North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1408: March 26, 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                                                Clinical software training – IT’S STILL FREE WITH NEV      

Aged Care                                             Understanding dementia

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetes Consultations in the Spotlight: A masterclass for health professionals

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Change to Priorix-Tetra packaging

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Australian Privacy Principles (APP), GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        Men’s Health GP Education Symposium

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Clinical software training – IT’S STILL FREE WITH NEV

We have noticed a few organisations are offering training in clinical software (mostly MD and BP) with a hefty price tag, and of an unknown quality (except for the BP training weekends at Sunshine Coast resorts that would be fantastic for BP users).

Please be aware that the North East Valley Division is still offering MD training to its members AT NO COST TO THE PRACTICE for this service. And the locally produced training materials are provided free of charge too!

Our preferred option is for groups at lunch time on a Tuesday or Wednesday but we can accommodate after hours (Monday or Tuesday) if that suits. The training is conducted by the division's IM officer, Mr Noel Stewart, who has a long history of providing quality training to GPs, PNs and PMs.


HCN has been providing some excellent free Webinars on a variety of topics and if you have missed these live you can still download them at:  You will need to log in using your personal HCN username and password. If you do not know your login details, contact HCN sales 1300 300 161.


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Aged Care

Understanding dementia

GPs with dementia patients may wish to note that the University of Tasmania is now offering its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The free 9-week course for carers, health professionals and others draws upon the latest in international research and the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. Those interested can register now for the course that begins 31 March 2014.


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Chronic Disease Management

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:  $200.

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


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Continuing Professional Development


In Australia, approximately 800,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lives.
This week ThinkGP presents a four-part education series developed for Epilepsy Action Australia. The program explores how epilepsy is diagnosed and managed in general practice. These activities examine the major risks and effects of epilepsy across a range of different patient groups. They consider the intricacies of diagnosis and classification of seizure disorders, as well as the implications of implementation of one or more pharmacological management strategies.

Inflammatory Skin Diseases Workshop

Saturday, 12 April 8.30am- 5.15pm at Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc, Level 1, 80 Drummond St, Carlton.

A one-day interactive workshop opportunity for GPs to review their skills in the examination, diagnosis and management of inflammatory disorders commonly seen in General Practice. Developed and presented by Specialist Dermatologists for GPs and GP registrars. Coordinated and facilitated by Dr Alvin Chong, Consultant Dermatologist. Click here.


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Change to Priorix-Tetra packaging

Providers will start to see a change in packaging of the single dose of Priorix-Tetra as they will be supplied without needles. Currently only the 10 packs are supplied without needles.

This will allow for individual selection of needle gauge for reconstituting and administering the vaccine.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Moving and removing columns

In any of the Correspondence columns you can move a column by clicking on the column heading, holding down the mouse button and dragging the column to the left or right to a new location.

You can “Hide” a column (i.e. remove it from view) by right clicking on the column headings and select Show/Hide Columns… You can then deselect (remove the tick) from the columns you do not want to display.

The changes you make here will not affect any other MD user. The changes are only for the logged on user, regardless of which computer he/she uses.


This week’s MD problem - Results disappearing

Question: When in a patient record and I select the Results tab I can’t see all my results. What’s going on?

Answer: The simple answer is that you Have a filter applied which restricts the number of results you can see to a certain date range. By clicking on the Filter button (of the Date Collected column, for example), you will see the filter options available to you.

Also you will see at the top of the column headings how many results are being displayed (in the case below, 0 of 10 records) with also blue text to indicate which column is filtered. You just need sharp eyes!

Best Practice Tip - BP to release exciting new update, the Summit 2014 Edition

Best Practice Software is about to release its popular GP clinical and management software, titled the Summit 2014 Edition. The ‘Sunshine’ theme was selected for this BP Summit in recognition of the bright and exciting new user features available in the latest edition.

What's new?

Integration with:

·         Tyro Payments, allowing integrated EFT and merchant Medicare transaction processing in BP;

·         Argus, for default secure message delivery; and

·         MEDrefer, for e-referral functionality between a GP and Specialist.

Additional functionality and enhancements include:

·         A new Dementia Assessment Tool

·         In-built Assisted Registration function for the PCeHR

·         Viewing of the National Prescription Dispense Repository (NPDR), to enable users to review each PCeHR registered patient’s prescription and dispense history

·         Upgrades to the standard Digital Health Library (previously known as Doctor’s Toolbox) in BP

·         eRx Express, enabling simplified script ordering

The BP user site a Summit 2014 Edition disk is currently being posted to existing registered users and should arrive this week.


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Items of Interest

Australian Privacy Principles (APP)

The RACGP has developed a Privacy Policy template for general practices for compliance with the requirements of the APP.

There is also a document designed to assist General practice to meet its legal obligations of the APP. See here.


GP Network News

Click here for this week’s edition.


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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


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. Phone 9380 4655, Email, Web


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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Being Thankful

A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, "So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?"

The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"


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And remember


            You never see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery’.