North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1319: June 19, 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:

Chronic Disease Management            Getting started: type 2 diabetes information session, Research Revealed, Translated Diabetes Information Sheets

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service, GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        International Men's Health Week

Women’s Health                                  Pelvic Floor Surgical Service

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


Chronic Disease Management

Getting started: type 2 diabetes information session

A Diabetes Australia – Vic program for people with type 2 diabetes who are newly diagnosed or have not had diabetes education in the past. Programs are run by our Diabetes Educator and Dietitian, who will provide you with valuable information to manage your diabetes. Thursday 18 July 9.30am-3pm at Diabetes Australia-Vic, 1st Floor (stairs only), 570 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Cost: $10 members and $15 for non-members. Bookings are essential. Please call 1300 136 588. Click to view flyer.


Research Revealed

An information session run by Diabetes Australia – Vic covering the future for type 1 diabetes, prevention, management and cure. Speakers: Dr Tom Brodnicki will give an overview of the history and current findings of the genetics of type 1 diabetes; and Dr David O'Neal will discuss the latest advances in technology including recent advances in pumps and monitoring.

Saturday 20 July 9am -12.30pm at Business and Economics Theatre 1, 111 Barry Street, Carlton. Bookings essential phone 1300 136 588.


Translated Diabetes Information Sheets

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australia Government, administered by Diabetes Australia. NDSS has translated ten diabetes information sheets, covering topics such as: What is Diabetes; Food Choices for People with Diabetes and Blood Glucose Monitoring into ten languages. They are available in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese and can be accessed at here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Lumps & Bumps above the Belt: Workshop for GPs & Health Professionals

Saturday 31 August 9am - 2pm at Michael Chamberlain Lecture Theatre, Mary Aikenhead Building, St Vincent's Hospital, Victoria Pde, Fitzroy. Leading experts present the latest evidence-based information on breast, ocular and head and neck cancers. The free workshop will be presented by specialists from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital. A light lunch will be provided. More information including topics, speakers and registration details are here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Progress Notes – using the Search function (reprint)

This is a very under-used tool. How often do you want to look back through your notes to find a particular reference. You can go and scan read all your past notes but it is much better to use the search function using a keyword. For example if you want to find all the recalls a patient has had in the past, go to Progress, click on the Search button and type in Viagra. All visits that contain that word “Viagra” will turn red, allowing you to only read those notes that are relevant to your particular search.


This week’s MD problem - Misfiling results

Question: One of our doctors has checked a result and placed it into the wrong patient’s file. Their names are very similar. We now have an 8 year old showing his mother's needle aspiration of her breast. How do I set about rectifying it? Is it easier to ask the Pathology laboratory to send another result electronically and then delete the wrong one in the boys file or is there a better way?

Answer: Your solution would work but there is an easier solution. You can open the boy’s file, and then click on the Investigation tab. Right click on the incorrectly filed result and select Reassign Patient. From the patient list select the mother and then click OK.


Best Practice Tip - Adding extemporaneous preparations to the Medication list

You can use the Recipes function in Best Practice to enter recipes for preparations into the drug database. This is especially useful for adding extemporaneous preparations and keeping a record of complementary medicines in the patient’s current medication screen.

Adding Custom Prescription Preparations (recipes)

  1. From the main menu (no patient record open) go to Setup menu and select Custom preparations.
  2. Once the Custom prescription preparation screen appears click on the Add button.

  3. You can add the details of your recipe in the Custom prescription item window.
  4. Click all fields and Save when complete and your preparation will be added to the Custom preparations database.
  5.  Prescribe as you normally would from the Current Rx but click on Custom radio button which will display all your recipes.
  6.  Click on the Next button to enter the dose frequency and instructions and other details, as you would for any new prescription. 


Best Practice problem - Misfiling results

Question: One of our doctors has actioned a result and placed it into the wrong patient’s file. Their names are very similar. We now have an 8 year old showing his mother's needle aspiration of her breast. How do I set about rectifying it? Is it easier to ask the Pathology laboratory to send another result electronically and then delete the wrong one in the boys file or is there a better way?

Answer: It is easier to move the file into the correct patient’s file.

1.      With no patient record open click on the View menu and select Investigation Reports (or click on the Beaker icon from the toolbar.

2.      Press the Filing cabinet icon on the toolbar.

3.       File menu (or click on the Filing cabinet icon) and select the patient who has the incorrect result in their record.

4.      Click on the Investigation Reports tab to display all that patient’s results.

5.      Click on the “incorrect” result to highlight it and from the Edit menu select Move report.

6.      From the patient list select the mother and then click Select.

7.      Close the Investigations Report window.


General Computer Tip - How to capture a screen

This is also known as a screen dump. Sometimes you want to capture a dialogue box and then insert it into a Word document. You could also capture an error message that has appeared on your screen and email it to the IT person.

1. Make sure the F Lock key is on (if you have one).

2.  Press the PrtScn key, which is usually located just to the right of your <F12> function key – this takes a snapshot of your whole screen and stores it in memory (just like you have done a Copy).

3. Better still is to hold down the Alt key while you press the PrtScn key – this takes a snapshot of your active window only, instead of the whole screen, which could be an open dialogue box (including an error message)

4.  Open Word and select Paste (Edit >Paste or Control + V) - this “dumps” the graphic into Word.


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Items of Interest

North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service

Welcome to the June 2013 edition of the NEMICS Newsletter.  Read the full newsletter here. Highlights for this edition are: Victorian Conference; Vacancies on Clinical Reference Group; 

Patient Held Information Resource; Spinal Cord Compression; New staff member; Cancer Services Volunteers


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Make a submission on self education expenses; Department sees common sense over after hours contracts; AMA Advice re After Hours Contracts; Confusion threatens patient access to after-hours care; Discussion Paper exposes new ‘tax on learning’; AMA President to spell out health policy priorities for 2013 Federal Election; Penny pinching on training tax breaks ill advised; Information for GPs on the MERS-CoV; PIP eHealth incentive for secure messaging – commissioning requirement to be met by 1 August 2013; AMA Congratulates Recipients of Queens Birthday Honours; MJA Articles of Interest;


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Men’s Health

International Men's Health Week

To mark International Men's Health Week (10 - 16 June 2013) ThinkGP presents a new video on the physical, psychological and hormonal aspects of erectile dysfunction to encourage men to remain active in aiming for good health.
For more on Men’s Health Week click here


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Women’s Health

Pelvic Floor Surgical Service

Dr Yik Lim is an Urogynaecologist located at 16 Martin St, Heidelberg. He specialises in treating and managing female urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and consults at Heidelberg, Mitcham, Freemasons [E.Melb] and John Fawkner, Coburg. Surgical sessions at Mercy and Warringal, Mitcham, John Fawkner & Freemasons Private Hospitals.  Contact - 9457 3100.


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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


Watsonia - Rosanna Medical Centre is seeking a PT/VR GP. A computerised, accredited, mixed billing, long established practice. Friendly supportive team. Please call (03) 9435 1191.


Practice Staff

Bundoora - Part-time position for Practice Nurse. Fully computerised, accredited Practice. Tel : 0433 155 451.


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Hospitality in China

China has been trying to push international tourism to greater heights. The government has asked all hotels, tourist guides and restaurants to provide all best possible services and proper guidance to tourists in English. The hotels have adopted an aggressive approach to attracting and guiding tourists.

Welcome letter:
Getting There:
Our representative will make you wait at the airport.
The hotel bus runs along the lake and you will feel pleasure in passing water. You will know the hotel is near, because you will go round the bend. As you come into the hotel, our beautiful manager will offer welcome drinks and then have intercourse with all new guests.
The Hotel:
This is a family hotel, so adultery and children are welcome.
Nurses are available in the evenings to put down your children.
Guests are invited to mate in the bar and expose themselves to others.
It is good to have intercourse with others and become fast friends.
But please note that ladies are not allowed to have their babies in the bar. With our help they can be delivered in the baby center.
We organize social games, so no guest is ever left alone to play with himself.
Your Room:
Every room has excellent facilities for your private parts.
In winter, every room is on heat.
Each room has a balcony offering views of outstanding obscenity.
All your needs are from room service. Please feel free to ring for the chambermaid and take advantage of her.
When you leave us at the end of your holiday, you will struggle to forget it..


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And remember


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