North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1241: November 21, 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                                                PM/PN Network, NPS Program reminder   

Australian Doctor Articles                  Pathology made easy

Chronic Disease Management            Smart phone apps    

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Smart phone apps for Pharmacists

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Local doctor gains eminent position, GP Network News    

News for Practice Staff                       PM/PN Network meeting, Nursing in General Practice      

NPS                                                       Programs, Antibiotic Awareness Week

Paediatrics                                           Paediatric fracture management for GPs   

Women’s Health                                  Medical Problems in Obstetrics                  

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

PM/PN Network

The division is continuing to support general practices in the NEVDGP catchment. On December 12 we will be running our last PM/PN Network meeting for the year and the Board has committed to supporting an additional 2 meetings of these important networks in the first half of next year. Also in March next year we will run an immunisation update with Dr Peter Eizenberg.

For the December PM/PN Network meeting we did invite the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local to provide a presentation outlining:

·         the services it offers to general practices

·         the future of PM/PN networks

·         PEN CAT support and training

·         Other topics as chosen

The CEO of the NMML declined our invitation. We have therefore changed our program and our guest speaker will be Ms Susan Jury from Primary Care Liaison (Kids Connect) of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

There will be no charge for PMs and PNs who work in the NEVDGP catchment. Please note for any PMs and PNs outside the NEVDGP catchment (such as former Northern or Impetus divisions) there will be a $35 charge per person. Also note that this event is for the Practice Manager and Nurses of the practice, and not other staff such as receptionists (our budget doesn’t extend that far).

For a Faxback application form click here.


NPS Program reminder

We would like to remind you that the Division’s NPS program is continuing, business as usual, under the leadership of Dr Mary Levidiotis. Currently bookings are being taken for both the current topic (antibiotics) and the early 2013 topic (diabetes). See under NPS.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Pathology made easy

In April 2008 I wrote an article of pathology management shortcuts. With the release of MD 3.14a the pathology management system has changed quite radically and for these changes I suggest you read HCN’s FAQs on its document management system. Surprisingly several of the shortcuts from 2008 are still valid today. These include:

  • Setting up your top ten Favourites
  • Creating a pathology item that includes several tests
  • Quick way of finding the “copy to” person rather than scrolling through the long address book
  • Adding a smear result from the Holding file
  • Displaying results to staff


What has changed in MD 3.14 are:

  • How you print “Urgent” and “Discuss” lists
  • How results are filtered


For the full article click here.  For the HCN FAQs, click here.


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Chronic Disease Management

Smart Phone apps – nutrition (Diabetes)

BMI Calculator: Free. iPhone.

CalorieKing Australia Calorie Counter: Free. iPhone, iPad.

Foodswitch by BUPA: Free. Find out what's in the food you're eating and make simple switches to the healthier choices listed by the app for better health now and in the future - Android, iPhone.

Glucose Companion: $1.99. Glucose Companion is a handy blood sugar and weight tracker. iPhone, iPad.

RapidCalc: US$7.99. RapidCalc is a sophisticated bolus insulin dose calculator for diabetics following a basal-bolus regimen. With intelligent tracking of insulin on board, automatic carbohydrate ratio and blood glucose target selection - iPhone, iPad.


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Continuing Professional Development


To mark national Postnatal Depression Awareness Week 18 - 24 November- ThinkGP, in collaboration with beyondblue, have created and interview with Dr James Best, a colleague from Sydney who discusses early assessment and management of anxiety and depression in the perinatal period. Click on here to view this free education


Diabulimia: Walking a knife edge

Friday 30 November 9am-4.30pm at Seminar room 1, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, The Alfred Centre, Level 4, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne. Click here to view an event flyer.


Hep C Prescriber Course
Saturday1 December 8.30-5.15 at Level 4, General Practice Victoria, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053.
See flyer on GPV website.


HIV Update

Case-Based Workshop via Teleconference on Tuesday 4th December,1-2pm. See flyer on GPV website.


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Home Medicines Review

Smart phone apps for Pharmacists

AMH Mobile: $155 for 1 year. All the usual AMH content. iPhone, Android, some other. 

iMIMS: $164 for 1 year. All the usual MIMS content. iPhone.


The rest are free

Asthma Buddy. Asthma Buddy is a take-anywhere reminder of your day-to-day asthma medications. Contains an asthma action plan to take to the GP to fill out as well as emergency asthma procedures. It can be emailed as a pdf for printing and giving to carers etc.  It replaces carrying around a written action plan, of which ownership is in the guidelines for all asthma patients. iPhone.

Epocrates: An American drug reference with brand, generic, and OTC medicines, drug interaction check and pill ID. iPhone, Android, Blackberry.

LactMed: Find information about maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider. iPhone, Android.

Micromedex Drug Information. Comprehensive drug information. iPhone, Android.

Micromedex Drug Interactions. Clinicians can check a patient's entire medication list simultaneously for potentially harmful interactions and view severity ratings that range from contraindicated to minor. iPhone, Android.

Opioids Dosage Conversion: Opioids by Professor EBM is an opioid analgesic dosage conversion calculator for use by trained medical professionals. iPhone, iPad.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Changing the date of BP

Sometimes you will notice an incorrectly recorded measurement (BP, Ht, Weight), or the measurement was taken previously. If the measurement was taken on a previous day, jump to point 3.  If incorrectly recorded do the following:

  1. Note the date of the incorrectly recorded measurement, click on it to highlight and then press the Delete key on the keyboard.
  2. Type in the correct measurement and then
  3. Change the date from today’s date to the older one you remembered in point 1. Click on Save.


This week’s IM problem - Printing “Discuss” and “Return Urgent” lists

Question: With the change in MD 3.14a how do I print a list of items marked as “Discuss” or “Return Urgently”?

Answer: This will be quite different to what you are used to.

1.      From the Main screen (no patient record open) select Correspondence > Actioned Items – this will open the Actioned Items window.

2.      From the Date Checked column select a required date range by clicking on the “down arrowhead” next to “Date Checked”.

3.      From the Notation column select Discuss or Return Urgently, as the case may be.

4.      Highlight the results you wish to print:

a.      You can select all items simultaneously by clicking the Select All link at the very top right of the screen.

b.      To print a selection, hold down the Control key and click on each of the results you want to select.

c.       Clicking on the first item, holding down SHIFT key and then clicking on the last item will highlight all items between the two clicks; clicking the Select All link is much easier.

5.      Click the Print List button.


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Items of Interest

Local doctor gains eminent position

Dr Chris Clifopoulos, one of the divisions GPs has been appointed, as of 2013, to the senior lecturing staff for the post graduate course of Master of Medicine (Skin cancer) at the University of Queensland. His knowledge and expertise in the field of skin cancer medicine will be invaluable to GPs and those wishing to enter the field of skin cancer therapy. Dr Clifopoulos will continue to work in his Northcote practice and offers skin cancer assessment and mole screening. We congratulate Dr Clifopoulos on this fine achievement.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMACGP Chair Writes to Medicare Locals on After Hours Services; Remove PBS authority red tape; Patients with Type-2 diabetes prefer advice from their GP over pharmacists; MJA: Managing Diabetes and Preventing Complications; Investigating Symptoms of Lung Cancer: A Guide for GPs; Email facilities for Medicare enquiries


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News for Practice Staff

PM/PN Network meeting

The final meeting for this year will be on Wednesday 12th December 6:30pm-9pm (Dinner Provided) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora.

There will be no charge for PMs and PNs who work in the NEVDGP catchment. Please note for any PMs and PNs outside the NEVDGP catchment (such as former Northern or Impetus divisions) there will be a $35 charge per person. Also note that this event is for the Practice Manager and Nurses of the practice, and not other staff such as receptionists (our budget doesn’t extend that far). See here for flyer.


Nursing in General Practice

Resources available for download from AML Alliance’s website: or email Danielle Dalla on for hardcopies.

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National Prescribing Service


The current visiting program is on ‘Antibiotic resistance and respiratory tract infections’ and will be completing end December 2012. The scheduled program in the first half of 2013 is titled ‘Type 2 diabetes: priorities and targets’. Practice visits and case study meetings are available for both topics. If you would like to organise a visit at your practice or to discuss any matters regarding the NPS program in our region please call the Division on 9496 433 or contact Dr Mary Levidiotis directly on or on 0407 631 918.


Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Antibiotic Awareness campaign that has been discussed with many of you at NPS practice visits in recent times started globally (including Australia) this week.

You can find information about Antibiotic Awareness Week in Australia and also in Europe, US and Canada following this link. You can also obtain additional information and resources from this link

GPs can become antibiotic resistance fighters by taking part in the online Clinical e-Audit, Management of Specific Respiratory Tract Infections. Registration and more info is available here.


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Paediatric fracture management for GPs

Saturday 24 November, 8:30am - 4:30pm (lunch provided), Eastern Health Seminar Room, L3/5 Arnold Street, Box Hill. Topics include child fractures, sports medicine in adolescents, Important orthopaedics in all ages. For more information and to register see here.


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Women’s Health

Medical Problems in Obstetrics

An update on the management of common antenatal medical complications - endocrine, haematological, cardiac, infectious diseases and more presented by local specialists.

Wednesday 20th February 2013 12:30-4pm at Conference room 4, Northern Hospital.

For more information and to RSVP call Linda Jablonski on 8405 2581 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

Practice Staff

Northcote area Div 1 Practice Nurse required 4 - 5 days per week to assist our medical staff in a busy general practice. Duties include wound care, travel health, immunisations, health assessments, patient triage, assist with clinical procedures and all other duties required in a general practice. Visit our website for more information. To apply forward your resume to


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The Most Outrageous Way to Share a Coke

If you’ve got a spare 3 minutes click here.


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And remember


            … Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.