North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1343: December 4, 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                                                NO LOCAL GPS ON NMML BOARD, AMA call for GPs to fill in survey on experiences with your ML          

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Immunisation newsletter, Should you vaccinate your kids?

Information Management                  Data Quality and the eHealth Challenge, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Rooms for let in Fairfield, Vascular Ultrasound Specialists, GP Network News

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor


Local GPs unsuccessful in nominating

Last week’s Annual General Meeting of the NMML revealed a Medicare Local where both former full-time General Practitioner members of the Board were replaced with non-medical appointments. I use the word ‘appointments’ deliberately, as no elections were held despite there being 4 Board vacancies (nearly 50% of the Board).

Three highly reputable local GPs were interviewed (one a prior NMML Board member) all with recognized governance skills and/or previous DGP Board experience, but they were NOT successful.

Effectively, there are now no primary health practitioners on the Board, with the exception of the chair, currently “Head of the Academic Centre for General Practice and Primary Health Care” at Melbourne University, who includes a session at a non-NMML General Practice in her busy schedule.


AMA call for GPs to fill in survey on experiences with your ML

The AMA is conducting a very short survey of GPs to inform its response to the governments Medicare Local Review. Following the depth of feeling at our recent AGM, we would encourage you all to “Have your say”.

The survey offers a unique opportunity to detail your experiences with the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local (NMML) over the past 24 months. The questions are relevant and simple with a suitable range of responses. IT WON’T take more than 2 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME TO COMPLETE and will provide a formal avenue for the AMA and government to consider.

Ask all the GPs in your practice to complete this survey individually. The survey is anonymous and can be accessed here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Healthy Eating – Managing Good Nutrition

Whether you need a quick refresher on the latest dietary information or want to gain a deeper understanding of healthy eating, this accredited education activity from ThinkGP will allow you to confidently and accurately provide basic nutrition advice to your patients and clients. Also see here for a list of current education.


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Immunisation newsletter

The latest Department of Health Immunisation newsletter can be found here.


Should you vaccinate your kids?

Years in development, this slimline Penguin Special by Kaz Cooke is friendly, easy-to-read and based on solid research. Click here to order.


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Information Management

Data Quality and the eHealth Challenge

On the evening of Wednesday November 27, the NEV Division ran a very successful eHealth Information session with 50+ attendees, including representatives from two Victorian Medicare Locals who were able to provide valuable insights into how a Medicare Local is able to provide quality support in the difficult eHealth arena. The evening included presentations from Christine Chidgey from PEN Computer Systems, Judy Evans from the RACGP (Manager - Systems and Innovation) and Noel Stewart (Information Management, NEVDGP). This brings to 4, the number of eHealth Information sessions that the division has run since June 2012, not bad for an organisation that receives no funding to do this.

The evaluation feedback was very positive with an overwhelming appreciation of the support provided by the division in IM and eHealth.

The Data Quality and eHealth Challenge presentation by Noel Stewart is available on the NEVDGP website as well as the Accurate Recording of Clinical Information, a presentation by Noel Stewart at the HCN Information Session, held earlier in Dandenong on the same day.


Medical Director Tip - Improving the recording of “Reason for medication”

To achieve a 100% recording of “Reason for medication” for all medications a team meeting could discuss the pros and cons of recording “Reason for medication” for all medications. This could be achieved by forcing “Reason for medication” to be turned on:
Tools >Options >Prescribing – tick in “Reason for Medication” box
The “Reason for medication” column could be moved from the far right of the medication screen (you have to scroll across to see it) to where it is visible, so that scrolling is not necessary and being visible makes it more relevant – this would assist in retrospectively adding “Reason for medication.”


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Items of Interest

Rooms for let in Fairfield

Available from January, 2014. Session times available. Would suit Specialists, Allied services etc. Please contact Krysia, Practice Manager, on 9432 7733 for further information or fax queries to 9432 7937.


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


GP Network News

See here for this week’s edition of GP Network News.


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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


Fairfield - GP required for new clinic. Pathology and Allied services on site. Sessions available include after hours. Conditions and hours negotiable. For more information please contact Krysia Practice Manager on 9432 7733.


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


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 Smith or Dr David Doig on 9499 1245.


St Helena - GP position available for Bulk Billing clinic, sessions include after hours and Saturdays. Please contact Krysia, Practice Manager, Glen Katherine Medical Clinic on 9432 7733.


Practice staff

Bundoora - Part-time position for Practice Nurse. Fully computerised and Accredited Family Practice. Contact Rita, Mobile : 0433 155 451


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 West - A secretory/receptionist with typing skills required for modern, brand new rooms for a gastroenterologist in Bellfield. Enquiries and CV/Resume send 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 984 617.


Practice staff

Medical receptionist - seeking full time employment. 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.


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Sense of Freshness....

A while ago a fancy new supermarket opened.

It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh.

Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.

When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mowed hay.

In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with onions.

When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.

The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread and cookies.


I don't buy toilet paper there anymore.


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And remember


            When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.