North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1337: October 23, 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                                                2 MUST attend events         

Aboriginal Health                                Building Bridges in Indigenous Health        

Aged Care                                             Total Aged Services Conferences    

Chronic Disease Management            Symposium for Behavioural Research in Diabetes 

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  New functions and fixes for next MD release, Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Rooms available, GP Network News           

News for Practice Staff                       Practice Managers and Practice Nurses final network event, Diabetes Workshop     

Women’s Health                                  Multiple Pregnancy Information Evening, Seminar on Pregnancy and Neonatal Issues        

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

2 MUST attend events

As we near the end of the year we remind you of 2 very important events organised by the North East Valley Division of General Practice.


Division’s 20th AGM – see you there on November 20, 2013!!     

We ask you to come and join us to celebrate what could well be the division’s last AGM. We will toast our 20 years of service to the general practice community with cocktails, drinks, a light self-service buffet and some entertainment. This promises to be a relaxed, friendly and informal social occasion.

If you have not received your invitation (sent by mail) contact Noel at to organise your acceptance. The AGM is open to all member GPs and Practice Managers and nurses who are Associate Members. For further enquiries contact Noel at the division on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, either via email (see above) or on 9496 4333. [See NEVDGP website}

Wednesday 20th November 7:30-9pm at John Scott Meeting house, La Trobe University (entry via Car Park 7)


Data Quality and the eHealth challenge on November 27, 2013

Find out the latest about Data Quality, eHealth Summaries and the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record plus a Q&A with a quality panel from the RACGP, the Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local, NEVDGP and local input from Practice Managers. Applicants must be from practices within the NEVDGP catchment. [Application Form]


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Aboriginal Health

Building Bridges in Indigenous Health

National Indigenous Health Conference: 25th – 27th of November at Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns. See here for more information and to register online or contact us at


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Aged Care

Total Aged Services Conferences

Aged Care Nurse Managers Conference and Dementia + Community Care Conference both on Wednesday & Thursday October 30 & 31 at Main Grandstand - Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield North.


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Chronic Disease Management

Symposium for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Do you have a special interest in diabetes? On the 29th and 30th of November the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes are hosting a Symposium for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, an official satellite symposium of the IDF World Diabetes Congress. The symposium includes a stimulating academic program of high-profile national and international speakers. For more information about the symposium and for instructions on how to register click here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Data Quality and the eHealth Challenge

Practice Managers and Practice Nurses final network event – invitation widened to include doctors!!

Wednesday November 27th 7 – 9pm (Dinner/Registration from 6.30 pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University. Flier and registration here.


Pharmaceuticals in Palliative Care

Melbourne City Mission Twilight Seminar - Thursday November 21st 6.30-9pm (5.45pm for registration) at Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care, 472 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy. Cost: $50 (Buffet dinner included). Registration: Contact: Irene Murphy on 0448 038 161 or   


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice

This education from ThinkGP discusses the detection of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in general practice. Staging of CKD is discussed and action plans for each stage are outlined.


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Information Management

New functions and fixes for next MD release

The new MD3.15 release will have the following features;

·         Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals will have the ability to input their HPI-I numbers into the user profiles – allowing them access to the PCEHR

·         A visual indicator for presence of a PCEHR record will be available reducing the ‘discovery’ for an active record

·         The issue raised regarding the initialling of the middle name has been resolved

In May this year, Fred IT Group has released a PCEHR-enabled version of its Fred Dispense product to all of its pharmacy users that will also allow them to send dispense information through eRx to the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR). The MD NPDR view will be available in the next MD release (2.16).


This week’s MD problem - Incorrectly spelt specialist category

Question:  A staff member has incorrectly spelt a category that appears in the drop down list of the Address book Category. How do I fix this?

Answer:  You can do this from the Main Screen or from within a patient record:

1.      From the Tools... menu select Lists

2.      Click on the Address book categories radio button – this will display the manually added address book categories

Click on the misspelt address book category to highlight and then click on Delete highlighted item.


Best Practice Tip - Setting prescribing preference

While prescribing you can have BP set up that it always:

·         ”Adds to PMH“

·         Save as “Reason for visit”

·         Saves as the “diagnosis”

This makes for the better recording of clinical notes and fits in snugly with the RACGP recommendations for the recording of medicines which states that you should record “diagnosis/problem as to why medicine prescribed (coded)” for all prescribed medicines. 

How to do it:

1.      With no patient record open click on Setup >Preferences >Prescribing

2.      Place a tick in the boxes as shown in the screen dump below.

Best Practice problem – Incorrectly spelt Contacts category

Question: How do I correct an incorrectly spelt Contact category? Pharmacist has been spelt incorrectly/

Answer: This is done from the Main Screen (no patient record open):

1.      From the Setup menu select Configuration.

2.      Click on Lists and in the Contact category section (top right) click on  the incorrectly spelt category so it is highlighted.

3.      Click on the Edit button to display the category name


Make the correction and then click on the Save button.


General Computer Tip - Adding rows to a tables

When you want to add a row (or in some cases a column) to a table, the following is the easiest way.

  1. Insert the cursor in the last row and right click to display the menu choices/

  2. Click on Insert and in this case select Insert rows below – this will add a row below your existing table (note the other choices you have).


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Items of Interest

Rooms available

Modern, brand new, medical rooms opening soon in Bellfield - across the road from Repatriation Hospital in Heidelberg. The rooms suit physicians, surgeons or a dentist. For more details and enquiries call 0413 425 556.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: MBS indexation freeze will hit patients’ hip pockets; AMA calls for mental health promotion in the workplace;  UGPA calls on Government to urgently address clinical utility of PCEHR; AMA List of Medical Services and Fees - 1 November 2013; GP advice for rotavirus vaccination; Revised Guidelines for the Treatment of ASD and PTSD; Being a primary care provider - WHO and WONCA call for comments; October BEACH Publications; ProSecure Income Replacement Plan for the AMA.


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News for Practice Staff

Practice Managers and Practice Nurses final network event

See under CPD – Data Quality and the eHealth Challenge.


Diabetes Workshop

Thursday October 31st 9am – 4pm at General Practice Victoria, 4th Floor Meeting Room, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton. For nurses working in primary care or interested health professionals. Click here for more information and registration.


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Women’s Health

Multiple Pregnancy Information Evening

An informal evening for parents expecting more than one baby: Incidence and type of twins; Multiple Pregnancy - Labour and birth; Prematurity; Breastfeeding twins or more; AMBA information.

Thursday 31 October 6-8pm at Level 3, seminar room 1 L, Mercy Hospital for Women, 163 Studley Road, Heidelberg. Cost: $35 per couple- 50% reduction available for HCC holders. Bookings essential - to confirm a place, phone Parent Education on 8458 4152. All interested families are welcome and do not have to be booked to birth at Mercy Hospital for Women.


Seminar on Pregnancy and Neonatal Issues

The Royal Children’s Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital are hosting a seminar for GPs, shared maternity care affiliates, community nurses and midwives on Saturday 9th November 9am–1pm at The Royal Children’s Hospital Ella Latham Theatre. To register for the seminar, please visit: Presentations will include vaccine preventable diseases related to pregnancy, the foetus and neonates; vulnerable parent/infant relationships; and common presentations in the first 6 weeks of life. Contact Sita Vij at  


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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

Craigieburn - GP's needed for brand new medical centre in large new shopping complex. F/T or P/T. Great modern facilities and support. Nursing, on site Pathology and Allied Health services. Contact Leanne on 0407 528 288 or


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,


Ivanhoe Medical Clinic - Opportunity for Part Time VR GP to join the Ivanhoe Medical Clinic. 3-5 sessions and 1 in 8 Sat/Sun mornings. Modern, 11 GPs, supportive colleagues & full time nurses, flexible, friendly, no A/Hs, good remuneration. Contact :- Dr.Stephen D Smith or Dr David Doig on 9499 1245.


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:


Rosanna Medical Centre - Doctor owner retiring. Long standing, accredited, computerised practice requires new owner. Please call 9435 1191 for details.


Practice staff

Bundoora - Experienced medial receptionist required for a busy medial practice.  Knowledge of  Practice 2000 and Medical Director would be an advantage. Hours Mon - Thurs 4.00pm – finish (approx 8.30pm) and Friday 10.00am-6.00pm. Email


Heidelberg West - A secretory/receptionist with typing skills required for modern, brand new rooms for a gastroenterologist in Bellfield. Enquiries and CV/Resume send to


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


Positions wanted

Medical receptionist - seeking full time employment. With 25 years experience in Customer Service and 13 years in the Medical Sector. Multi-tasking skills and a can do attitude, experienced with Mediflex, Medical Director, Prac Soft, Word and Excel. Available to start work immediately, please contact Dora Saratsiotis via email or mobile:  0418 188 815.


Medical receptionist - looking for work. With 20 years customer service experience in current employment as a Personal Banker at Westpac. Recently completed Certificate III in Business Administration Medical at NMIT Preston. Please contact Micki Ewing on 0434 382 342.


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More Glorious Insults

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” - Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill. "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho


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And remember


            … There’s a fine line between boredom and hunger.