North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1324: July 24, 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                                                August 1 Deadline for SMD Commissioning test    

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetes in School Seminar for Teachers, Supermarket tours       

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation reminder

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Volunteer wanted, GP Network News    

Mental Health                                      Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Related Disorders Treatment Program 

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter      

Paediatrics                                           Allergy Update                     

Women’s Health                                  Mental and Emotional Wellbeing at Menopause and Midlife       

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

August 1 Deadline for SMD Commissioning test

In order to remain eligible for the PIP eHealth Incentive, practices must be able to verify that their Secure Messaging Delivery Service (such as Argus, HeathLink, Referral Net) has been installed and configured. The PIP eHealth Register can be found at:

This can be a daunting and complicated process for practices and the division suggests for assistance you contact Medicare, your SMD providers, and of course your local Medicare Local which has been financed to provide this support.


For Medical Director users there is a comprehensive list of resources, “How to docs…”and checklists at:


Next week, If you feel that you are still lost or are not getting the support you need, please contact the division and we will try and provide some support  through our practice managers support group that have already been successful in jumping through the hoops. One of our PMs will be on hand for on the spot assistance but there will be a fee for this service.


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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.

Thursday 22 August 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.


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 14 August at Woolworths Box Hill Central Cnr Main and Station Streets Box Hill. 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

CPR training

The Benchmarque Group with support from NEVDGP have organised to run a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation evening on Wednesday21st August 6.30-8.30pm (dinner and registration from 6pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe Uni. Cost: $55 – full payment is required on Registration. Please return this registration form by mail (with cheque) or fax (9496 4349) or email ( and pay on the night by cash or cheque. Credit card facilities are NOT available. Postal address is North East Valley Division of General Practice, C/- Repatriation Hospital, Locked Bag 1, Heidelberg West, VIC 3081.


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Immunisation reminder

Remember the vaccines scheduled at 2 months of age may be given from 6 weeks of age. The next scheduled dose should still be administered at 4 months of age.


The Department of Health immunisation web site has two new resources available now
1) a new fact sheet for the combined vaccine Haemophilus influenza type b and meningococcal C.
The Hib - MenC fact sheet is located under the fact sheets page and links to the Better Health Channel consumer web site.
Down load the fact sheet to give to families prior to vaccination with the new Menitorix vaccine.
2) the August edition immunisation newsletter, issue 64 in available here.
In this issue:
        New edition of Myths and realities: responding to arguments against immunisation
        Parent Boostrix® vaccine – the free program has ended
        Catch-up immunisation – see The Australian Immunisation Handbook
        New vaccines – which limb will I use?
        Alternative brands of MMR and varicella vaccine
        Report Menitorix® and Priorix-Tetra® to the immunisation register
        Definition of ‘fully immunised’ for parent payments
        Save the date – clinical vaccinology update
        Pneumococcal disease – are people at high risk being immunised?
        Onelink – the new warehouse and distribution service for vaccine
        TagAlert® – new vaccine cold chain monitor
        Vasovagal episode during immunisation – a case study
        Resources and further reading

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Information Management

This week’s MD problem - Inserting documents into LetterWriter files

Question: How do I insert Word and pdf documents into a LetterWriter document I have created?

Answer: The answer is with difficulty. LetterWriter only inserts Word documents in the old format, .doc not .docx. Even with .doc documents it still has problems, especially if graphics are involved. LetterWriter will import .text and .rtf files OK but it has a convulsion if you try and import a pdf.

For the record, the way to do it is:

1.      In your LetterWriter document, insert the cursor where you want the imported document to go

2.      From the Insert menu select File...

3.      From the Files of type... select .doc for a Word document (old file format of Word) or .txt or .rtf for text and rtf documents, and then locate the document you wish to import

Probably a better way to go about it is to open the Word document, highlight the text you want inserted and then paste into you LetterWriter document.

Please note: You are able to import .pdf document into the Documents and Letters section of MD without going via Letterwriter:

1.      Click on the Documents or Letters tab (or even the Results or Correspondence tab).

2.      Click on the Import button and navigate your way to where the pdf (or other document type) is stored.

3.      Click on Open and then Save.

4.      When saving you have a choice of where to direct the document, into Letters, Documents, Results or Toolbox, the same choices you have when you scan a document.


Best Practice Tip - Changing the brand and/or strength of a medication

All too often a GP will delete a medication and then re-prescribe the same medication with a different strength. If you want to change the dose of Viagra from 25 Mg to 50 Mg:

1.      There are 3 ways to do this:

a.      Click on the strength of the medication (e.g. 25 Mg) and click on the Edit button

b.      Right click on the Strength of the medication and select Change Brand/Strength

c.       Double click on the Strength

2.      The Edit Rx window opens – select an alternative brand/strength from the list.

3.      Print the script.

Click on Today’s notes and the changes you have made will be documented.


General Computer Tip - Keyboard shortcuts

·    Bold                            -  Control + B

·    Italic                            -  Control + i

·    Underline                    -  Control + U

·   Font size larger       - Shift + Control + >

·   Font size smaller              -  Shift + Control + <

If you want to undo the change, i.e. unbold, unitalicise etc, simply repeat the short cut – this toggles between the 2 settings; unbold <-> bold  <-> unbold  OR  unitalic <-> italic <-> unitalic.


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Items of Interest

GP Volunteer

An opportunity to help at a Medical Clinic in Papua New Guinea. 'Papua New Guinea Corporate Mission' is looking for doctors who are able to volunteer their time and expertise at a medical clinic in the remote village of Kanabea, in PNG in September.  The mission is only accessible via light aircraft.  For more information on this Mission and the project, please see the website:


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA releases health policy platform for the 2013 federal election; AMA Family Doctor Week 15-21 July 2013; AMA Urges Government to scrap the cap and Treasury to take the rap; AMA calls for proper indexation of Medicare patient rebates; Axe the PBS authority system; GP Training Placements must be increased; Professor Fiona Wood to open 2013 GPET Convention; New Edition of Australian Medicine available now; Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.


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Mental Health

Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Related Disorders Treatment Program

This is a 12 weeks week program offered at The Melbourne Clinic, in Richmond, for individuals with a diagnosis of ADHD and other related disorders. Clients with difficulties of attention and concentration, impulsivity, hyperactivity and/or executive functioning dysregulation will benefit from this program. The program aims to help people enhance functioning in a number of areas, including understanding how these difficulties have impacted the individuals’ life and developing skills to better regulate emotions and behaviours, organisational and problem solving skills. For more information please contact day program intake clinician 9420 9236.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

Proposed cap on education deductions, NAHSSS scholarships now open, a career as a nurse leader and lots more. Click here.


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Allergy Update

Saturday 10th August 8.30am-2.15pm at Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville. Presented by RCH Melbourne’s Allergy and Immunology Department, this symposium will provide an update on evidence based management of childhood allergic disorders for health care professionals who wish to further their knowledge in paediatric allergic disease. See here for more information.


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Women’s Health

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing at Menopause and Midlife

ThinkGP in partnership with Jean Hailes presents a new video in our Women's Health Series. 

Mood disorders in young Australian women aged 18 - 24 years are at a level of around 30%. This level of mood disorder drops off as women age. In this video Dr Mandy Deeks discusses how anxiety is also common in other stages of life and that health professionals need to be on the lookout for this condition.


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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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Scientific Jokes

1.      A photon checks into a hotel and the porter asks him if he has any luggage. The photon replies: “No, I’m travelling light.”

2.      What does a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac spend most of his time doing? Staying up all night wondering if there really is a dog.

3.      Pavlov is enjoying a pint in the pub. The phone rings. He jumps up and shouts: “Hell, I forgot to feed the dog!”

4.      There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that know binary, and those that don’t.

5.      When I heard that oxygen and magnesium hooked up I was like OMg.

6.      The barman says: “We don’t serve faster-than-light particles here.” A tachyon enters a bar.

7.      A layman, a scientist and a mathematician are driving through Wales when they spot a black sheep on a hillside. The layman says: “How fascinating. The sheep in Wales are black.” The scientist says: “No. There is one sheep in Wales which is black.” The mathematician sighs and rolls his eyes. “I beg to differ. There is one sheep in Wales, one side of which is black.”

8.      What did the proton say to the ever-grumpy electron? “Why do you have to be so negative all the time?”


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And remember


            … whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over.