North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1342: November 27, 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                                                A Word from the Editor       

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT), Vascular Ultrasound Specialists (VUS), SunSmart app for iPad, GP Network News - New reports confirm key role of GPs as leaders in primary care

Mental Health                                      Beyond babyblues

News for Practice Staff                       Nurse scholarships   

Women’s Health                                  Cervical Cancer Prevention Clinical Audit  

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

AGM 2013 - An Outstanding Success - thank you to all who attended

Nearly 100 people attended the NEV 20th Anniversary AGM last Wednesday night. A special  guest was Mrs Shirley Curry and her son Peter, representing our much loved and respected former Chair and founder of the division, Dr Rob Currie, who passed away three years ago.


Many members present were keen to establish a FIGHTING FUND to ensure the Division’s survival for another 20 years.


Major Milestones in the Division's evolution since 1993 were recalled by chairman, Dr Peter Eizenberg who listed in roughly chronological order the long list of successes over the past 20 years. This impressive list can be found here for those of you unable to attend on the evening. Peter concluded his remarks by emphasizing the vital role that you the members, had played in this journey.


I think it would be fair to say that the Division has distinguished itself relative to all Australian Divisions over the past 20 years. It has been recognized by governments both Federal & State as a leading innovator in program implementation, primary care networking, quality governance & financial accountability.


BUT, MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY from our (The Board's & staff’s) perspective is the fact that we have gained the confidence and support of GPs and their staff, and we have achieved a level of engagement with our general practice community envied by our former colleagues.


MOST IMPORTANTLY, we have never seen ourselves as anything more than a support organization for general practice. Always acknowledging the reservoir of knowledge, skills and dedication of our members and their staff. We have always tried to offer practical advice and support when requested, answer the phone in no more than 3 rings, and always get back to people when promised. We have implemented government programs in a user friendly non bureaucratic way.


NONE of this would have been possible without a talented and dedicated staff, ¾ of whom have been with the Division for 12 years plus, many for significantly more. It was a workplace that none ever wanted to leave.


THE FUTURE of general practice support is now largely out of our hands. But, with your support and encouragement we will continue to provide those services that you value most as long as we financially can.




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Continuing Professional Development

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.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Better recording of Family and Social History

Here are 3 hints to make your Fx and Sx more accurate:

1.      Family and Social History items should be dated so that other clinicians know when the questions were asked or when particular events occurred

2.      Use of “Reviewed plus date” to clarify when the questions were asked

3.      If there is no significant family and social histories this should be recorded and dated when the entry is made, e.g. “Nil – 5/2/2013” or “No significant Fx


Best Practice Tip - Better recording of Family and Social History

See under MD tip


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Items of Interest

Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT)

The RACGP’s online Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) has been developed to assist general practices to better prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of emergencies and pandemics.

The ERPT is a practical tool that guides you through a series of planning templates, where critical information about your practice can be entered and saved. This information will be used to create an emergency response plan which is individually tailored to your general practice. Your customized emergency response plan can be saved online and/or printed as a hard copy resource.

You have to create an account but the tool is free.


Vascular Ultrasound Specialists (VUS)

Located in Epping and Heidelberg, providing expert vascular ultrasound and exercise testing to The Northern Hospital Vascular Outpatients and to the patients from GPs, Vascular Surgeons and other Specialists throughout the North East Valley. Bulk billing services are provided by specialist vascular sonographers under the guidance of experienced Vascular Surgeons. An electronic referral can be downloaded here from the NEVDGP website. All appointments to Ph 9408 3878, Fax 9408 0801, email


SunSmart app for iPad

SunSmart is delighted to announce that our free smartphone app is now available for iPad devices.

The iPad app provides an excellent learning tool for health professionals to demonstrate how to adopt a balanced approach to sun protection. It includes a vitamin D tracker tool that allows GPs to examine their patients’ sun exposure patterns, a sunscreen calculator tool, a 7 day weather forecast, daily sun protection times and alerts, and real time UV levels at your location.

For a step by step guide, watch this short video. For more information and resources for health professionals, visit


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: New reports confirm key role of GPs as leaders in primary care; Responsible prescribing of antibiotics; Double billing or appropriate billing?


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Mental Health

Beyond babyblues: Detecting and managing perinatal mental health disorders in primary care

This week is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week. Primary healthcare professionals play a vital role in supporting women and families experiencing depression during pregnancy or postnatally.
Update your knowledge and complete you Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) with this ThinkGP module Beyond babyblues: Detecting and managing perinatal mental health disorders in primary care. The activity focuses on screening and further assessment of women in the perinatal period for possible depression and/or anxiety. 


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News for Practice Staff

Nurse scholarships

PapScreen Victoria is offering financial assistance for Victorian Registered Nurses (Division 1) to become cervical screening providers.

·         Deadline for applications is Friday 20 December 2013

·         Successful applicants are required to commence an accredited Pap test provider training course in 2014

For more information please refer to the Nurse Scholarship Guidelines 2014

To apply, please complete the Nurse Scholarship Application Form 2014

For enquiries please contact Kirsten Hausknecht on 03 9635 5403 or


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Women’s Health

Cervical Cancer Prevention Clinical Audit

GET YOUR 40 POINTS! FINAL REMINDER! If you have been participating in the PapScreen Victoria Cervical Cancer Prevention Clinical Audit, this is the final reminder that you MUST complete the audit and have all paperwork submitted by 13 December 2013 to be accredited with RACGP / APNA. (RACGP for 40 Category 1 points /APNA for 16 CPD hours/ACRRM 30 PRPD points). 

Participants who complete the activity will go into the draw to win one of three brand new Apple iPads!

This is the last chance to gain CPD points in the last year of the triennium! For more information, please contact Harriet Wynne at PapScreen Victoria on or phone (03) 9635-5024.


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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


Glen Katherine Medical Clinic - Part time receptionist/ pathology collector required, 3 morning shifts including Saturday mornings in St Helena. Please phone Krysia, Practice Manager on 9432 7733, or fax resume to

9432 7937.


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


GP looking for position in After-hours clinic, Super clinic or Area of need/DWS. Experienced in Women’s health issues (Obstetric Gynaecology), skin cancer, mental health, general medicine and science for more than 5 years. Contact Dr. Dian Tirza on 0430 98 46 17.


Practice staff

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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A man doing market research for the Vaseline Company knocked at the door and was greeted by a young woman with three small children running around at her feet.
"I'm doing some research for Vaseline.  Have you ever used the product?"
 She said, "Yes. My husband and I use it all the time."
"If you don't mind my asking," he said, "what do you use it for?"
"We use it for sex," she said.
The researcher was a little taken aback. "Usually people lie to me and say they use it on a child's bicycle chain or to help with a gate hinge. But, in fact, I know that most people do use it for sex. I admire you for your honesty. Since you've been so frank so far, can you tell me exactly HOW you use it for sex?"

The woman said, "I don't mind telling you at all. My husband and I put it on the doorknob and it keeps the kids out."

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And remember


            Behind the rise of a successful man is a woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.