant family histories should also be recorded and dated when the entry is made. If a family history is reviewed and no changes made it is suggested you add “Reviewed – date” – this way you and other clinicians know the questions have been made, and when.

It is suggested that all GPs follow the RACGP recommendations for the recording of family history.

Family history:

This includes:

·         disease/condition

·         relationship to family member

·         description (free text narrative to provide further detail as required).

For the full RACGP factsheet on the recording of relevant family history click here.


This week’s IM problem - How do I delete a reasons for contact

Question: How do I delete a "Reason for contact”, or make changes to it in the history?

Answer: This cannot be done in the Progress Notes but you can use Append if the entry is incorrect and if necessary delete the Progress Note and redo it from scratch. If the item is in the Past History it is easy to delete or edit it. Go to Past History, click on the “unwanted” item and press the Delete key. If you want to edit the item, rather than delete it, simply double click on the Past History item to open the Edit History Item window.


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Items of Interest

Smoking cessation – the critical role of general practice

Smoking is still the highest risk factor of preventable death in Australia, despite the falling rates and anti-smoking campaigns. In recognizing the critical role of GPs and nurses in promoting cessation the RACGP in December 2011 prepared the “Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals”. Spending a few moments talking to patients can lead to behavioural change and it only takes

convincing two lifelong smokers to quit to save one life.


Navigating the Relationship Tango

This “Supporting Someone with Cancer” information session will be held on Wednesday September 5th 6-8pm (5.30pm for registration and refreshments) at Session Group Room, Wellness Centre, Level 3R, Olivia Newton-John CWC, Austin Hospital, 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg.

The forum will explore the impact of having a cancer diagnosis on relationships; whether it be husband, wife, lover, brother, sister, friend or parent. The forum will be presented by Carole Arbuckle (Cancer Council Vic) and the Austin Wellness & supportive care team. RSVP: Bookings are essential by Monday 3rd September to Tammy - 9496 3799 or Dianne - 9496 3315.



A group  of Gastroenterologists & Endoscopists with the main rooms in Bundoora, who also work in Greensborough, Heidelberg, Eltham, Epping, Coburg & Kew, as well as at the Northern Hospital. GastroNorth offers a range of services, including private consultations, open access endoscopy, Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Hydrogen Breath Testing & Specialist GI dieticians. Telehealth consultations are also available to eligible GP clinics. Consultation appointments within 1-2 weeks & procedures should be able to be booked within 2 weeks. Call 9473 8865 or for more information including patient information sheets or visit  


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Clarity on billing for SHS and PCEHR PIP requirements delayed; More hearings scheduled for ANF low pay claim; AMA call for independent medical panel to oversee the health of asylum seekers; AMA Parliamentary Dinner; AMA President meets with Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing; Medicare vouchers – order them now.


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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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If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, 

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, 

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, 

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,  

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without alcohol,  

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,   

....Then you are probably.......... 


The Family Dog!       


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And remember


            … The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.