North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1339: November 6, 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:

Aboriginal Health                                Building Bridges in Indigenous Health        

Aged Care                                             Physical Activity for Older People, Older Persons: The Painful Truth

Chronic Disease Management            World Diabetes Day 2013

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       Wound Care Update

Paediatrics                                           Seizure Disorders in Children and Adolescents       

Women’s Health                                  Seminar on Pregnancy and Neonatal Issues

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


Aboriginal Health

Building Bridges in Indigenous Health

National Indigenous Health Conference: 25th – 27th of November 2013 at Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Cairns

Register online here or contact us at


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Aged Care

Physical Activity for Older People

Wednesday 13th November  8.45am – 4.30pm at NARI, Building 9, Seminar Room, Gate 4, 34-54 Poplar Rd. Parkville. The National Ageing Research Institute invites health professionals who provide care to community dwelling older people to this NARI Professional Development Workshop. Click here.


Older Persons: The Painful Truth

Thursday 14th November 9am – 12:30pm at NARI, Building 9, Seminar Room, Gate 4, 34-54 Poplar Rd. Parkville. What you should know about pain in older people - The National Ageing Research Institute invites aged care professionals including nurses, allied health practitioners and GPs to this NARI Seminar. Click here.


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Chronic Disease Management

World Diabetes Day 2013

Thursday 14th November is World Diabetes Day & launch of McKellar Guidelines. For more information 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). To register click here. Contact: Irene Murphy on 0448 038 161 or  


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Search still not working properly

In August 21, 2013, we reported that the Search function of the Progress Notes was not working properly. Clicking on the Search button and typing in a key word will show Progress Notes that contain that word will be highlighted in red. - double clicking on the “red” Progress Note (or right click >Open visit) should open it.

However, 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 still has not been fixed.


This week’s MD problem - Letters no longer in date order

Question:  My Letters (the correspondence out) are no longer in date order. What have I done and how do I fix this?

Answer: You have accidentally clicked on one of the column headings (for example the Sender/Provider column heading) and this has sorted that column alphabetically. Simply click on the Date Created column heading to sort that column by date order. You will notice a tiny slash (\) in the Date Created column heading - this indicates that Letters are sorted in this column. Clicking on the Date Created column heading again will change to a forward slash (/) which is reverse date order.


Best Practice Tip - Retrospectively adding “Reason for medication”

From your current medication list scroll to the right and you will see a “Reason for medication” column. Double click in the blank area of a particular medication where no “reason” has been added. You will be presented with the “Edit Rx” dialogue box - this allows you to enter the reason – here you will have the choices of adding Add to Past History, Include in summaries, active etc. Click on Save when complete.


General Computer Tip - Converting your old 35mm slides to digital images

If, like me, you have a lot of 35mm slides in storage you can convert these to digital quite easily. There are quite a few price and quality options for converting 35 mm film and photos slides to a digital format, usually onto a memory card, thus bringing your memories into the 21st century in just seconds and costing somewhere around $100..

The best thing about these devices is they are easy to use and convert images quickly by using a high-resolution fixed camera to capture slides. This makes it possible for them to convert images much more quickly than a flatbed scanner. These compact units are great for non-professionals, and they are ideal if you have a large amount of pictures or slides to convert. Remember to use the supplied dust remover to get rid of dust/lint on your slides and inside the device itself.Simply call into your local camera shop, OfficeWorks, Harvey Norman or Dick Smith and ask!!


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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: GP MRI Items for adults - from 1 November 2013; AMA Council of General Practice meets on key GP issues; AMA talks with Health Minister; GPs supporting the community in times of emergency; Are your patients knowledgeable about their medications?; New medicines now available through the PBS; What's new in the latest Medical Journal of Australia?; AMA List of Medical Services and Fees - 1 November 2013; Medicare news; HWA conference - medical reform.


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News for Practice Staff

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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Seizure Disorders in Children and Adolescents

This ThinkGP education describes GP management of seizure disorders in children and adolescents and how GPs can support the family, and forms part of EAA’s online GP Epilepsy Education program and will complement your knowledge of epilepsy referral pathways gained from the video series.


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Women’s Health

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 click here. 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 - Mount Street Medical Centre has an opening for enthusiastic and compassionate VR GPs. Committed to providing comprehensive care to all individuals, promoting health, well-being and disease prevention. We also offer "in house" Allied Health and Specialist services. Within walking distance from the Heidelberg Station, the Austin & Mercy Hospital, local coffee shops and eateries nearby. Please contact Janina De Silva, Manager on (03) 9459 1100 or email


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 signs that you have grown up

You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.

Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.

Eating a Kebab at 3am would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.

You go to the Chemist for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.

A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff."

You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

"I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never going to drink that much again!"

90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.


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And remember


            You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.