North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1418: June 11, 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                                                Congratulations to Dr Andrew Pattison       

Chronic Disease Management            DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, New RACGP Infection prevention and control standards, GPA webinars available free, QI & CPD Points - Quality Improvement Activities, GP Network News

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Pattison

We extend our congratulations to Dr Andrew Pattison of the East Ivanhoe Medical Centre for Queen’s Birthday Honours for Dr Andrew David PATTISON, “for service to medicine as a general practitioner”. Andrew was one of the eight GPs across Australia to receive the award.


Dr Andrew Pattison has been a partner in a busy suburban practice for over 20 years and has been an active member of the North East Valley Division for many years. He was a talkback GP on Melbourne radio 3AW for several years, and was medical columnist for the Age newspaper. Andrew lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children.


Andrew is also known for his dedicated work to men’s health and his Common Consultations derived from his book An Apple a Day which was published by Harper Collins in 1995. He gives a clear explanation for a variety of symptoms such as chest pain, fever, and abdominal pain. He explores common illnesses like depression, glandular fever and warts, and he tells of what to expect in treatment and recovery. General Health issues such as healthy diet and first-aid are also covered.


Many of the topics begin with an introductory short story to illustrate how a particular condition might evolve and present to the family doctor. The names and characters are fictitious but are composites of numerous cases seen over the years. The Health tips at the foot of each article are simple pieces of advice to help maintain or improves one's health.


Andrew is well known for his lecture series on men's health at both Melbourne and Monash universities. He has long promoted the importance of preventative medicine and the educational role of the family GP. He is a member of the AMA and a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) as well as being involved in the North East Valley Division of General Practice.


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Chronic Disease Management

DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)

Do you have clients with type 1 diabetes? DAFNE is a 5-day group self-management course for people with T1 diabetes who are not using an insulin pump. It covers topics such as insulin dose adjustment, carb counting, exercise, and illness management. Participants also get to meet others with T1 and share their experiences.

The next Melbourne course is 7-11 July. Clients can self-refer by calling Susan on 03 9667 1719 or visit the website for more information.


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Continuing Professional Development

Management of incontinence in general practice

Over 4.8 million Australians have bladder or bowel control issues. Many people avoid discussing continence issues out of shame or embarrassment. ThinkGP invites you to participate in this education module and consider how you encourage patients to talk about managing faecal and urinary incontinence.

Musculoskeletal pain types

An Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria webinar discussing ‘Pain types: why they matter in managing musculoskeletal pain, how to recognise them and what to do.’

Monday, 16th June 7pm - 8pm. Click here for more information.


Digestive Health

Saturday 28 June 8-3.30pm at Law Building, 185 Pelham St, Parkville Campus, University of Melbourne.

An Australian Doctor Seminar - topics:  Investigating dysphagia; Inflammatory bowel disease and biologics; Constipation; Managing patients post-bariatric surgery; Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

For more information and registration click here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - LetterWriter - Inserting a Field into Auto Text

1.  While in a patient record open LetterWriter.

2.  From the Edit menu select Auto Text…

3.  Click on the Add button. On the right side of the Auto Text window you will see a list of Field headings. Click on the + sign next to Summary. A drop down list of Fields will appear.

4.  Click on the Investigation Results (Selected) and then click on the Insert Field button. Type in IRS as the shortcut. Click on Available to all doctors button (if decided at a team meeting that this is a good idea). Click on the OK button.

5.  Click on the OK button to return to LetterWriter.

6.  Type in IRS and press Enter. If the patient has any investigation results you will be able to selectively choose those results you want included in the letter.

7.  By following this process you could also create short cuts for:

·      Current Progress Notes (CPN shortcut)

·      Progress Notes (Selected) (PNS shortcut)

·      Any of the clinical measurements such as BP, Ht/Wt, Antenatal history, Past Obstetric history


Best Practice Tip - Adding a “Reason for Visit”

You should add a Reason for Visit for all contacts with a patient, whether it is face to face, by phone, or letter. This can be recorded in Today’s notes by clicking the Reason for Visit button.

Some “not so obvious reasons” you can use when not in a “face-to-face consultation”:

·         Phone advice

·         Results discussed

·         Telephone triage

If there is more than one reason for the visit you can click on the Other button and add additional reasons for contact.


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Items of Interest

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – June

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 77 Australians every week. To find out more about how your clinic can get involved in Bowel Cancer Awareness Month call (02) 9923 8269 or click here.


New RACGP Infection prevention and control standards

The RACGP has released the latest edition of its Infection prevention and control standards. This set of standards is a companion to the 4th edition Standards for general practices,  It is  available as a free download from the College.


GPA webinars available free

GPA webinars are interactive online training presentations – see here.


QI & CPD Points - Quality Improvement Activities

GPs are now able to turn any ALM that they have completed into a Quality Improvement (QI) activity by clicking on 'My CPD' on the RACGP website. Once logged in, GPs need to click on 'Self Directed Activity' and submit a 'QI Reflection'. Once the QI reflective questions have been submitted, the GP will be allocated 5 category 2 points and will meet their requirement for the current triennium. GPs can submit multiple QI reflections however, points are capped at 15. 


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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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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A married couple is driving along a highway doing a steady 70 kph. The wife is behind the wheel.

Her husband suddenly looks across at her and speaks in a clear voice. "I know we've been married for twenty years, but I want a divorce."

The wife says nothing, keeps looking at the road ahead but slowly increases her speed to 75 kph.

The husband speaks again. "I don't want you to try and talk me out of it,"

Again the wife stays quiet, but grips the steering wheel more tightly and slowly increases the speed to 80.

He pushes his luck. "I want the house," he says insistently.

Up to 90.

"I want the car, too," he continues.

100 kph.

"And," he says, "I'll have the bank accounts, all the credit cards and the boat!"

The car slowly starts veering towards a massive concrete bridge.

This makes him nervous, so he asks her, "Isn't there anything you want?"

 The wife at last replies in a quiet and controlled voice. "No, I've got everything I need," she says.

"Oh, really," he inquires, "so what have you got?"

Just before they slam into the wall at 100 kph, The wife turns to him and smiles.

"The airbag."


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And remember


            … At the root of every grey hair, there is a dead brain cell.