North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1323: July 16, 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                                                Loss of Pip Payments for After Hours Care, Vale Val Hewitt          

Chronic Disease Management            Getting started: type 2 diabetes information session, 2013 Symposium on Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Loss of Pip Payments for After Hours Care

Message to health practitioners and Practice Managers

The Northern Melbourne Medicare Local (NMML) in its newsletter last week (see below) invited general practitioners & others to participate in a very short survey on “After Hours Care”. Considering the large amount of negative feedback we have received from practices on the NMML After Hours Services Contract offered to them, we believe this is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback to government on your experiences/concerns on this important issue.

Many of you will have lost significant PIP payments by now, and many practices have, we understand, declined to accept the terms and conditions offered by the NMML for additional after hours care. The Department of Health & Ageing (DoHA) is keen to hear your views, so we strongly recommend you take the 2 or 3 minutes to complete the survey, to best ensure DoHA is made aware of the valid concerns of General Practice.


Health professionals - have your say on after hours health care

The University of Melbourne is evaluating after hours primary health care reforms for the Australian Government. They are keen to hear from GPs, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and allied healthcare providers. Please share your views on after hours needs, professional needs, the role of Medicare Locals in funding after hours care from 1 July and the value of the after hours GP helpline. Share your stories here in 5 minutes with the After Hours Project team.


You can also use this website link to access the survey:


Vale Val Hewitt

It is with sadness that we note the quite sudden passing of Ms Val Hewitt who has been a long term receptionist at the Montmorency Medical Centre. Our condolences go to all her friends and family.


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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.


2013 Symposium on Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November at The Brighton Savoy, 150 The Esplanade, Brighton, Victoria. This symposium, focused on behavioural research in diabetes, will be of interest to researchers, health professionals, policy makers and industry representatives who are interested in the behavioural and psychological aspects of living with diabetes. See here for more information and registration.


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Continuing Professional Development

Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“The Face of Diabetes”- Speakers: Dr Felicity Pyrlis, Endocrinologist; Dr Nestor Fuertes, General Practitioner.

Wednesday 17 July, 12:25pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building (opp. Medical Library), Austin Campus. Informal lunch from 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


ThinkGP – Managing low Magnesium
Despite living in a wealthy country that should optimise our patients nutritional needs, there is a growing body of evidence that many common presentations we see may be a result of inadequate Magnesium intake. This week we present a new video which discusses the importance of having an approach to presentations caused by low magnesium. 


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Medical Director Coded items update July 2013

Lots of new coded items were added to the DOCLE list with the July 2013 MD REF update, 82 in fact, which is too many to publish here. You may wish to view these new entries and they can be found in MD:

1.      From the Resources menu select What’s new in DOCLE (doesn’t matter if patient record open or not!)

2.      Scroll through the list

3.      Close the list


Best Practice Tip - Creating default settings for a medication

1.      Prescribe as per normal including setting up the Dose, Frequency, Food and Other.

2.      Click on the “Save this dose as the default for this preparation” box at the bottom of the New Rx window.

3.      The next time you prescribe this item it will default to the settings you have set.


General Computer Tip - Using “Paste Special”

Ever noticed that when you copy and paste from the internet or from one document to another it carries the formatting with it. What you often want is for it to be in “normal” text. In the following example we’ll copy some text from a website and paste it into Word.

1.  Highlight some text from a webpage and copy it (Control + C).

2.  Open a blank Word document and click on the down arrow next to the Paste icon in the toolbar. Select Paste special… and from the list of options select Unformatted Text – the text will now be pasted in the Normal style.


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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA backs tax cap inquiry; Peak professional bodies unite to oppose tax on learning; AMA President to spell out health policy priorities at the National Press Club; Next week is AMA Family Doctor Week; Maintenance of Vocational Recognition for GPs; TGA Rescheduling of benzodiazepine – alprazolam; MJA looks at Indigenous health;


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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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Three nuns were attending a football final.

Three men were sitting directly behind. 

Because their habits were partially blocking the view, the men decided to badger the nuns hoping that they'd get annoyed enough to move to another area.

In a very loud voice, the first guy said, "I think I’m going to move to Brisbane. There are only 100 nuns living there." 

Then the second guy spoke up and said, “I want to go to Tasmania. There are only 50 nuns living there."

The third guy said, "I want to go to New Zealand. There are only 25 nuns living there." 

One of the nuns turned around, looked at the men, and in a very sweet and calm voice said,

"Why don’t you go to hell? There aren't any nuns there!"  


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And remember


            The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.