North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1407: March 19, 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                                                What's Happening at the NMML?   

Chronic Disease Management            Carbohydrate counting workshop for people with type 2 diabetes using insulin, Diabetes Food Myth - People with diabetes need to avoid or reduce carbohydrates

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  GP Network News

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              




There are a large number of rumours circulating in the general practice community concerning recent events at the NMML. The only thing that seems clear is that one or more of the senior personnel (including the CEO) are not in attendance at the NMML office. We understand from a number of sources, that the Medical press has contacted a number of individuals including former staff members, in an attempt to clarify what is happening, and their inquiries have included several references to the involvement of FAIRWORK Australia. As we indicated last week an acting CEO has been appointed, and this is the only concrete information we have.

As a founding member of the NMML, we feel it is incumbent on the NMML Board to clarify immediately for the membership and their constituency just WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE NORTHERN MELBOURNE MEDICARE LOCAL.

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Chronic Disease Management

Carbohydrate counting workshop for people with type 2 diabetes using insulin

Carbohydrate counting is an essential part of managing type 2 diabetes, especially for people who are also on insulin. Often, people with type 2 diabetes need to eat a consistent amount of carbohydrate at each of their meals and snacks to better manage their BGLs. Knowing how to count the amount of carbohydrate consumed can help with this.

This is a hands-on half day workshop delivered by our experienced dietitians and is for:

·         people with type 2 diabetes aged 18 years and over, and

·         currently using insulin

Note:  this workshop does not cover insulin dose adjustments for individuals.

For registration and more information see here.


Diabetes Food Myth - People with diabetes need to avoid or reduce carbohydrates

Truth: Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of fuel and our brain relies on carbohydrate to function well. Wholegrain carbohydrates are also an important source of fibre, B-group vitamins and other minerals, so they need to be included to ensure a balanced nutrient intake. To help manage blood glucose levels, it is recommended to choose carbohydrates that are high in fibre and have a lower glycemic index (GI) and consider portion sizes.  Everyone’s needs are different, if you have a patient who would prefer to eat a lower carbohydrate diet, refer them to an Accredited Practising Dietitian to ensure their diet is still otherwise complete.

For more information about carbohydrate and the glycaemic index, see our fact sheet.


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Continuing Professional Development

Key Features in Managing STIs - STI Testing Tool

With the past decade seeing rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) increasing in Australia, this piece of ThinkGP education discusses how to approach the discussion around safe sexual practice with your patients. 
The module looks at STI and HIV risk, encouraging increased testing in practices and identifies patient populations at a higher risk of contracting STIs. A wide range of case studies examine ways of approaching STI and HIV testing and treatment and promoting safe sexual practice using the NSW STIPU STI Testing Tool.
Click here to complete the module.


Surgical Office Skills (SOS) for GPs

Wednesday 23 April (1pm to 8pm).  Further details are available here.

This 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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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Changing the location of a Correspondence item

In the past, the handling of documents was a little messy, for example with Letters ending up in the Results section.

You can now move documents from one Correspondence section to another by using the Move Location button. By right clicking on a document you can also utilise the Move Location… function.

This allows you to tidy up your correspondence so that Letters is used for correspondence out, Documents for correspondence in and Results for results. Also if someone has misfiled a document this is easily rectified by using the Move Location option.


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Items of Interest

GP Network News

This week’s edition is available here.


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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


Carlton - Full Time/Part Time VR GPs wanted (flexible hours). We are a group of female medical practitioners running a high-quality, family-orientated general practice, with a practice manager, practice nurse and allied health personnel onsite (podiatrist, dietitian, psychologist and women's physio) plus on-site pathology. The practice is fully computerised and accredited.


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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The Good Samaritan

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"

A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw up."


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And remember


            … Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.