North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1414: May 14, 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:

Medicare Local Review                       Medicare Locals Found Wanting In Government Review

Aged Care                                             Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services Project Survey

Chronic Disease Management            Getting Started – an education session for people with type 2 diabetes, Diabetes food myth - People with diabetes can’t eat sweet foods, The benefits of referring your patients to an Accredited Practising Dietitian

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Continence Foundation Resources, GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        Prostate Cancer Support

Mental Health                                      Mental Health Seminar

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              



Released to the public on Monday May 12, this was a major finding of the Coalition Government’s review into Medicare Locals by Prof John Horvath. Medicare Locals should be renamed as Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) and carved up into a new national network with more hands-on involvement from GPs.




As reported by the Medical Observer May 14, 2014, the Hockey budget took up the suggestion:  “Medicare Locals to be replaced by smaller number of Primary Health Networks (PHNs) from July 2015, aligned to Local Hospital Networks”.






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Aged Care

Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services Project Survey

From mid-2014, the Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services Project will provide a dedicated national hotline for GPs and aged care providers to call for immediate access to specialist palliative care advice and information about advance care planning. The free service will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and will be complemented by a suite of web-based resources, with tablet and smart phone access, as well as training and linkage activities, so providers can obtain information where and when they need it most. To ensure the service meets the needs of general practitioners, the consortium asks that you complete an important survey on current palliative care and advance care planning arrangements in your practice. Click here for survey.


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Chronic Disease Management

Getting Started – an education session for people with type 2 diabetes

Thursday 29 May 9.30am–3pm at Diabetes Australia – Vic, 51 Leicester Street, Carlton.

Getting Started is a 5 hour group education program for people with type 2 diabetes who are newly diagnosed or have not had diabetes education in the past. Programs are run by our Diabetes Educator and Dietitian, who will provide participants with valuable information to help get them started with their diabetes management. 

Cost: Free for DA-Vic members; $15 for non-members. Spaces limited to 12 people only. Bookings are essential. Please call 1300 136 588. See here for more information.


Diabetes food myth - People with diabetes can’t eat sweet foods

Truth: Just because someone has diabetes doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on cake at a birthday party or the occasional dessert. There is still room for these foods in a balanced diet, combined with regular physical activity. These foods are best enjoyed on special occasions and in small portions.


The benefits of referring your patients to an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)

APDs are university-qualified experts in nutrition and dietetics. APDs can work with GPs to advise patients on the specific nutritional management of chronic health conditions. Some of the services that dietitians can provide include:

·         Assessing people’s nutritional needs

·         Developing personalised eating plans and nutrition guidelines

·         Educating people on diabetes management and carbohydrate counting

·         Providing information on healthy eating, shopping for food, eating out and preparing food at home

Medicare provides rebates for visits to APDs treating chronic health conditions under a care plan coordinated by a GP. Visits to private practising APDs are also covered by most private health funds.


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Continuing Professional Development

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

Osteoporosis is a major, yet undertreated, cause of disability in Australia. Developed in partnership with Osteoporosis Australia, this ThinkGP education provides guidance on osteoporosis and fracture management and offers a whole-of-life strategy - through calcium, vitamin D and exercise for bone health. Click here to complete the module.


Dementia, Driving & New Directions Forum RACGP ALM 40 points

Saturday 31 May (Registration 8.30) 9-4.30 pm at the Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road Nunawading. Alzheimer's Australia Victoria, DBMAS, The Dementia Training Study Centre & Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local invite GPs, Practice Nurses and allied health staff to an all-day education event focusing on roles & responsibilities driving assessment for people with dementia. There will also be sessions on new directions in dementia care. Speakers include Geriatricians, Vic Roads, OT driving assessor, GPs, practice nurses and other specialist speakers. Click here for more information and registration or see flyer.  


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Creating better family and social histories

Medical Director is quite “primitive” in the way it records family and social histories, having simple text boxes for entering free text. This forces you to enter information manually so you need to be a bit creative, for example:

·         Family and social history items should be dated so that other clinicians know when the questions were asked or when particular events occurred

·         Use  “Reviewed plus date” if no changes made, once again so the others know when the questions were asked

·         If there is no significant family and social histories this should be recorded and dated when the entry is made, e.g. “Nil – 5/2/2013” or “No significant Fx

·         If family or social history are not known (e.g. in the case of adoption) record it as “Not known + reason why”


Best Practice problem - Importing MD templates

Question:  How do I import an MD template into BP?

Answer: Follow these two simple steps.

First download the template:

1.      Right click on template link and select Save Target As...

2.      Select a location on hard drive (which you can find later, such as the desktop) and Save.

Import into BP

1.      Open a New Letter and from Templates menu select Import templates

2.      Locate downloaded file and Open

3.      From File menu select Save as. Type in an appropriate Template name and click on Save

Now you can use the template as you would with any other BP template.


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Items of Interest

Continence Foundation Resources

The Continence Foundation of Australia has recently added an additional seven languages to its list of continence resources for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and health professionals working with these communities. The Continence Foundation’s language resources provide links to 27 bilingual fact sheets on topics such as bedwetting, pregnancy, prostate issues, incontinence products and financial assistance. There are also audio translations for all fact sheets. For further information click here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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Men’s Health

Prostate Cancer Support

PROSTMATE is a ground breaking personalised support system for men and their families dealing with prostate cancer. It has been developed in partnership with leading cancer agencies, researchers and clinicians. Get access to the latest research information, personalised support, specialised programs and consultations with prostate cancer specialist nurses and psychologists. Click here.


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Mental Health

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:


Reservoir - Summerhill Medical Centre is seeking Full Time/Part Time VR GPs (flexible hours) to join a well-established practice of over 18 years. The practice is going through an unprecedented growth and is located in an ideal location only 15min from the CBD and in a shopping complex that will soon have Aldi, Coles, Kmart and IGA.  Excellent remuneration of 70% plus. The practice is computerised and accredited. Phone John on 0403 178 141 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

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).


Rosanna Medical Group is a family oriented Private General Practice that is fully computerised and accredited.  We are seeking a medical receptionist for 30 hours plus per week inclusive of evening work.  Knowledge in PracSoft and Medical Director is preferred.  This position would include general reception and administrative duties. Please contact Jeda or Jan on 9457 1463 and email CV to


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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