North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1243: December 5, 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                                                Meeting the PIP eHealth Requirements commencing February 1 

Australian Doctor Articles                  Accurate referrals are just a click away

Chronic Disease Management            Living with a Chronic Condition

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      MBS fee has increased

Immunisation                                       Vaccine safety          

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News    

Mental Health                                      Munchausen’s Syndrome and Management Strategies     

News for Practice Staff                       PM/PN Network meeting    

Paediatrics                                           Common Paediatric Orthopaedics 1           

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Meeting the PIP eHealth Requirements commencing February 1

Remember 1:

·         the timeline to get this done is ridiculous

·         the registration process can be tortuous

For this reason the North East Valley Division of General Practice (NEVDGP) has teamed up with the National EHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) to present a practical workshop to help you through the process. This will be on the evening of December 12, at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University.

What we are actually trialling with NEHTA, is a model of service delivery where we are utilising the skills of those Practice Managers who have successfully completed, or partly completed the process. The Practice Managers become the facilitators during the workshop, sharing their skills and experience and hopefully stopping each individual practice from “re-inventing the wheel”. Both NEHTA and NEVDGP staff will also be on standby to assist where appropriate. Hopefully the attending practices will be able to complete most of the necessary paperwork for the PIP eHealth incentive.

Remember 2:

If you fail to complete the PIP eHealth registration before February 1, 2013:

·         you will lose thousands of dollars!!!!

Conclusion: Save the worry and have it all completed by Christmas so you can have a happy holiday and not the worry of having to come back in January 2013 and complete the work.


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Australian Doctor Articles

Accurate referrals are just a click away

In September 2008, I wrote that in a medical setting the accuracy of the clinical information is of prime importance but the way the information is presented also has an important role.

One of the biggest complaints from specialists is the inaccuracy of GP referrals, especially the medication and history lists. Because GPs are so time poor they often rush straight into a referral without checking the accuracy of the medication and history lists. There are also quite a number of GPs who do not have a 100% understanding of how the past history works – how to distinguish between a summary item (which prints on a referral), a non-summary item (which is listed in the past history, but does not print on a referral) and an item which is placed as the reason for contact in the progress notes but is not listed as a past history item. This is more fully explained in a How to…sheet entitled “Building accurate Histories and Summaries and recording visits in Progress Notes” which I have placed on the North East Valley DGP website.

I also suggested that referral could be more efficient by utilising 3 features of LetterWriter

  • Using the Comment and Management shortcuts
  • Using the Data toolbar
  • Using Autotext

For the full article click here.


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Chronic Disease Management

Living with a Chronic Condition: Getting the Right Help, in the Right Place at the Right time for your Patients

To help GPs match patient needs with the appropriate service, referral and access to programs for people with chronic disease have been streamlined in Banyule, Nillumbik and Darebin.

Use this brochure to assist you to identify the level of care your patient needs and the organisation that provides the most appropriate services to meet these needs.

For more information contact Jean Crewe NEPCP 9450 2678 or


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Continuing Professional Development


In collaboration with beyondblue, ThinkGP have created an interview with Assoc.Prof. Jon Rampono, a psychiatrist from Perth. He discusses the importance of early intervention with patients who have an anxiety disorder or depression during pregnancy.

Click on Ensuring patient Safety-Perinatal Mental Health to start this free education.


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Home Medicines Review

MBS fee has increased  

Item 900 DMMR $151.75

Item 903 RMMR $103.90

See here for revised version.


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Vaccine safety

The Department of Health Immunisation website has a new link from the home page. It is headed Vaccine safety – immunisation facts, common myths and more. You will find links to 5 key Australian resources including the latest information from the Australian Academy of Science - The Science of Immunisation: questions and answers.


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Information Management

This week’s IM problem - Changing the way the medication list displays


Description: cid:image001.png@01CDD163.80E34D40Question: How can I modify the layout of the medication list of a LetterWriter template? For example, I don’t want the date of last script


Answer: You do have some control over how the medication list is presented, as shown by the screen shot.

  1. Open LetterWriter and from the File menu select Modify template...
  2. Open the template you wish to change
  3. Right click on the <<Medication list>> field and click on Properties.
  4. The screen shot bellows shows you which properties of the medication list you can change.




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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: From the Chair; Government says no to more domestic full fee paying places; AMA advises on Government’s Review of Health Workforce Programs; Health LEADS Australia – a leading light for junior doctors? Have you surfed SimNET yet? Save the date: 2013 AMA Trainee Forum; The ultimate guide to Medical Services and Fees.


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Mental Health

Munchausen’s Syndrome and Management Strategies

Heidelberg Mental Health Professionals Network Meeting. Guest speaker: Prof David Castle.

Tuesday, 11 December 6:30 pm at Banyule Community Health , 21 Alamein Rd.,  West Heidelberg. A light supper will be provided, please advise of any dietary requirements in advance.

RSVP: Lauren Tyrrell at or by phone on 03 8662 6627 by Thursday, 6 December 2012


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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.


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Common Paediatric Orthopaedics 1

This is an online learning activity from the RCH. Click here to register.


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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 wanted

Registered Nurse Div 1 - Available on a contract/flexible basis offering the following services - Chronic Disease Management, Health Assessments, Comprehensive Medical Assessments and Accreditation co-ordination. Contact: Silvana Antonucci 0403 994 299


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Bartender vs Psychiatrist

I always had a fear of someone under my bed at night. So I went to a psychiatrist and told him. . . 'I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared.. I think I'm going crazy.'

'Just put yourself in my hands for one year,' said the psychiatrist. 'Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.'

How much do you charge?'

$110 per visit,' replied the expert.

'I'll sleep on it,' I said.

Six months later, he met me on the street.

'Why didn't you ever come to see me about those fears you were having?' he asked.

'Well, $110 a visit three times a week for a year is an awful lot of money! A bartender cured me for $20. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought myself a new car!'

'Is that so?' With a bit of an attitude he said, 'and how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?'

'He told me to cut the legs off the bed! Ain't nobody getting’ under there now!'


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And remember


            Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.