North East Valley DGP eNews

No 38, October 30, 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:

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Victorian Immunisation Schedule Web App for your smart phone or tablet         

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News    

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter, Wound Care Update

Women’s Health                                  Breast Cancer Update         

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


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.


Diagnosing a seizure

ThinkGP presents this second video in a three part series developed for Epilepsy Action Australia. In this video neurologist Dr Denis Crimmins discusses the importance of the identification of the type of seizure and how this guides the investigation and management of epilepsy. This online epilepsy program has been developed to improve referral pathways and support primary healthcare professionals in managing patients with epilepsy.


Promoting LungGevity

Lung Cancer Forum for Primary Care Practitioners. An update on prevention, early detection, treatment and long-term effects for GPs and other health professionals.

Saturday 16th November 9am-12.15pm Registrations from 8.30am at  ONJ 5A & B, Level 5 - Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre, The Austin Hospital, 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg. RSVP to CCV Clinical Network by Friday 8th November 2013. Phone - 03 9635 5174 or


Surgical Skills Workshop

Saturday 30 November 8.30am – 5pm at Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc, Level 1/ 80 Drummond St, Carlton. Click here for more information and registration.


Clinical Vaccinology Update

Monday 2nd December 8.30am-3.30pm at SPOT Basement Theatre, Carlton. See here for more information and registration.


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Victorian Immunisation Schedule Web App for your smart phone or tablet

The Immunisation Section of department of Health would like to congratulate Professor Mike South, from the Royal Children's Hospital, for creating a Victorian immunisation schedule App. This App is ideal for health care providers who need to keep up to date with the ever changing immunisation schedule.
The App is very interactive and has links to the special information for each vaccine, both background material and short reminders of things you must know when prescribing each vaccine. The App presents the Victorian Schedule but this is very similar to the schedule in all other states because of the work of the National Immunisation Schedule Program. The App provides links to the individual schedules for all other states.
You can get the app onto your smartphone in a couple of ways.

·         Open this e-mail on your phone and click here

·         Scan the QR code (you will need a QR code scanner app on your phone - I use QRafter)
Then follow the usual method to add the app to your home screen.
For iPhone iPad etc look here
For Android look here
There is a link on the Gen Med Clinical Resources page at: - Look under I – Immunisation app
Professor South acknowledges the RCH Immunisation Team and the Immunisation Section, Victorian Department of Health for additional content advice for the App.


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Information Management

This week’s MD problem - How to increase the size of type in Progress Notes

Question:  I want the type in Progress Notes a little bigger as my eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be. How do I do this?

Answer: You need to change one of the Options.

1.      From the Tools menu select Options and then click on the Progress Notes tab

2.      You will see the default Progress Notes default of Arial point size 10.

3.      Simply change the point size to 12, or 14 depending on the level of your failing eyesight (or get some new prescription spectacles).


Best Practice problem - Changing point size in Progress Notes

Question:  I want the type in Progress Notes a little bigger as my eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be. How do I do this?

Answer: Unlike MD there seems to be no Options or Preferences to change the default print size of your Progress Notes, so it appears that each time you select Today’s notes the first thing to do is change the point size to 12, or 14 depending on the level of your failing eyesight (or get some new prescription spectacles).

Please let me know if there is a way of changing the default point size in Today’s notes.


General Computer Tip - Adding Filename and path to a Footer

For document tracking purposes it is a very good idea to include a footer that contains the Filename and path. In this way you are less likely to “lose” documents.

  1. Double click in the Footnote area of your document (or go to the Insert menu and click on the Footer button and choose Blank).
  2. Click on the Quick Parts button in the Ribbon and select Field.
  3. Scroll through the list and click once on Filename and add a tick to Add path to filename as shown below.

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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Non-contact care costs GPs $15,000; AMA calls for Parliamentary Inquiry into alcohol advertising and promotion; AMA President talks to 2GB about alcohol advertising; Junior doctors and medical students urge action on national medical training plan; Labor keeps experience in the shadow health portfolio; GPs and sexual harassment - observing the boundaries; UK GPs prefer their independence; New AMA Fees List Issued; MERS Coronavirus situation update.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

Click here for the latest newsletter.


Wound Care Update

Tuesday 12th November 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (9:15 am Registration) at General Practice Victoria, 4th Floor, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton. RSVP by Friday, 01 November. Presented by Jan Rice. See here.


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Women’s Health

Breast Cancer Update

Follow up care for women with early breast cancer - For GPs and Practice Nurses Learning objectives: By the end of the seminar, GPs and Practice Nurses will be able to understand the principles of shared follow up care in relation to early breast cancer, the role of the GP as part of the shared follow up care team, the indications for Rapid Access Request, confidently perform breast clinical examination and review, access information and resources from appropriate locations and refer to appropriate breast services and supports as required. Venue Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Hospital. For more information see here. 


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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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Signs that you have grown up

Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.

You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

6am is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

You hear your favourite song in a shopping centre.

You watch the ABC.

Your friends marry & divorce instead of "hook up" and "break-up."

Jeans and a T shirt no longer qualify as "dressed up."

When you find out your friend is pregnant you congratulate them instead of asking "Oh S*$# What Happened?"


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And remember


            … The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.