North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1406: March 12, 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:

Chronic Disease Management            Carbohydrate Counting Workshop for Dietitians and Diabetes Nurse Educators, Diabetes Consultations in the Spotlight: A masterclass for health professionals, Diabetes Beyond the Horizon, Diabetes food myth

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) changes name but keeps acronym

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  New RACGP-approved patient feedback survey provider, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       APNA CPD, Fundamentals of HIV & Sexual Health

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


Chronic Disease Management

Carbohydrate Counting Workshop for Dietitians and Diabetes Nurse Educators

This half day workshop is designed to provide dietitians and diabetes educators with practical skills in estimating the quantity of carbohydrate in various foods and applying this information to their client education. Practical exercises will include calculating carbohydrate in cooked and raw foods using a variety of techniques including food models and the analysis of food labels.

$80 DA–Vic Members / $95 Non-members. Places are limited to 12 for each workshop - morning tea provided.

Thursday, 03 April, 9am – 1pm at Diabetes Australia–Vic , 570 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Contact: Please call 03 9667 1728. For more information and to register click here


Diabetes Consultations in the Spotlight: A masterclass for health professionals

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes invites diabetes health professionals to attend an inspiring masterclass in Melbourne on the 15th of April. If you would like to be inspired to greater success and satisfaction in promoting and supporting self-care, motivation and behaviour change in consultations with people with diabetes, then this event is for you!

Tuesday 15th April, 10.30am-4pm at Deakin City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Fees: $150 early bird (until 15 March 2014), $200 thereafter (until 10 April 2014)

To register: Contact: Jennifer Halliday on 03 8648 1846 or email


Diabetes Beyond the Horizon

DA–Vic, in partnership with Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, is again hosting this key educational event for diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and diabetes health professionals in 2014.

Friday 16 May at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf. Further more information and to register click here.


Diabetes food myth - People with diabetes need to follow a special diet

Truth: There is no such thing as a special diet for people with diabetes. Healthy eating is the same for all people. Eat foods that are high in fibre, and low in saturated fat, added sugars and salt. Include some wholegrain breads, cereals and grains, plenty of vegetables and legumes, fresh fruit, low fat dairy, lean meats and alternatives and drink water.  It is recommended that everyone who is diagnosed with diabetes see an Accredited Practising Dietitian for dietary advice that is specific to their lifestyle. For information about making healthy food choices, see our fact sheet.


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Continuing Professional Development

Osteoporosis – early detection, fracture prevention and treatment in primary practice

Osteoporosis is a major, yet under-diagnosed, cause of disability in Australia. It usually has no symptoms until a fracture occurs – and is often called the ‘silent disease’.
This week you are invited to participate in this new ThinkGP education activity. Developed in partnership with Osteoporosis Australia, the education aims to provide guidance on osteoporosis and fracture management. It will help you reduce the impact and risk of osteoporosis and minimal trauma fractures in your patients. The activity discusses major risk-factors for osteoporosis, and different cases in which pharmacological therapy for osteoporosis would be recommended.

APPN Webinar - Blood Gas, the basics. It's not that hard! 

Tuesday 18th March with Prof. Hugh Grantham. Online - Registration is now open! 

To register (FREE), visit: (Please sign in to access the webinar registration - blue button).

For registration enquiries, please contact: APPN 08 8201 7843 or Email:


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Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) changes name but keeps acronym

The group's new name, Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, came into effect on 7 March following an order by the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT). NSW Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres said it was important the group was upfront about its stance and that the new name helped clarify its views. "I am pleased to see the association has adopted a name which reflects its purpose, given its overwhelming focus on the publication of anti-vaccination messages and information," he said in a statement. For full story see here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Changes to Printing Correspondence (MD 3.15)

1.      Correspondence items printed via the Print icon or Control + P shortcut now print to the Letter printer as configured in Tools >Print Options.

2.      Clicking the arrowhead button next to the Print button and selecting Print to allows you to select from your list of printers


Right clicking on any of the items in the Correspondence menus gives you a list of options as shown below.

This week’s MD problem - Do I need the Correspondence section

Question: I know that the Correspondence tab displays all my documents from Letters, Documents, and Results. But I can go to Letters, Documents and Results to check, so why is the Corresondence tab necessary?

Answer: Some people like to see all their documents in one place but if you find it unnecessary (as I do), you remove it. This is done by:

1.      Have the Main screen open (no patient record open)

2.      From Tools select Options

3.      Click on the Clinical tab and remove the tick from Show Correspondence page

Best Practice Tip - Using “Another” when recording “Reason for visit”

Patients often present with more than one reason for attending. Create the first Reason for visit and then click on the Another button to add second and subsequent reasons. The final prescribing screen also has the Another button.

The Another button can also be used to create a second account and prescribe additional medications

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Items of Interest

New RACGP-approved patient feedback survey provider

The RACGP recently approved a third provider of a patient feedback survey tool. Press Ganey Associates joins CFEP and InSync Surveys (which now incorporates UltraFeedback) in offering practices an option to obtain a validated patient feedback questionnaire as part of meeting Criterion 2.1.2. As most practices would be aware, to be deemed compliant under the 4th Edition of the Standards, practices must use a College-approved survey tool to collect feedback from their patients.


GP Network News

This week’s edition is available here.


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News for Practice Staff


See here for upcoming APNA CPD events.


Fundamentals of HIV & Sexual Health - Expanding the Scope of Primary Health Care Nurses

Wednesday, 19 March 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at NHV (formerly GPV) Offices, Level 4, 458 Swanston Street, Carlton

Delivered in partnership by NHV and ASHM, this course is designed for Primary Health Care Nurses whose patients have, or are at risk of, blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). It will provide nurses with the introductory practice skills and knowledge to

To register, please click here.  For more information see FLYER .


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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


Greensborough Road Surgery is currently seeking a Full-Time GP, approx 8 sessions pw. A position is available for an enthusiastic GP to join our team in a modern, well-equipped 10-doctor practice, offering high-quality care in an experienced and supportive environment. Private billing, computerised, 2.5 full-time nurses, (clinical CVC, and CDM.)  Contact Ann McCormack (03) 9435 0711 or email or see


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:


Practice Staff

Macleod - Medical Receptionist position available on casual basis. The position includes general reception, administration and cleaning duties.  Currently requires one-two sessions per week. Knowledge in PracSoft and Medical Director are essential. Please contact Lynette on 9459 8329 or fax your CV on 9459 8328.

Northcote - Division 1 Nurse. An old, established, solo, fully computerised practice with warm and friendly atmosphere is seeking a Division 1 Nurse to work Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm - total 12 hours.

Salary: Award Rates. Contact details: Neelam Berera on 0411 196 940 (mobile).


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Did you know...


...if you multiply 259 by your age x 39 you get an interesting result.


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And remember


            There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.