North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1417: June 4, 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                                                Website stats           

Aged Care                                             Activities for people in late stage dementia

Chronic Disease Management            Type 2 diabetes update for health professionals

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Boostrix® moved to Year 7 of secondary school in 2015, BCG vaccine shortage

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  World Hepatitis Day, GP Network News

Women’s Health                                  Menarche to Menopause

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Website stats

In last week’s editorial we spoke of the division’s website’s high “hit rate “and the fact that it is still a widely trusted source for Primary Health Care. Anecdotally we knew this by the feedback we received from wherever we went in Australia and by the number of phone calls and emails coming into the division from all over Victoria and Australia and beyond. An analysis of the statistics confirms what we believed and demonstrated that the most popular sections of the website were:

1.      the health information sheets, sourced from a variety of trusted sources and put together by Dr Colin Adams

2.      the resources from the information management and practice and program support pages of the website including mental health, practice staff (PMs and PNs) and Closing the Gap.


We don’t wish to bore you with too much detail, except to say that it is pleasing for us to see that our influence and acceptance is still well known. With this in mind we will, with our remaining staff, endeavour to keep updating the website so that we remain at the forefront as a reliable source of accessible and up-to-date resources for both primary care providers and the public in general.


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Aged Care

Activities for people in late stage dementia

Wednesday 11 June 9:30am - 12:30pm at Alzheimers Australia Vic, 155 Oak St, Parkville
Understand the capacities and abilities of people in moderate to advanced stages of dementia and learn how to best engage them through activities for meaning and pleasure using a strength-based approach. Presented by Alzheimers Australia Vic. See here for registration and more information.


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Chronic Disease Management

Type 2 diabetes update for health professionals

Tuesday & Wednesday 2 & 3 July, 9.00am – 4.30pm at Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Level 7, Carson Conference Centre, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

This 2 day Diabetes Australia – Victoria, seminar provides an update on type 2 diabetes management skills and knowledge to better equip those who care and work with people with diabetes in a variety of health care settings. Suitable for Div 1 & 2 RNs, GPs, dietitians and podiatrists. For more information see here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Kidney Health

1 in 3 Australians is at risk of chronic kidney disease. Kidney Health Australia aims to promote a message of early detection, prevention and support in response to chronic kidney disease.
Click here to view the activities available on ThinkGP, examining the best ways of managing kidney disease in general practice.


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Boostrix® moved to Year 7 of secondary school in 2015

The dTpa (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) BoostrixR vaccine will transition from Year 10 to Year 7 of secondary school in 2015. To achieve the transition, in 2015 the BoostrixR vaccine will be offered to all secondary school students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. In a community setting these children are aged 12 to 16 years. From 2016 only Year 7 students (12 to 13 years of age) will be offered the BoostrixR vaccine..


BCG vaccine shortage

Sanofi Pasteur has advised the Department of Health that there is a global BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccine shortage due to production issues. In addition, all current stock of BCG vaccine expired on 30 April 2014. It is likely that more BCG vaccine will not be available until the second half of 2014. After 30 April 2014 no BCG vaccine will be available; therefore, BCG clinics held at The Royal Childrens Hospital and Monash Medical Centre will cease until BCG supply resumes. Do not refer patients to these services until further notice.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - using Auto Text in LetterWriter

Frequently used text can be saved in the Letter Writer as Auto Text. For example in a GP Management Plan or TCA you may have disease specific goals (as in diabetes). You set these up as Auto Text instead of typing out the same thing all the time.

1.  While in a patient record open LetterWriter.

2.  From the Edit menu select Auto Text...

3.  Click on the Add button and type in: Maintain glycosylated haemoglobin less than 8% and when prompted type in with theshort cut gh Click on Available to all doctors button if you want to share this shortcut with other doctors of the practice. Click on the OK button

4.  Once back in LetterWriter type the shortcut gh and a yellow box will appear containing the Autotext entry.  Pressing ENTER will insert the Auto Text at the text cursor position. To disregard the Auto Text, continue typing as normal.


Best Practice Tip - Using Autofill in Today’s Notes (Progress Notes)

The Autofill tab of the Today’s Notes are used to create shortcuts that can save you a lot of typing time. If ever you find yourself typing the same thing over and over again it is time that you set up the shortcuts.

1.      Open a patient’s record and click on Today’s Notes.

2.      Click on the AutoFill tab and the AutoFill window will appear. This will show you the shortcuts that you have.  You may already have some pre-installed shortcuts, or it may be blank.

3.      Choose the Add, Edit or Delete to create, modify or delete shortcuts.

Please note: These same shortcuts can be used in LetterWriter. Once in LetterWriter go to the Insert menu and select AutoFill.


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Items of Interest

World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis Victoria marks World Hepatitis Day (July 28th) by working to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis in our community. To facilitate a range of activities in the community that can contribute towards meeting the aims of World Hepatitis Day, Hepatitis Victoria offers $500 community grants to organisations to hold an event that marks World Hepatitis Day in their community. See here for more information.


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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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


Northern Suburbs - Modern and well equipped practice seeking full time VR GP's, great support from nursing and allied health, in house pathology.  Partnership available for the right candidate.  Genuine enquiries most welcome.  Please contact


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

Craigieburn - Experienced Practice Nurse required for busy medical centre.  Two days per week, additional hours may be available.  Fully computerised practice. Award rates. Contact Leanne


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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Australia’s health services

The AMA has weighed in on Joe Hockey’s proposed changes to Australia’s health services. The allergists voted to scratch them, but the dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The gastroenterologists had a sort of gut feeling about it, but the neurologists thought he had a lot of nerve.

The obstetricians felt he was labouring under a misconception.

Ophthalmologists considered the ideas short-sighted.

Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the paediatricians said, "Oh, Grow up!"

The psychiatrists thought the ideas were madness, while the radiologists could see right through them.

The surgeons were fed up with the cuts and decided to wash their hands of the whole thing. The ENT specialists didn't swallow it, and just wouldn’t hear of it.

The pharmacists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the plastic surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter..."

The podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

The anaesthetists thought the ideas were a gas, but the cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the arseholes in parliament!


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And remember


            … Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up.