North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1402: February 13, 2014
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   

Immunisation                                       The HPV vaccine – clarification, Immunisation awards

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  NEMICS website, GP Network News

Mental Health                                      Beyond babyblues: detecting and managing perinatal mental health disorders in primary care

News for Practice Staff                       Orientation Program for Nurses New to General Practice, Immunisation in the general practice setting - LIVE NOW! Wanted: Nurse Facilitators for Education Program, Leadership in Action 2 Workshop - Presentation Skills

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Sorry about the delay for this week’s eNews – back to Wednesday next week.


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Continuing Professional Development

Weight management – evidence and practical strategies for a higher protein, low GI diet

With 3 in 5 Australian adults either overweight or obese, many of our patients could benefit from weight loss. Weight reduction through a multidisciplinary approach to diet and exercise can improve patient quality of life and result in better health.
This ThinkGP online module has been produced in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia to equip you with tools and practical strategies to achieve weight management in overweight or obese adult patients. 


Minor Surgery for General Practitioners

Saturday and Sunday, 22 & 23 March at Skills Laboratory, RACS Skills & Education Centre Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Corner of Spring Street and Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. This program aims to enhance the surgical skills required for minor surgical procedures most likely to be carried out by GPs in rural or remote settings where specialists are not readily available. Flyer & Registration.


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The HPV vaccine - clarification

In Victoria the HPV vaccine is offered in Year 9 and not offered to Year 10 male students in the secondary school program by local council.

Males 14 to 15 years of age in the community setting are eligible this year for HPV vaccine (some may be in Year 10 at school).

This link to the Victorian immunisation schedule clarifies this advice.


Immunisation awards

Sanofi Pasteur invites Australian immunisation organisations to submit innovative ideas for their chance to receive one of five $20,000 VaxiGrant awards with a bright idea in the following categories:

1.      Applying innovation in areas of low immunisation

2.      Improving collaboration within a Medicare Local to promote the NIP across multiple immunisation providers and the wider community

3.      Increasing vaccination coverage for Indigenous Australians

4.      Utilising technology to increase immunisation awareness, coverage and adverse events surveillance

5.      Increasing disease prevention for Australians traveling overseas

Healthcare organisations who want to apply for Vaxigrants must submit their application by 11 April 2014.

To submit an entry or for more information, please visit


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - MD Upgrade 3.15 – the Sidebar prompts

Over the years many MD users have been annoyed by the pop-up prompts. Version 3.15 has completely changed this so that the clinical prompts appear in the new Sidebar. They can be turned off, but this is not advised. What is advised, however, is to have a wide screen so that there is room for MD and the Sidebar widgets. A definite improvement!

You can Show/Hide the toolbar by going to the Tools menu > Sidebar >Show/Hide Sidebar.

Clicking on the “Pin” of the Sidebar reduces its size so you regain full screen access for MD. To get the Sidebar back on the screen simply click on the MD Sidebar image at the top right of the screen.


This week’s MD problem - What is a “widget”?

Question:  I notice there is all this mention of “widgets” in the 3.15 release of MD. Exactly what is a “widget”?

Answer: Widgets are applications developed to integrate with MD and are placed on the MD Sidebar. MD 3.15 come pre-installed with 3 “widgets”:

·         MD prompts

·         MD Clinical Fact Sheets (Healthcare)

·         Image Safe

New widgets will become available from time to time, some free, other by subscription and these will be able to be downloaded from the MD Sidebar.


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Items of Interest

North East Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service website

NEMICS has a brand new website! Visit for lots of new features and upcoming workshops.


GP Network News

This week’s edition is available here.


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Mental Health

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

Australian research indicates that up to one in 10 women will experience depression during pregnancy. This rate of depression increases to around one in seven women in the year following the birth of their baby. 
This week ThinkGP invites you to take part in an education module discussing the range of mental health issues that can occur during and after pregnancy, describing available psychosocial and mental health assessments and exploring various therapeutic modalities for the management of perinatal anxiety and depression.
The activity is available as an ALM or a series of 6 one hour activities and is accredited for Mental Health Skills Training.


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News for Practice Staff

Orientation Program for Nurses New to General Practice

The online Orientation Program is designed to provide a comprehensive orientation for nurses working in the general practice environment and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities required.
The cost of the course is $150 per student, it is a total of 12 modules and takes approximately 15 hours to complete.

The course outline can be found on the AML Alliance website


Immunisation in the general practice setting - LIVE NOW!
Immunisation in the general practice setting is an online learning package for primary health care nurses interested in updating their immunisation knowledge and competencies. Based on the newly released Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, the online learning course consists of six modules that cover vaccination processes, practice issues, basis of immunisation, awareness and prevention, medico-legal issues and special risk groups.
This online learning course is a flexible, self-paced learning tool that enables individuals to design their own study timetable. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. To access the course please visit Length: 6 CPD hours


Wanted: Nurse Facilitators for Education Program

The AML Alliance is seeking experienced general practice nurses to act as workshop facilitators for their Nursing in General Practice Educational Workshop Series. The topics being conducted in 2014 are: Population Health, Leadership and Change Management and Healthy Kids Check.

All costs associated with facilitation such as travel, accommodation, meals and speaker fees will be covered by AML Alliance. A list of facilitators will be provided separately to Medicare Locals.

For more information or to register your interest (to be received prior to 28 February), please contact Kerryn Young or 0458 001 953.


Leadership in Action 2 Workshop - Presentation Skills

AML Alliance will again be offering primary health care nurses, including ML staff, the opportunity to attend free workshops in each state that will build leadership skills and expertise. The first of these will focus on presentation skills. Registrations will be open online on 31 January.

7 March at Mantra Hotel, Tullamarine. Facilitator: Stuart Constable.


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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


Montmorency - GP needed to join 10 doctor busy family practice. Accredited, purpose built clinic. Fully computerized. Flexible hours. Supported by Div 1 nurses, pathology on site. No AH or on-call, excellent remuneration and support. Call Kay on 03 9435 1144 or Email:


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John Cleese's take on the current state of Europe. 

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Meanwhile, outside of Europe, Australia has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be right, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is cancelled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.


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And remember


            … How is it one careless match can start a bush fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?