North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1405: March 5, 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                                                DIVISION WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF ACTING NMML CEO          

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetes Australia – Vic - Type 1 in the City event

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Busting Anti-Vaccine Myths

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Health Alerts, New Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        Men’s Health GP Education Symposium

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor


Several sources have now confirmed that an “Acting CEO” has been appointed by the Board of the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local (NMML). We understand that Rod Wilson formerly the CEO of Inner East Community Health has been appointed to this position. Independent sources have advised us that Rod had excellent relationships with general practices and GPs in his area, and was a strong supporter of Medicare. We assume that the NMML Board will make some form of official statement confirming this sudden turn of events and advising its members of future leadership arrangements. We are delighted to welcome Rod to this new role.


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Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes Australia – Vic - Type 1 in the City event

Your child, preschool, school and type 1 diabetes - The first Type 1 in the City event for 2014 is for parents and guardians of children with type 1 diabetes. The event will provide information on how parents and guardians can continue to best support their child with type 1 diabetes at preschool or school. Speakers include a credentialled diabetes nurse educator, social worker and a primary school teacher.

Saturday 22 March 9.30am – 3pm at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), Charles Latrobe Theatre, Ground floor, Grattan Street, Melbourne. Cost: Free

For enquiries please contact Kim Henshaw on 5249 0703 or To register call 1300 136 588. Places are limited.


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Continuing Professional Development

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Workshop

Thursday 6th March 9.30am -11.30am at 2/240 Chapel Street, Prahran. Cost: $50 for a 2hr presentation. To register click here.


Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsy

It is currently estimated that 800,000 people in Australia will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their life. This four-part education series explores the diagnosis and management of epilepsy in general practice. The activities examine the major risks and effects of epilepsy across a range of different patient groups, and considers the intricacies of diagnosis and classification of seizure disorders and the implementation of one or more pharmacological management strategies in the handling of epilepsy medication. Click here to access the content produced by ThinkGP in partnership with Epilepsy Action Australia.

Surgical Skills Updates for GPs

Hands on workshop - At RACS skills lab.

From lumps and bumps, digital blocks, excisions and suturings to wedge resection, an update on clinical and surgical skills. 

There are currently two courses scheduled for March and April: additional courses later.

·         Minor Surgery for GPs on Saturday:  22 March and Sunday 23 March.  Further details are available here. Includes haemorrhoids , eyes, fracture management and joints.

·         Surgical Office Skills (SOS) for GPs: Wednesday 23 April (1pm to 8pm).  Further details are available here.

The mid-week Surgical Office Skills for GP course is designed and conducted by Associate Prof Maurice Brygel, Director of the Melbourne Hernia Clinic.  Pre-reading material is available online.

For more information, including costs and registration, phone 03 9525 9077 or email or


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Busting Anti-Vaccine Myths

100 Sites on the Real Science of Immunization here. The list includes NCIRS among other international organizations, local coalitions, scholarly publications and reliable blogs disseminating real, science-backed information about vaccines.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Changes to filtering options in Correspondence (MD 3.15)

Previous to Version 3.15 of MD a filtered column was indicated by a microscopic asterisk (*) which caused some degree of confusion (where the #$&% is it?). A sorted column was indicated by a backward or forward slash (/ or \), again very hard to see.

Version 3.15 provides a welcome solution to these problems:

·         when a column is filtered, the column heading changes to a dark grey background

·         when a column is sorted (either alphabetically, or by date) the column heading has an arrowhead pointing upwards or downwards (see example below where Date Requested has a dark grey background and the Sort arrowhead is pointing up. The Location column has neither a filter or sort applied)

Please note:

1.      Filters applied to Correspondence records are cleared once a patient record is closed. You can save a filter by right clicking on the column heading and selecting Save Current Filters (see below).

Saved filters are per logged in practitioner and are applied to all patients after the filter has been applied and saved, unless cleared manually.


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Items of Interest

Health Alerts

Salmonellosis and Raw Eggs

The Department of Health and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) are investigating two outbreaks of Salmonellosis linked to undercooked or raw-egg products made from eggs sourced from a western Victorian supplier, Green Eggs. See here for full alert.

Measles in returned travellers

The Victorian Department of Health is reminding GPs to be alert for measles in patients presenting with rash and fever, particularly following recent travel to Asia.
For more information, please click here.

New Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)

From 12 March 2014, the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) will replace the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles and will apply to organisations, and Australian Government (and Norfolk Island Government) agencies.

Practices will need to consider if their Policy and Procedure Manuals need to be amended to reflect the changes.

The two documents to read are:

·         The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 amends the Privacy Act 1988 - Privacy fact sheet 17: Australian Privacy Principles (web version)

·         The Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) will replace the National Privacy Principles and the Information Privacy Principles ... Privacy fact sheet 17 - Australian Privacy Principles (pdf version)


GP Network News

This week’s edition is available here.


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Men’s Health

Men’s Health GP Education Symposium

Saturday 12 April 8.30 – 5pm at the Patricia Peck Education and Research Precinct, 154 Wattletree Road, Malvern. Visit the website or see here for program


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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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Aussie Exercise Block – Instructions

1.      Place block of wood on the floor

2.      Walk around it twice

3.      Now sit down and relax and say: “I’ve just walked round the block twice”.

Walking exercise

1.      Get a dog and give it the name “Tenkay

2.      Walk to the gate and back and tell everyone you have walked 10 K today.


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And remember


            … If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?