North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1416: May 28, 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                                                NEVDGP website still going strong! 

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Twice the Doctor, GP Network News

Men’s Health                                        International Men’s Health Week

News for Practice Staff                       Diabetes and Wound Care Education          

Women’s Health                                  Menarche to Menopause

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

NEVDGP website still going strong!

Last month it was pleasing to see that the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local had what was considered a commendable number of visitors to its website: “Last month more than 3000 unique users visited and viewed 15,000 pages.” (NMMML eNews, May 23, 2014)

However the NEVDGP Website is still one of the most popular “primary care” websites in the country!

·         2,214,274 hits over 5 months

·         1,021 ,693 page views

A few other facts and figures to think about:

·         Average daily hits over 5 months = 15,100

·         Average daily sessions = 2,500

·         Average daily page views = 7000

·         Average bytes transferred daily = 372 MB


NEVDGP – A trusted source for Primary Health Care Information!


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Continuing Professional Development

Weight management - evidence and practical strategies for a higher protein, low GI diet

This week ThinkGP invites you to take part in an education activity produced in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia. This module explores the evidence supporting higher-protein, low GI diets for managing patients who are overweight or obese and suffering from associated chronic disease states. Click here to begin.

Urology in General Practice Symposium 

Saturday 14 June 8am-3pm at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Urology issues for GPs, medical students and practice nurses – click here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Creating checkboxes in LetterWriter (for advanced users)

Ever wanted to create checkboxes in a LetterWriter template? The secret to doing this is to use tables in LetterWriter. If you look at the example below you will notice there is a very narrow row between the rows that contain the checkboxes. This is to stop the checkboxes joining each other.

Once you have set up the checkboxes with the rows and columns of the table, there are two important things to do.

1.      Centre align the text area inside the checkbox (so the X is dead centre)

2.      Put a border around the checkbox cell (remember the dotted lines are non-printing Grid lines)

a.      Place the cursor inside the checkbox

b.      From the Table menu select Properties

c.       Click on the Box


Related to presenting injury, the worker can:

(Please type an X in relevant boxes)

Not restricted

Perform occasionally (<33%)

Perform seldom (<10%)

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Best Practice Tip - Introducing Today’s Notes (Progress Notes)

Today’s notes are laid out to directly type into the notes or to use a variety of tools to assist you to enter the information: These include buttons for:

Diagnosis        Procedure      Reason for Visit         Autofill           Past visits       Last visit


Additionally, there are more tools on the right of the screen to assist you to enter the History and Examination components of the patient consultation.

General           Cardiovascular           Respiratory    Gastro-intestinal        CNS     Genito-urinary           ENT     Eye            Skin     Musculo-skeletal       Psych


·         By double clicking on the tools (General, Cardiovascular etc., you are taken to another screen which allows you to fill in the History and Examination details for that particular system.

·         From that History and Examination screen you are able to “jump” to other areas (e.g. Cardiovascular, Respiratory) by a single click.


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Items of Interest

Twice the Doctor
Health professionals have a fundamental drive to help those patients that are most in need. A logical extension of this drive is often a desire to provide medical services to the developing world. In reality work and family commitments get in the way meaning few of us can actually make the journey overseas.
The Twice the Doctor Foundation provides health professionals with the opportunity to “virtually” make this volunteering journey. In partnership with UNICEF and The Fred Hollows Foundation, Twice the Doctor has organised a way for you to “virtually” volunteer in your workplace for a day per year and donate the income from that day. Those funds are then used to employ and empower primary healthcare workers in Africa.
Due to the disparity in wages between Australia and the developing world your day of volunteering translates to approximately one month of a doctor's or 6 months of a nurse's services in Africa.
To learn more about Twice the Doctor watch this ThinkGP video.
May 21st marked the first Doctors Day coordinated by Twice the Doctor. 350 participants from Wyong, Gosford and Royal North Shore Hospital successfully raised over $50,000 by donating a day’s wage.

To organise your own Doctors Day click here

GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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Men’s Health

International Men’s Health Week (June 9 – 15)

International Men’s Health Week on 9-15 June 2014 is a great time to raise the awareness and support the health and wellbeing of the men in your local community. For your men’s health event or display there is a poster plus a selection of men’s health information brochures, all of which can be ordered here.


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News for Practice Staff

Diabetes and Wound Care Education

Wednesday, 4 June - Nurses working in Aged Care, and interested health professionals, are invited to attend an interactive and informative day on Diabetes and Wound Care Education for the Elderly, presented by Maggie Stewart and Jan Rice. The morning session will be on Diabetes and the afternoon session will be on Wound Care; you can choose to attend either or both sessions. Click here for more information and registration.


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Women’s Health

Menarche to Menopause

Saturday, 14th June 9.15am - 4.30pm at Novotel Melbourne, 285 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley. Health Advantages of Monitoring Fertility – click 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


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).


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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Question: What should we do with people who rely on Government handouts but are too lazy to work?

Answer: Kick them out of Parliament.


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And remember


            A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.