North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1310: April 17, 2013
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                                                Getting help with installing the NASH PKI certificates        

Australian Doctor Articles                  It’s never too late

Chronic Disease Management            Insulin Pump Expo, Supermarket tours

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       World Immunisation Week

Information Management                  PEN Computer Systems seeking person to help develop the CAT, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Austin Health Specialist Clinics: Patient Choice Booking (PCB) Update, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       Wound Care Workshops

Paediatrics                                           Chronic cough, asthma and the snoring child

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Getting help with installing the NASH PKI certificates

In last week’s editorial we wrote on the hoops and hurdles of applying and complying with the PIP eHealth, part of which is installing the NASH PKI certificates. An awful lot of time can be spent contacting the various authorities, the software vendors, Medicare, NEHTA etc. or even the Medicare Local.

In the old days, when we were funded to provide this sort of service , the division would have employed or outsourced the task to an expert in this field and that person would have been in practices offering practical and ongoing support. As a division we no longer have the financial resources to provide such a support service, but we have however, sourced a user friendly person who is an expert in this field. The cost will be time based at a competitive price, and the practice will have to bear the cost of such support but if you weigh up the time and grey hairs you save it will be probably be money well spent.

We suggest you call Juan at Cititec on 9020 2888 or mobile 0422 781 433 to discuss your needs.


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Australian Doctor Articles

It’s never too late

In October2010 I wrote an article on Dr Selvendra, a practising medical practitioner of more than 50 years, practising in Melbourne’s western suburbs. While working with Dr Selvendra he has changed the way he works from a very well organised paper-based system towards an electronic system. This has been extremely hard work as he started with no keyboard skills. In the beginning the progress was quite slow and Dr Selvendra, initially “could not see the light at the end of the tunnel”.  But perseverance has paid dividends and his progress has been tremendous. Dr Selvendra is a role model for those younger “time poor” doctors who, all too often use the excuse “I don’t have the time”  for not maintaining accurate electronic clinical records and performing the necessary on-going data cleansing. Full article click here.


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Chronic Disease Management

Insulin Pump Expo

Saturday 4 May 9.30am Held by Diabetes Australia – Vic this Expo is presented Associate Professor Christine Rodda (endocrinologist) and Cheryl Steele (Credentialled Diabetes Educator). Two concurrent sessions will run: Introduction to pumping; for people considering going on a pump and advanced pumping for adults; a refresher course for those already using a pump. The event will take place at Western Hospital, 160 Gordon Street, Footscray. This event is free; however bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information and bookings please call 1300 136 588 or visit


Supermarket tours

Diabetes Australia – Vic organises supermarket tours as a fun way of learning how to make healthier shopping choices for you and your family. As part of the two-hour tour, a dietitian will show you how to read and understand food labels and select healthy food alternatives. A comprehensive pocket size healthy shopping guide booklet is included as part of the tour cost and helps to take all the hard work out of food shopping. A tour is taking place on Wednesday 24 April at Coles Supermarket, Cooper Street, Epping and another on the same day at Woolworths Supermarket, 313 Victoria Street, Abbotsford (this tour will be conducted in the Hakka language). Bookings are essential and places are limited. To confirm time/date and to make a booking contact the Diabetes Info and Advice Line on 1300 136 588. Cost: $10 members and $15 for non-members.


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Continuing Professional Development


The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) is a peak organisation supporting health professionals who work in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. They offer a comprehensive range of practical resources, education and training to support the primary healthcare sector. ThinkGP and ASHM have worked together to produce three one hour education modules and other important resources which can be found on the ASHM partner page on ThinkGP.


Upcoming CPR training

The Benchmarque Group with support from NEVDGP have organised to run 2 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation evenings on Wednesday 8th May and Tuesday 18th June 6.30-8.30pm (dinner and registration from 6pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe Uni. Flyer available soon.


Annual health professional symposium 2013: Diabetes Down Under

Friday 10 May at Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Diabetes Australia – Vic is hosting this educational event for diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and diabetes health professionals in partnership with Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute. Download the symposium flyer for further information. Registrations are open and can be made by contacting Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute.



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World Immunisation Week

World Immunisation Week, beginning on 20 April, aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect, or "immunise", people of all ages against disease.
Immunisation is considered the safest and most effective way of giving protection against significant life-threatening diseases, and the more people in the community who are immunised, the greater the chances of eliminating these diseases. Immunisation Week is a great time to consider your own immunisation needs as well as the needs of your patients

Check your immunisation HALO - Your Health, Age, Lifestyle and Occupation (HALO) are the four factors that determine your immunisation needs. View the HALO graphic to find out more.


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Information Management

PEN Computer Systems seeking person to help develop the CAT

Over the years the NEVDGP has worked very closely with PEN Computer Systems and the Clinical Audit Tool. PEN is now offering a position to a suitably qualified person to join the CAT development team – see ad below.

Pen Computer Systems has an opportunity for someone to be involved in the future development of the Clinical Audit Tool (CAT) in our Melbourne team. The successful candidate will have experience in primary health care and strong customer interaction skills. Technical skills and/or previous experience with CAT an advantage. Remuneration package up to $70K inclusive of super depending on experience. If you are interested please send a cover letter (including salary expectations, strengths and weaknesses) and a one page resume to


Medical Director Tip - Filtering the Holding File

The Holding File contains not just pathology results but other imported or scanned documents.

If you only want to view pathology results you can use the filter of the Type column – click on the down arrowhead next to the Type column heading. Remove the ticks from the other types of documents. Once you click OK a small * will appear next to the column heading, indicating that a filter is in use. This means other content in the Holding file will “disappear”. To get them all showing again you will need to click on the Clear Filter button at the top of the screen.


This week’s IM problem - Sorting Results columns

Question: One of the doctors has a problem with her results in MD 3 - they are not in the patients’ file in chronological order but all over the place. Any bright ideas?

Answer:  No bright ideas, only a solution. Your good doctor has clicked on one of the date column headings (such as Subject) and sorted them in that order (if Subject was chosen the results are in alphabetical order of the result name). You will see a tiny \ in the column heading to the right of the column name. To fix this, simply click on the Date checked column heading and this will place the results in chronological order, either ascending or descending. You may have to click a second time to have most recent results at the top, depending on preference.


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Items of Interest

Austin Health Specialist Clinics: Patient Choice Booking (PCB) Update

A new appointment scheduling system will be implemented in the Specialist Clinics from May 6th 2013. GP's can still use their present referral forms and fax them to 9496 2097 or email requesting an outpatient appointment for their patient. If a patient's condition has deteriorated and they need to be seen sooner, please contact the GP priority line on 9496 2900 or email If you require further information visit our website or please contact Jacinta Opie, Project Manager, Patient Choice Booking project on 0481 002 251 or email


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: In this issue: AMA Position Statement on Community Aged Care Services; Immunisation Rates; AMA calls for national health policy for young people; GPs needed to lobby; AMA President meets Minister for Health; AMA welcomes living organ donor paid-leave scheme; Reminder: NPS Health Practitioner Class (general practitioner) Director nominations invited.


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News for Practice Staff

Wound Care Workshops with Jan Rice

Wednesday 24 April 9.30-12.30pm at GPV Victoria, Swanson St, Carlton. Cost $125. Resources and lunch provided. 3 CPD hours for nurses. Register at: or email:


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Royal Children’s Hospital GP training -'Chronic cough, asthma and the snoring child'

Tuesday 23 April 7-9pm (Finger food from 6.30pm) at  Ella Latham Theatre, Royal Children’s Hospital. Speakers: Dr. Sarath Ranganathan, Dr Mandie Griffiths and Dr Phil Robinson from the RCH Respiratory Department. For further information and online registration click here.


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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


Doutta Galla Community Health Service, Kensington - Short term positions for GPs

As a few GPs are going on leave in the coming weeks, Doutta Galla Community Health Service welcomes enquiries from interested GPs for the following 2 periods:

  1. 19th April - 17th May. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (Thursday may be considered if required) 9-5:30 pm.
  2. 9th May - 20th May. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9-1:00 pm.

Contact Janina De Silva Tel:  03 8378 1647 Fax 03 9372 1558 Mobile  0409 436 930


Practice Staff

Ivanhoe Medical Clinic - part time position available for a Registered Nurse Division 1/Community Care Nurse to co-ordinate and manage our Veterans Care and Home Health Assessments programs. Experience in this area would be an asset but not essential. Both programs are well established and have been in place for some time. 

For more info call Practice Manager on 9499 1245 or email –


Northcote area – 3 days per week Div 1 Practice Nurse required 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

Positions wanted

RN Div 1 Consultant available - specifically available for Chronic Disease Management ie: Care Plans, Aged Care Facility ie: Comprehensive Health Assessments, General Health Assessments and Accreditation.
Contact Silvana on: 0403 994 299

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Educated People

A guy asked a girl in a university library: "Do you mind if I sit beside you?”.  

The girl replied with a loud voice: "I DON'T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU!”  

All the students in the library started staring at the guy; he was extremely embarrassed and moved to another table.

After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the guy's table and said: "I study psychology, and I know what a man is thinking. I guess you felt embarrassed, right?

The guy then responded with a loud voice: “FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR ONE NIGHT? THAT'S TOO MUCH!”   

All the people in the library looked at the girl in shock.

The guy whispered in her ear: "I study law, and I know how to screw people".


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And remember


            Hard work never killed anybody - but why take the risk?