North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1322: July 10, 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                                                Resumption of Mental Health Nursing Program at NEVDGP         

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetes in School Seminar for Teachers, New Funding Initiative Available

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Clinical Practice Guidelines for Managing Overweight and Obesity, GP Network News

Mental Health                                      Anxiety across the Ages and Stages of Life

News for Practice Staff                       Advanced practice nursing factsheet, Updated CPD Requirements for nurses, Nurse Practitioners Conference, Nursing Scholarships

Women’s Health                                  Beyond Baby Blues

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Resumption of Mental Health Nursing Program at NEVDGP

The Division has now been advised by Austin Health CEO Dr Brendan Murphy that following the successful refunding of the Mental Health Nurses Program by Medicare Australia, Austin Health will resume its successful partnership with the Division of this program for a further twelve months. Division CEO, Ken Mansbridge is meeting with Sharon Sherwood (Mental Health Program Manager) at Austin Health, later this month to discuss detailed arrangements for the programs resumption. This will be good news for the 70 GPs currently participating in the program and the more than 120 patients who benefit from the regular visits made by nurses Janine Nedelkos & Ken Luxmoore. We look forward to providing you with the detailed arrangements in the near future.


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Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes in School Seminar for Teachers

These seminars, run by Diabetes Australia – Vic, offer participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge and become more confident in supporting and facilitating the day to day school experience of children with type 1 diabetes. Sessions will include information about diabetes and diabetes management in school age children; practical workshops covering a variety of specialised topics in more detail including monitoring, camps, pumps and excursions.

Tuesday 30 July 9am-4pm at Australian Nursing Federation (ANF), Level 7, Carson Conference Centre, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Cost: $100 (incl GST)

For enquiries/registrations please phone 9667 1728, email or visit the website


New Funding Initiative Available

The Life! program (DA-Vic) is offering a new funding initiative available to General Practice.  Under this initiative, you will receive payment when you refer eligible participants into the Life! program. This will be available until the end of the program (June 2015) and is designed to be easy to implement within GP and Pharmacy settings.

Referring your patients is easy. Simply:

1.    Confirm your patient is eligible as per the Life! program eligibility criteria

2.    Complete the referral form and fax to Life! team

You’ll receive:

1.    $20 for every eligible patient referred

2.    $30 for every patient who actually attends and completes a Life! Introductory Session.

For more information, eligibility criteria and referral form click here.


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Continuing Professional Development


ThinkGP has two education modules available to assist in completing your Mental Health Skills Training. Anxiety across the ages and stages of life discusses the key management features of anxiety disorders as encountered in general practice while Beyond Baby Blues focuses on screening and further assessment of women in the perinatal period for possible depression and/or anxiety.   
Also see here for a list of current education.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Slow opening of first patient of the day has been fixed by 3.14e Update

HCN has just released the MD/PS 3.14e update which includes several bug fixes. Of most importance to many users is fixing the slow opening of the first patient of the day. HCN reports that the fix results in a 91% faster opening time (based on a standalone computer). Some sites had previously been advised by HCN Customer Support to un-tick the 'Influenza At Risk' and 'Pneumococcal At Risk' check boxes in the Prompt Options window in order to improve the speed at which the first patient record was opened each day. These sites can now re-tick these options as desired. This must be performed for each user logon. Prompt options are available from within Medical Director by selecting Tools > Options > Prompts Tab.

Other improvements include:

·         Updated immunisation in line with the Australian Immunisation Handbook (10th Edition 2013).

·         The National Immunisation Program Schedule within Medical Director  for each state is current as of July 1, 2013.       

·         Changes relating to CDA eHealth documents in line with both the RACGP and NEHTA recommendations.

·         A comprehensive fix for a known Microsoft related issue affecting the correct functionality of cumulative pathology results on some systems


This week’s MD problem - Saving pdf documents as templates

Question: Just wondering if you may be able to assist me with some instruction on how to import a pdf template to Medical Director.  My attempts have only supplied me with an inscripted (sic) version and totally unreadable!!!

Answer: MD's LetterWriter will not import PDFs. The template needs to be in RTF format for fields to work. You can import Word documents but only in .doc format, not .docx which is the latest version of word.

PDFs are a format designed for read only and are not editable, a bit like a photo of a document. What confuses it for everyone is that many entities (including Medicare Locals) provide templates in PDF format which confuses practices who don’t want to return to paper-based systems.


Best Practice Tip - Turning on Actions, Reminders and Preventive Health pop-ups

Each user can have the Actions, Reminders & Preventative Health window popup when opening the patient’s clinical record? 

With no patient record open:

1.      Click on Setup and select Preferences

2.      On the left click on Clinical then tick Popup Preventative Health list when opening a patient record. 


General Computer Tip - Quickly changing text size

There is a simple and easy keyboard shortcut to increase or decrease font size in Microsoft products.

  1. Highlight the text you wish to increase/decrease the size.
  2. Press Shift + Control + > to increase font size

            Press Shift + Control + < to decrease font size

Watch in amazement as the text gets bigger bigger bigger, then smaller smaller smaller

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Items of Interest

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Managing Overweight and Obesity

Intended for use by general practitioners, general practice nurses, primary care health professionals and allied health professionals, the recently released clinical practice guidelines follow the primary '5As' framework: ask and assess, advise, assist, arrange. Access the guidelines here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMC seeks AMA view on RACGP’s accreditation; Red tape reduction - Budget measure you may have missed; AMA President to speak at National Press Club; Australian Medicine; Three new immunisation requirements for government payments; Use of HPOS growing but awareness could be improved; Do your patients have questions about the PCEHR?; Government report on dementia – Thinking Ahead; Latest update on Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus; Professionals Life Cover Plus for the AMA


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Mental Health

Anxiety across the Ages and Stages of Life

Discusses the key management features of anxiety disorders as encountered in general practice. See under CPD.


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News for Practice Staff

Advanced practice nursing factsheet

The Nursing and Midwifery Board has recently released a fact sheet on advanced practice nursing. The fact sheet addresses practice domains in the Australian context, and how the role of the advanced practice nurse relates to the nurse practitioner and registered nurse. The fact sheet is available here.


Updated CPD Requirements for nurses

In April the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Nursing and Midwifery Board recently revised information provided about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. The revised FAQ sheet on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) includes what form of evidence of CPD should take and a CPD development template. More information here.


Nurse Practitioners Conference

A warm invitation is extended to all nurse practitioners and those interested in advanced practice to the 8th Annual Conference of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, from 24th – 27th September. The conference theme ‘Nurse Practitioners Across the Lifespan, Transforming Healthcare’ will focus on key topics organised in clinical streams, including mental health, primary and emergency care, chronic disease, aged care, paediatrics, pain management as well as acute care and rehabilitation.


Nursing Scholarships

A range of aged care scholarships offered by the Australian Government are available and applications open on 1 July 2013. Other scholarships under the NAHSSS include undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD, nurse re-entry, midwifery prescribing, Tasmanian Postgraduate and Tasmanian CPD. Applications for these open on 22 July 2013. Further information is available here.


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Women’s Health

Beyond Baby Blues

Focusing on screening and further assessment of women in the perinatal period for possible depression and/or anxiety. See under CPD.  

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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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Anyone know Frank?

A man walks out to the street and just catches a taxi going by. He gets into the taxi. 
Cabbie says, “Perfect timing. You're just like Frank.” 
Passenger: “Who?” 
Cabbie: “Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.” 
Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.” 
Cabbie: “Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy.” 
Passenger: “Sounds like he was something really special.” 
Cabbie: “There's more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, could do everything right.”
Passenger: “Wow, some guy then.”
Cabbie: “He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too - He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman.”
Passenger: “An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?” 
Cabbie: "Well, I never actually met Frank. He died and I married his wife."


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And remember


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