North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1328: August 21, 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            Type 1 in the City – Complications, Supermarket tours      

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News    

News for Practice Staff                       Training for nurses  

Paediatrics                                           Complex, persistent illnesses in childhood and adolescence: a practical approach      

Women’s Health                                  Fertility Week          

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


Chronic Disease Management

Type 1 in the City – Complications

This is another in the series of events, presented by Diabetes Australia – Vic, providing valuable and up-to-date information about living with diabetes. It also presents an opportunity to meet other people with type 1 diabetes living in your community. Associate Professor Alicia Jenkins (Endocrinologist) will be discussing type 1 diabetes and complications.

Saturday, 14 September 9:30am-1pm at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Functions and Convention Centre, Charles Latrobe Theatre, Grattan Street, Parkville. Bookings are essential. Call 1300 136 588.


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 Tuesday 10 September at Woolworths, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone and on Tuesday 16 September at Coles, Cnr Robertson Road and Aitkin Street, Gisborne. 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

APPN INR Webinar - Update on Warfarin Reversal

Tuesday 27th August 7-8pm PresenterProf Alex Gallus
here to register for this event. For first time webinar attendees click here to download an overview.


CV – Risk Medication Compliance Audit
With just under 6 months until the triennium finishes, this audit is an effective way to gain 40 points (RACGP Category 1 ) or 30 ACCRM points.This audit measures the factors that affect compliance to medication in just 10 of your patients. The audit follows a usual consult and suggests a strategy to improve compliance and follow up. Click here to get started.


Lifestyle and nutrition activities

Healthy Eating - Managing Good Nutrition - This education activity outlines healthy eating patterns during pregnancy and lactation, in the management of hypercholesterolaemia, in older people and in minimising food allergy. We will consider the appropriate advice for a range of situations so that optimal outcomes may be achieved.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Using the Search function in the Progress Notes

The Search function in the Progress Notes is a very handy, but often overlooked function of the Progress Notes.

1.      With the current Progress Note open click on the Search button


When the Search Text box opens type in what you wish to search for, e.g. Viagra and click on Search

3.      Each Progress Note that has that text will be highlighted in red - double clicking on the “red” Progress Note (or right click >Open visit) will open it.

Note: Be aware however, that there is a bug (of which HCN has been notified) – your first double click (or right click) will take you to the wrong Progress Note. Subsequent double clicks (or right click) >Open on the same visit work. In fact, even without using the Search function the first double click takes you to the wrong Progress Note. It seems that the right click >Open visit takes you to the wrong visit every time!


This week’s MD problem - How do I import a patient record from a CD/DVD?

Question:  I have a DVD from another practice which contains the patient’s complete medical record. How do I get it into MD?

Answer: This is a function of the HCN Maintenance program.

1.      Place the CD or DVD into the disk drive.

2.      Open the HCN maintenance program – there should be an icon on the desktop.

3.      Under Database tasks select Common and then double click on Import / Export

4.      Type in your password and proceed with the Import/Export  Wizard by clicking Next and Next again.

5.      Select Import and choose Next.

6.      Select Clinical and then Next.

7.      When asked for a Filename click on the Browse button and navigate your way to the DVD player (Drive D) where you will find the patient with a .XML filename. Double click to open.

8.      The patient  record will then import into Medical Director


Best Practice Tip - Supplied templates

LetterWriter has 2 types of templates:

·         Custom templates – these are the ones you have created or imported

·         Supplied templates – these have been supplied by Best Practice Software

There are radio buttons where you can choose to view all templates, Custom templates only, Supplied templates only as well as templates applicable to all Australian states.


General Computer Tip - Using Format Painter

The Format painter is a handy tool to copy basic formatting from one section of text to another.

  1. Select the text or graphic that has the formatting that you want to copy.

Note   If you want to copy text formatting, select a portion of a paragraph. If you want to copy text and paragraph formatting, select an entire paragraph, including the paragraph mark.

  1. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click on Format Painter – the pointer changes to a paint brush icon.
  2. Highlight the text you wish to change and release the mouse button when finished.


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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Dr Haikerwal NEHTA resignation raises serious concerns about clinical input to PCEHR; Good news on intern places; AMA President addresses the Social Determinants of Health Alliance public forum; Australian Medicine; Chief Medical Officer communiqué regarding Lyme disease; Millions unaware of chronic disease risk; Health Professionals' Health Conference 2013; Revision of ADIPS gestational diabetes guidelines; Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus - situation update; Australian Smoking Cessation Conference: 6 - 8 November 2013;


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News for Practice Staff

Training for nurses

Australian College of Nurses Continuing Professional Development Calendar July – December. Click here.


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Complex, persistent illnesses in childhood and adolescence: a practical approach

The RCH Practical Paediatrics Program for GPs - Topics: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Somatisation disorder

Tuesday September 10th  7-9pm (Registration from 6.30) at The Royal Children’s Hospital, in partnership with INWMML

Find out more and register online.  Contact Wendy Reid on 9347 1188 or 


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Women’s Health

Fertility Week, 2–8 September

Most Australians want children and have an idea how many children they want. Yet about nine per cent of Australian couples have difficulty getting pregnant. Knowledge about key fertility factors like age, weight, smoking, alcohol use and timing of sex can mean a huge difference to the lives of your patients and clients.

Your Fertility aims to give the Australian community clear and accurate information about the factors that will help them conceive and have healthy children. As a health professional, you can help by sharing our evidence-based information about fertility and preconception health with your patients and clients during Fertility Week, 2–8 September.

Our Your Fertility pack has Fertility Week activity ideas, promotional resources, a preconception health checklist, preconception health DVDs and more.

For further information, contact the Your Fertility project team on (03) 8601 5250 or


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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


Heidelberg - busy family friendly practice is looking for a part- time/full time VR GP. The practice is computerised, fully accredited, with a practice nurse and supportive, friendly staff. With on-site pathology, dietician and psychologist and a sessional paediatrician and psychiatrist  consulting on a regular basis. Working hours and terms are flexible. Please contact Dr Jean McMullin on 9459 1100 or email,


Keon Park - Doctors wanted. Southern Cross Care Macleod is relocating to a new 96 bed facility in Keon Park. They are seeking GP’s with an interest in aged care to join their team. They are offering consulting room, medical director available, nursing staff to assist you and accompany you when you visit, designated visiting times. Please call Barbara Stacpoole Manager 9434 4555/0419 165 758 if you wish to discuss further or would like to view the facility.


Mill Park - PVCH GP Super Clinic - Plenty Valley Community Health is requiring Full time/Part Time VR Female or Male GPs to join our brand new family orientated bulk billing clinic. This modern purpose built clinic is supported by friendly practice staff, nurses, allied health and on site pathology. For more information, please contact our Practice Manager, Cathy on 0419 314 839 or via email


Montmorency - Busy, long-established practice seeks a full-time or part-time GP for GP owned family practice. Fully computerized, mixed billing, accredited, practice nurse support and friendly staff. Pathology services on site. Hours negotiable, with Saturday morning roster. No after hours or public holidays. Contact: Kay 9435 1144, Email: Website:


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


Practice staff

North Coburg - General Practice Nurse RN (Div 1) – Full time or part time. Energetic proactive PN required with experience in recalls, health assessments, chronic disease management, EPC’s and general treatment room duties including sterilisation of instruments and cold chain management. Experience is also essential in Childhood Vaccination and Wound Care. Must be organized and computer literate; an understanding of Best Practice and Practice 2000 preferred. To apply please email your CV to


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The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.


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And remember


            … The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas.