North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1341: November 20, 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   

HMR                                                      Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (HPPP) Project

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  eHealth Impact Assessment, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       Marg Jennings newsletter   

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.


Antiepileptic medication management

This week ThinkGP presents the final video in a three part series developed for Epilepsy Action Australia. This online epilepsy program has been developed to improve referral pathways and support primary healthcare professionals in managing patients with epilepsy. In this video Antiepileptic medication management neurologist Dr Dan McLaughlin discusses the indications and role of medications in epilepsy, especially with regards to the indications for using a drug class and the potential interactions and side effects.


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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Home Medicines Review

Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (HPPP) Project

The final report of Health Workforce Australia’s HPPP has been published on the HWA website.
The HPPP sets out five steps to safe and competent prescribing by all health professionals, including pharmacists.
The report notes that, while prescribing by health professionals other than doctors is an established practice both within Australia and overseas, the practice of prescribing by health professionals in Australia has progressed in the absence of a nationally recognised framework.
This has resulted, says the HWA report, in inconsistent approaches to key aspects of education, practitioner competence and prescribing practices, and has resulted in a reduction the level of confidence of consumers, health professionals and regulators in the provision of safe and effective models of prescribing that meet the needs of the Australian community.
The HPPP sets out five steps to safe and competent prescribing by health professionals:
1. Complete education and training.
2. Obtain recognition from the National Board of competence to prescribe.
3. Ensure authorisation to prescribe.
4. Prescribe medicines within scope of practice.
5. Maintain and enhance competence to prescribe.
This report details the components of the Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway and lays out a number of high level recommendations for its implementation.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Switching between clinical screen and the LetterWriter screen

This is a much loved hint so it is worth repeating.

When in LetterWriter you may wish to return to the patient’s clinical record to check on certain information. There are slow ways of doing this but by far the quickest is:

1.      When in LetterWriter press Control + Tab – this switches you back to the full size clinical screen. Use as you normally would and even Copy information to paste once back in LetteerWriter.

2.      Pressing Control + Tab again, gets you back into LetterWriter.


This week’s MD problem - TAC templates

Question:  I notice on your website that the TAC certificates dated 2011 are “under construction – coming soon”. Where are they?

Answer: Whoops – never did get round to it. Sorry. However you can find them in the Supplied templates of MD. I will edit the website to update the information.

1.      Open LetterWriter and from the File menu select New.

2.      Click on the Supplied tab and scroll down til you find the two TAC templates dated August 2012 – double click to open.

Note: If you wish to have these placed in your User Defined templates, do the following:

1.      Open LetterWriter and from the File menu select Modify Template...

2.      Click on the Supplied tab and scroll down til you find the two TAC templates dated August 2012 – double click to open.

3.      Open the first one and when it appears on the screen go to the File menu and select Save as template... Give the template a meaningful name (e.g. Vic TAC initial) and click on Save.

4.      Repeat the process for the subsequent TAC template.

These templates will now be listed in the User definerd set of templates.


Best Practice Tip - Deceasing a patient

1.      From the File menu select Open patient (or click on the Open a patient record button)

2.      From the Open patient window select the patient who has died and open the record.

3.      Double click on any of the patient demographics and this will open the Edit patient window. At the bottom right of the screen you can add the date and cause of death.

4.      Click Save once the details have been added.


Best Practice problem - Victorian TAC Certificate

Question:  Where do I find the Victorian TAC certificate?

Answer: The Vic TAC Certificate (only the initial one) is found under the Supplied templates of BP.

1.      Open a New document in LetterWriter

2.      Click on the Supplied radio button and scroll down to find the “Vic – TAC Certificate”


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Items of Interest

eHealth Impact Assessment

EOI - NEHTA is looking for general practices to participate in an assessment related to eHealth systems and products, such as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), point-to-point secure messaging, and the electronic transfer of prescriptions. Participating practices will receive monetary compensation for their time. 

Please contact the Impact Assessment Team Leader – Andrew Ingersoll on 02 8298 2136 or for any queries.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Are your patients worried about taking statins? Mobile phone app - PTSD Coach Australia; Measles in Returned Travellers - advice for GPs; Join the fight against antibiotic resistance; plus more.


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News for Practice Staff

Marg Jennings newsletter

Latest newsletter from Margaret Jennings on Infection Control is 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 - 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.


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:


Practice staff

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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Terminal Illness

An English guy was very ill and his son went to visit him in the hospital. Suddenly, the father began to breathe heavily and grabbed the pen and pad by the bed. With his last ounce of strength he wrote a note, dropped it, and died. 
The son was so overcome with grief that he didn't remember slipping the note into his pocket.

At the funeral, he reached into the pocket of his coat and immediately felt the note.

He excitedly read it thinking it might be something he could recite during the service. It said: 



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And remember


            Middle age is the time in life when, after pulling in your stomach, you look as if you ought to pull in your stomach.