North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1419: June 18, 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                                                New referral form for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre         

Chronic Disease Management            Diabetes Management: Priorities and Targets

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Spinal Cord Injury - Review Clinics, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter, The Benchmarque Group newsletter

Women’s Health                                  Breast and bowel cancer screening in women over 50

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

New referral form for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

A brand new referral template for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is available from both the NEVDGP and Peter MacCallum websites. You are advised to download this new template into your system. The NEVDGP website also has Best Practice and ZedMed versions as well.

The division worked very closely with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to create this referral and this collaboration represents a long history of the division working closely with our public hospitals to create clinical software versions of their referral templates; this includes the RCH, the RMH, the Mercy Hospital, Austin Health, Western Health and Northern Health among others.

The division has always made this service free for public hospitals and we will continue to do so. Thank you to those of you out there who have directed these institutions to us for assistance. We do the same template creation for private institutions but there is a small charge involved.

Our efforts of late have been to provide support for clinical software other than just Medical Director. To this end, eNews now includes a BP (Best Practice) hint each week to add to the MD hint that has been appearing in eNews since December 9, 2004.


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Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes Management: Priorities and Targets

Tuesday 24th June 7-9pm (6.30pm registration) at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Corner Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston. Presenter: Dr Jenny Gowan, PhD Consultant pharmacist. Registration here.


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Continuing Professional Development

Healthy Eating, Activity & Lifestyle (Heal™) Program Facilitator Training

Friday 20 June at Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local, Level 1, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC, 3052

Click here for more information and registration.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - LetterWriter - Displaying the Data toolbar (Control + D is your friend!)

When working with templates you quite often want to add fields “on the fly”. The Data toolbar allows you to do this and it can be displayed by pressing Control + D.

This allows you to populate your templates with from the MD data fields. This includes people/organisation from your address book, clinical details (medications, histories, allergies, family and social histories, smoking/alcohol), patient demographics and summary (where you can add selected investigations and progress notes).


You can also have the Data toolbar permanently displayed by changing one of the preferences. From within LetterWriter go to the File menu and select Preferences. Click on the Defaults tab and check the box marked Display Data toolbar.





Best Practice Tip - LetterWriter - Inserting clinical details into a template

The previous hint showed how you can create an Autofill shortcut to insert a field into a template. The example given was to insert a patient’s obstetric history. You can, however, do much the same thing using a different method.

While in a LetterWriter template you may wish to insert additional clinical details:

1.  On the top left of the screen you will see the field headings:

·         General, Current user

·         Addressee

·         Other contact

·         Patient

·         Clinical

2.  Click on the + sign next to clinical – you are the able to double click on any item in the list to have it inserted into the document.


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Items of Interest

Spinal Cord Injury - Review Clinics

The Victorian Spinal Cord Service (Austin Health) and Caulfield Hospital (Alfred Health) review patients in outpatient clinics on a regular basis following their spinal cord injury. 

Caulfield Hospital patients may continue to attend the Spinal Review clinic at Caulfield Hospital, as clinically indicated.  Often the appointments will occur at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months post discharge.

The Victorian Spinal Cord service will routinely offer their patients an appointment at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months following their discharge to home.  After this period, patients will be offered an annual review appointment at the Austin Hospital or in a regional clinic every twelve months.  

Austin Health patients are required to confirm their interest in attending review clinics each year.  The purpose of these clinics is to perform a multidisciplinary review of the patient and their health status.  Equipment prescription and preventative health surveillance is undertaken.  Prior to these clinics, patients are asked to see their local GP to organise a urine culture, urea, electrolytes & creatinine, renal tract ultrasound and a plain abdominal X-ray (KUB).  For patients who do not attend clinic, it is recommended that GP’s routinely arrange these investigations annually. 

If GP’s have questions in relation to regional clinics run by Austin Health for their patients, these are best directed to Maree Binaisse (Spinal Rehabilitation Secretary, phone: (03) 9490-7300, or via email:  

Dates for Austin Health Regional Clinics 2014: Geelong– 29th October; Traralgon - 22nd August; Mildura – 10th September; Ballarat – 3rd December.

NB:  Bendigo, Wangaratta, Albury and Warnambool- clinic dates to be confirmed


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

The latest APNA newsletter can be found here.


The Benchmarque Group newsletter

For a list of Self Directed and Onsite Courses click here.


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Women’s Health

Breast and bowel cancer screening in women over 50

ThinkGP invites you to take part in our Women’s Health Series, exploring how to best manage female health in primary practice. New video content will be published monthly over a period of 12 months. Each video will explore a different aspect of female health, with some linking to applicable accredited education. Click here to view this first video in our new Women’s Health Series


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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 7 year old and a 4 year old are upstairs in their bedroom.
“You know what?” says the 7 year old, “I think it's about time we started swearing.”
The 4 year old nods his head in approval, so the 7 year old says, “When we go downstairs for breakfast I'm gonna swear first, then you swear after me, ok?”
“Ok” says the 4 year old, agreeing with enthusiasm.
The mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 7 year old what he wants for breakfast.
“Oh, shit mum, I don't know, I suppose I'll have some Coco Pops”
WHACK!! He flew out of his chair, tumbled across the kitchen floor, got up, and ran upstairs crying his eyes out.
She looked at the 4 year old and asked with a stern voice, “And what do YOU want for breakfast, young man?”
“I don't know,” he blubbers, “but it won't be #@*&# Coco Pops!”


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And remember


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