North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1411: April 16, 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       

Chronic Disease Management           New website resource for chronic pain management, World Asthma Day Symposium

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Spinal Rehabilitation, ME Awareness Week 11 – 18 May, GP Network News

Mental Health                                      Mother Baby Unit, Mental Health Seminar

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

There will be no eNews next week.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter.


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Chronic Disease Management

New website resource for chronic pain management

GPs treating patients with chronic pain might like to make use of a new website which aims to empower patients and GPs with the latest scientific knowledge to understand and manage this condition. Click here.


World Asthma Day Symposium

Asthma Australia together with Asthma Foundation Vic is hosting the 2014 World Asthma Day Symposium in Melbourne on Wednesday May 7. With a wide and varied program, incorporating research and clinical updates through to practical information on device technique the day will be a valuable opportunity to meet your own professional needs. For further information click here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Key Features in Managing STIs - STI Testing Tool

With the past decade seeing rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increasing in Australia, this ThinkGP education examines 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 identifying 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 General Practitioners

Wednesday 23rd April 1-8 p.m. 40 category 1 points. This course is designed for GPs who would like to update and refresh their clinical and Surgical Office Skills - from basic Local Anaesthetic techniques to simple or even more advanced procedures ranging from - drainage of an abscess to wedge resection of a toenail. Further details are available here.

Designed by A/Prof Maurice Brygel, Director of the Melbourne Hernia Clinic and conducted together with surgical colleagues.  See and for more information or contact or 03 9525 9077.


Early Breast Cancer – A Multidisciplinary approach

Tuesday 29 April 6.30pm - 8.00pm at Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Hospital.

An education event for General Practitioners and Practice Nurses. Presenters include: Ms Kathryn Wallace (Share Care), Ms Caroline Baker (Director Breast Unit, Austin Health), Dr Elgene Lim (Medical Oncologist) and more. Further information and registration here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Ceasing medications and adding a reason for doing so

When deleting or ceasing a medication you should be prompted to give a Reason for Deletion / Cessation. If this does not happen, it means that the option to do so has been turned off in Tools >Options >Prescribing > Reason for deletion / cessation.

This should really be turned on so at least you have the choice in putting in a reason. When prompted to put in a Reason for deletion / cessation, you can leave it blank, although this isn’t recommended.

Provided you have put in a reason for deletion you have the Ceased medications...  list under the Clinical menu which lists the Drug name, Strength, Date ceased and Reason (for cessation).


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Items of Interest

Spinal Rehabilitation

This service is to assist spinal cord injured patients to integrate back into the community once their inpatient Spinal Rehabilitation at the Royal Talbot or Caulfield Hospital has been completed. The SCIS team is multi-disciplinary (including Occupational Therapists, Community Spinal Nurses, a Physiotherapist, an Exercise Physiologist, Leisure Specialists, a Mental Health Nurse, Peer Support workers, a Builder, Vocational Consultants) and provides information and education to all stakeholders (clients, regional allied health teams, GP, family, employer etc).

There is a Rehabilitation Physician working within SCIS, and her role is to liaise with GPs and ensure they are provided with useful information at the time of patient discharge, and to provide ongoing education or assistance where it is required. She is happy to provide resources in relation to common issues for patients with spinal cord injury (such as spasticity, bladder, bowel, sexual health management). This can be provided electronically to any GP (or GP registrar) that is interested in spinal cord injury. For assistance, please contact Dr Caroline McFarlane email


ME Awareness Week 11 – 18 May

M.E stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (aka ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’). It”s a complex, multi system, neuroimmune condition with a multitude of symptoms related to the dysfunction of the brain, gastro-intestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. To raise awareness about ME, GPs are encouraged to utilise resources including posters and fact sheets for your waiting room as well as a range of professional development opportunities and self-help for patients. Further information here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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Mental Health

Mother Baby Unit

The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond is pleased to announce they have opened a 12 bed Mother Baby Unit (MBU). The MBU offers an inpatient program for mothers who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety or adjustment in the weeks and months after childbirth. The program incorporates medical and psychological approaches through individual and group therapy introducing families to principals of mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to bring about positive change.  For Referrals/Info contact Intake on 9420 9340.


Mental Health Seminar

Saturday 31st May 8am - 3.30pm at Law Building, University of Melbourne.

No matter what population you serve in general practice you are bound to encounter mental health issues. This year’s program focuses on some of the more challenging aspects of mental illness such as anxiety in adolescence, determine suicide risk and managing the patient with OCD in general practice. See here for more information and registration.


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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:


West Heidelberg - GP wanted to join a solo GP practice, part time or full time. Please call 0435 815 187 or email


Practice Staff

Heidelberg - Mount Street Medical Centre is a private practice which has a locum nurse position available from 7th April - 18th May, 2014. 8:30am to 5:00pm, four days per week. This position will be spread between practice nurse roles as well as care co-ordination, health assessment activity & patient education. Within walking distance from the Heidelberg Station, the Austin & Mercy Hospital. To find out more and obtain a position description, please contact Janina De Silva, Operational and Business Manager on (03) 9459 1100 or email


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).


Reservoir: Summerhill Medical Centre is an established medical practice seeking F/T and/or P/T practice nurses to join support a dedicated team to provide exemplary care to patients of all ages.  Flexible hours. Salary: Negotiable based on relevant experience. Contact details:  John on 0403 178 141 or


West Heidelberg - Div 1 GP nurse wanted to join a solo GP practice. Initialy 22 hours per week. Please call 0435 815 187 or email

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Dog for Sale

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: “Talking Dog For Sale “He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. 
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there. 
“You talk?” he asks. 
“Yep,” the Lab replies. 
After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says “So, what’s your story?”
The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so... I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.” 

“I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running... But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn”t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.” 
“I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.” 
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. 
“Ten dollars,” the guy says.
“Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?” 
“Because he’s a liar.  He’s never been out of the backyard” 

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And remember


            Never trust an atom. They make up everything.