North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1427: August 13, 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                                                The division goes Best Practice       

Chronic Disease Management            Dealing with Diabetes: Health Professional Education Symposium, Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators Association - Annual Scientific Meeting

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Flu is here: With numbers climbing, Mum’s are hit the hardest!

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  New Guidelines - Abuse and Violence, Gastronorth welcomes Dr Alvin Chung, NEMICS Annual Forum - Cancer Survivorship Care: Bridging the Gap, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

The division goes Best Practice!

With quite a few practices changing form Medical Director to Best Practice the division has made the decision to create training and support materials for Best Practice users. eNews has been running Medical Director hints and questions answered since 2004. We are now adding weekly Best Practice tips and questions as well. Our aim from now on is to align the MD and BP hints so that they cover the same topics. This may mean some MD hints are “repeats” from by-gone days, so we’ll just call them revision and hope you’ll be able to say “I knew that!”


In addition the Medical Director “Tips and Tricks” booklets (all 5 volumes) are being updated and should be ready over the next few months. Of course, these will be made available free to practices WITHIN THE NEVDGP CATCHMENT.  ”Outsiders” or Medicare Locals will need to purchase an annual licence.


All the “Tips and Tricks” booklets are being “translated” into BP versions, starting with Scriptwriting which IS NOW AVAILABLE in both MD and BP versions, but only free to those MD and BP practices WITHIN THE NEVDGP CATCHMENT.


A training book for Best Practice “The Accurate Recording of Clinical Information” has also been completed and is now available. There is also a 2014 Medical Director version of this same booklet.


Any enquiries regarding these books (which are distributed to NEVDGP practices in hard copy only) should be directed to Noel Stewart via email:


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Chronic Disease Management

Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators Association - Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. See here.


Dealing with Diabetes: Health Professional Education Symposium

Saturday, 6 September 8.30am-4pm at Rydges on Swanston, 701 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. This symposium is a one day event designed to engage with practices and professionals who wish to learn the latest in diabetes management, treatment, systems, devices and patient care. Click here.


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Continuing Professional Development

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

Osteoporosis is a major, yet under-diagnosed, cause of disability in Australia. It usually has no symptoms until a fracture occurs – and is often called the ‘silent disease’. Developed by ThinkGP in partnership with Osteoporosis Australia, the education aims to provide guidance on osteoporosis and fracture management. Click here to complete the module.


Pharmacogenomics Explained for Personalized Therapy

Saturday 16 August 8.30am – 4.45pm at Oaks on Collins, 480 Collins St, Melbourne. In medicine, one size does not fit all. Two people who take the same medication may have very different responses.  Many factors influence a person’s response to medications. See here for more information and registration.


Travel Medicine

Wednesday 3 September 6.30-9pm at The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville. Dr Catherine Streeton will discuss travel immunisation, travel related health risks and treatments in an engaging workshop using case study examples.

RACGP: 4 RACGP category 2 points. RSVP 27 August. See here for more information and registration or contact Julie Sucksmith on (03) 9347 1188 or email


Informatics and Genomics: New perspectives

Thursday 11 September 6-8.30pm at The Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville.

Prof. Sanchez and Dr. Campos give insight in to the Human Genome, where advanced technologies in the fields of molecular biology and computing are unravelling new knowledge related to its structure and function.

RACGP: 4 category 2 points. RSVP 25 August. See here for more information and registration or contact Julie Sucksmith on (03) 9347 1188 or email


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Flu is here: With numbers climbing, Mum’s are hit the hardest!

With more than 20,979 laboratory confirmed cases in the country, Australia is experiencing double the number of cases than at the same time last year. 

It is not too late to get vaccinated against Influenza. “Vaccination is the single best protection” Dr Hampson Chairman of the Influenza Specialist Group adds, “With vaccination; you are protecting yourself and those around you from serious illness. But don’t put it off. The window is rapidly closing because your body needs time to respond to the vaccine.”

The flu vaccine is free for: pregnant women, those aged over 65 years, Indigenous Australians 15 Years or older, and children and adults suffering underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic neurological disease, and impaired immunity.

For the full media alert from the Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) click here.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Deleting favourites

Click on the Rx button so that the drug favourites are displayed. Click once on the medication you wish to remove. Press the Delete key on the keyboard and it will be removed.


This week’s MD problem - Changing the column order in the medication screen

Question: The order of the columns in my medication screen has changed. I want the Strength next to the Drug name, not way over to the right. How do I fix this?

Answer: Place the cursor in the in the Drug name column. A “hand icon” will appear. Hold down the mouse button and drag the column to the left. Stop when it sits next to the Drug name. You can arrange the columns any way you want using this method.


Best Practice Tip - Deleting favourites

1.      In the New Rx window click on the Favourites radio button.

2.      Under the Drug name, click once on the medication you wish to remove. Press the Delete key on the keyboard to remove the “Favourite”.


Best Practice problem - Changing column order in medication screen and widening columns

Question: The order of the columns in my medication screen has changed. I want the Reason for prescription where it is visible on the left of the screen, not way over to the right. How do I fix this?

Answer: You can’t change the column placements in BP; all you can do is make the columns wider or narrower. Place the cursor on the vertical line between the columns to get a 2 headed arrow. Hold down the mouse button and drag the column border to increase or narrow the width of the column.


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Items of Interest

New Guidelines - Abuse and Violence

The RACGP has recently published the 4th edition of Abuse and Violence: working with our patients in general practice (White Book).


Gastronorth welcomes Dr Alvin Chung

Dr Chung is a gastroenterologist who consults at Latrobe Private Hospital & 195 Specialist Centre in Bulleen. He performs procedures at Bundoora Endoscopy & Epworth Eastern. All bookings can be made through the Gastronorth main rooms (Latrobe Private, suite 1, cnr Plenty Rd & Kingsbury Drv, Bundoora) on 9473 8865


NEMICS Annual Forum - Cancer Survivorship Care: Bridging the Gap

Tuesday 26th August 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm at Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. See here for more information.


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

See here for the latest APNA newsletter.


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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


Bundoora - Female GP with Mandarin/Cantonese speaking skills wanted to work part-time in a DWS position. Tel: 0433 155 451.


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


North East After Hours GP Clinic - Austin Health is seeking an Expression of Interest from General Practitioners who would like an opportunity to work casual shifts in our clinic which is attached to the Austin Emergency dept. We offer competitive rates and our opening hours are: Monday to Friday: 7pm – 11pm; Saturday: 2pm – 8pm; Sunday: 4pm – 10pm.

To register your interest please contact Hana Wellington – Practice Manager  Tel: (03) 9469 3627.


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


West Heidelberg - GP wanted to join a solo GP practice, part time or full time. Please call 0435 815 187 or email


Practice Staff

Bundoora - Div 1 Nurse to work part-time (Tuesday and Thursday) in a busy Practice. Good remuneration and friendly environment. Tel: 0433 155 451.


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).


Reservoir - Summerhill Medical Centre is seeking Full Time/Part Time Div 1 Nurses (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. The practice is computerised and accredited. Phone John on 0403 178 141 or email -


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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How to maintain a healthy level of insanity in retirement.

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars…watch 'em slow down!

2. On all your cheque stubs, write ‘For Marijuana'!

3. Skip down the street rather than walk and see how many looks you get.

4. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

5. Sing along at the Opera.


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And remember


            … If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.