North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1428: August 20, 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: http://www.nevdgp.org.au/.
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In this issue:

Editorial                                                Phillip Bain returns to the area       

Chronic Disease Management            Weight management

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director & Best Practice Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Dare To Connect North West – ‘daring to explore alternatives to gambling!’ GP Network News

Mental Health                                      Managing Difficult Behaviours, Understanding Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

Paediatrics                                           Paediatric ENT and Ophthalmology

Women’s Health                                  Fertility Week 2014, Optimising Patient Fertility Webinar, Medical Disorders In Pregnancy Symposium     

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              

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A Word from the Editor

Phillip Bain returns to the area

The former CEO of the Northern Division, Phillip Bain took up the post as Chief Executive of the Plenty Valley Community Health earlier this month, returning to Melbourne’s north after nearly three years as Chief Executive of the Goulburn Valley Medicare Local in Shepparton.

From 1998, Phillip spent 13 years as CEO of the Northern Division of General Practice and it was in that period that the North East Valley Division and the Northern Division worked very closely together, even, at one time considering the amalgamation of the two divisions.

Even though the amalgamation did not occur the two divisions continued to work harmoniously on many joint projects and interests.

Phillip brings a long history of involvement with community affairs in the north and the Plenty Valley Community Health, which now employs over 200 staff operating out of nine very busy facilities across the City of Whittlesea, will greatly benefit from that experience.

We wish Phillip well in his new position and even though his “patch” is outside the NEVDGP’s division boundaries, there may be some possibilities of some collaboration between the two organisations.

 

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Chronic Disease Management

Weight management - evidence and practical strategies for a higher protein, low GI diet
This ThinkGP 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 complete the module.

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Continuing Professional Development

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. Download a registration form. Contact Julie Sucksmith on (03) 9347 1188 or email events@inwmml.org.au

 

Australian Doctor Live
Saturday & Sunday 6-7 September in Sydney.
A two-day seminar combining presentations, case studies and hands-on workshops for general practitioners, registrars and practice nurses. See here for brochure, registration and 2 for 1 offer.

 

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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Changing the strength of a medication

All too often a GP will delete a medication and then re-prescribe the same medication with a different strength. If you want to change the dose of Viagra from 25 Mg to 50 Mg you simply double click on the 25 Mg in the Strength column. An alternative strength dialogue box appears, simply double click on the 50 Mg. Then print the script.

 

This week’s MD problem - Adding medications to the “Favourites” list

Question: Occasionally I have 10 minutes to spare and would like to add often prescribed medications to the my medication “Favourites” list. How do I do this?

Answer: The ideal way to do this is to use a dummy patient – I always suggest Adam and Anna Aardvark because they will always appear at the top of any printed list and you know to exclude them.

Prescribe as you usually would and when you get to the Prescribe dose screen click on the Add to favourites box and then click OK. When you get to the Reason for Medication screen click on Close. This will record your “favourite” without prescribing it. Use this process to add other medications to the Favourites. If you accidently add it to the medication list of the patient, simply delete it.

 

Best Practice Tip - Changing the brand and/or strength of a medication

All too often a GP will delete a medication and then re-prescribe the same medication with a different strength. If you want to change the dose of Viagra from 25 Mg to 50 Mg:

1.    There are 3 ways to do this:

a.    Click on the strength of the medication (e.g. 25 Mg) and click on the Edit button

b.    Right click on the Strength of the medication and select Change Brand/Strength

c.    Double click on the Strength

2.    The Edit Rx window opens – select an alternative brand/strength from the list.

3.    Print the script.

 

Best Practice problem - Adding medications to the “Favourites” list

Question: Occasionally I have 10 minutes to spare and would like to add often prescribed medications to my medication “Favourites” list. How do I do this?

Answer: The ideal way to do this is to use a dummy patient – I always suggest Adam and Anna Aardvark because they will always appear at the top of any printed list and you know to exclude them.

1.      In the New Rx window click the Add button.

2.      In the Search for window type in the drug name and highlight it.

3.      Click in the Add to favourites box.

The next time you wish to prescribe that medication click open the New Rx window and click on the “Favourites” radio button and select the dose for that particular medication.

 

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Items of Interest

Dare To Connect North West – ‘daring to explore alternatives to gambling!’

Is your life out of balance because of Gambling? Join us on a FREE 10-week life-changing program to Balance what you do for Fun!

Problem Gambling is a major cause of financial, mental and physical health concerns. Developed by Chrysalis Insight Inc., Dare to Connect North West is an innovative prevention program, providing recreational and educational opportunities to people who feel that they gamble too much, too often. For 3 hours per week for 8 weeks, they will experience what alternative activities their community has to offer, in a safe, fun and supported way.

Chrysalis Insight Inc. is now recruiting participants and volunteers for the first program in September. One group will kick off with a weekend away (all expenses paid) and for people who can’t get away for a weekend, they can join the second group with a one day intro to the program. Then the two groups get together for 3 hours on either a Saturday or Sunday for 8 weeks to learn new skills, venture to different places, build social confidence and have a great time.

This program is fully funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation under the Prevention Grant Scheme.

Any enquiries regarding this program or to order promotional material please email info@chrysalisinisght.org.au or call Gabriela Byrne on: 0428 304041.

 

GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.

 

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Mental Health

Managing Difficult Behaviours

Tuesday 2nd September 12-2pm at Level 1, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville. This training provides practical awareness techniques and support to assist practice staff to manage clients who have difficult behaviours. Presenter: Julie Borninkhof,

INWMML General Manager of Primary Care Services and Clinical Psychologist. Download a registration form Contact Julie Sucksmith on (03) 9347 1188 or email events@inwmml.org.au. RSVP 28 August.

 

Understanding Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

Tuesday 2nd September 6.30-9pm at The Melbourne Clinic, 130 Church St. Richmond. Professor David Castle presents this session of our GP Mental Health Education Series, an engaging workshop that aims to increase your recognition, diagnosis, treatment options and general understanding of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders. RACGP: 4 category 2 points. Download a registration form Contact Julie Sucksmith on (03) 9347 1188 or email events@inwmml.org.au. RSVP 28 August.

 

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Paediatrics

Paediatric ENT and Ophthalmology
Wednesday 3 September 6:30-9:00pm
at Ella Latham Lecture Theatre Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville.
More information here.

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Women’s Health

Fertility Week 2014: 1-7 September

Infertility could be reduced by 50% through healthy lifestyle choices and timing intercourse during the fertile window. Knowledge about the fertile window can reduce time-to-pregnancy and help avoid unnecessary IVF treatment. For more information, read our fact file. Visit www.yourfertility.org.au.  Your Fertility resources and information pack order form.

 

Optimising Patient Fertility Webinar

Thursday 4 September 7.30-8pm AEST. Join Dr Magdalena Simonis and Associate Professor Kate Stern as they explore the crucial role general practitioners (GPs) play in educating patients about fertility. This webinar will discuss fertility issues and preconception planning, with a focus on practical scenarios and case studies. The webinar will include: Suggestions on how to opportunistically discuss fertility with female and male patients; Assisting patients to develop a reproductive life plan; Responding to patient concerns and life circumstances, such as being ‘socially infertile’; Dealing with fertility issues and referrals to specialist care. Register here.

 

Medical Disorders In Pregnancy Symposium – Mercy Hospital for Women

Suitable for GPs, midwives, nurses, physicians, O&G trainees and consultants, the Medical Disorders in Pregnancy is an all-day symposium discussing the common and important medical problems encountered by pregnant women. Topics this year to be addressed by our panel of expert speakers include cardiac disease in pregnancy, bleeding and clotting problems in pregnancy, the new GDM criteria and much more. The Symposium is Saturday September 6 at Leonda on the Yarra. Further information and registration here or contact Natalie Harris on 8458 4753 or perinatalseminars@mercy.com.au.

 

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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

Doctors

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 carltonmedical@bigpond.com, Web www.carltonmedicalcentre.com.au

 

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 grs@grs.net.au or see www.grs.net.au.

 

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 Medprac@outlook.com.

 

South Morang Medical Centre seeking VR GP – would suit male wanting part-time afternoon sessions and some Sat am.  Contact Wendy Reichstein (9436 4222) or email southmorang@smmc.com.au.

 

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

 

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 craigieburncentralmedical@gmail.com.

 

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 - summerhill@iinet.net.au.

 

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 lathaherath@hotmail.com.

 

Other

Reservoir – Podiatrist wanted. Summerhill Medical Centre is seeking a podiatrist to join a well-established practice of over 18 years and will be given access to a large patient base, cross discipline referrals and a rate opportunity to grow your business quickly. The practice is located only 15min from the CBD within a shopping precinct that will include Aldi, Coles and Kmart. The practice is computerised and accredited. Phone John on 0403 178 141 or email - summerhill@iinet.net.au.

 

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Humour

A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

 

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And remember

 

            A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.