North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1429: August 27, 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                                                Data cleansing of clinical data is still a big issue    

Aged Care                                             Leadership Forum in Quality Dementia Support

Chronic Disease Management            Dealing with Diabetes: Health Professional Education Symposium

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

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

Mental Health                                      Suicide Prevention Training

News for Practice Staff                       National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Paediatrics                                           Paediatric ENT and Ophthalmology

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              

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A Word from the Editor

Data cleansing of clinical data is still a big issue

The lack of good, clean and accurate clinical data is still a big issue in many general practices, but there has been considerable improvement over the last 5 -10 years.

Accreditation compliance and the use of the PEN Clinical Audit Tool have been important factors in “pushing” this improvement as has the division’s constant nagging for improved data quality in professional development activities, practice visits and support documentation.

However, data cleansing, as most people agree, is an ongoing process, especially when changes occur to the software, such as in the case of the correspondence management in Medical Director. For this reason Noel, has completely rewritten the training book “Clean Up Your Act” and this is available by emailing Noel and he will send you an electronic version. Apart from a revised “Correspondence Management” section, there is also a section on one of those areas that is now easy to clean up in Medical Director - the address book categories. If your address book is a “dog’s breakfast” that includes misspelt categories (e.g. ophhtalmologist [sic]), different categories for the same thing (e.g. ENT, Ent, E.N.T., ent surgeon) then you should check out the relevant sections in “Clean Up Your Act”.

For BP users a BP version of “Clean Up Your Act” should be available in a month or so. Please note that this free offer is only available for NEVDGP members.

 

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Aged Care

Leadership Forum in Quality Dementia Support 

The use of technology provides us with exciting new opportunities to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, their families and their carers.
Tuesday 2 September 9am-4:30pm at The Hilton on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne. See here for more information and registration.

 

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Chronic Disease Management

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

Managing a Patient's Lifestyle - Get Healthy Information and Coaching

Developed by ThinkGP with the NSW Department of Health this activity explores the Get Healthy program as an accessible tool helping GPs to assist their patients in setting and achieving healthy lifestyle goals. A free 6 month telephone-based coaching service to help your patients make sustainable life changes in relation to healthy eating, being physically active and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight range. Click here to complete the module.

CPR Update

Thursday 18th September 6 -8.30pm at Ground Floor, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville. This Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) update is brought to you by INWMML and The Benchmarque Group. See here for more information and registration or Contact Julie Sucksmith on (03) 9347 1188 or email events@inwmml.org.au. $55 per person, 4 category 2 RACGP points. RSVP 11 September.

 

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 events@inwmml.org.au.

 

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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Recording “sample” and medications prescribed elsewher in the patient’s medication list

When drug samples are provided to a patient these need to be recorded in the patient’s medication list as this list should reflect all the medications the patient is currently taking. Prescribe the drug as normal and when you reach the Dose screen, click on the “Product supplied here” radio button. By doing this you are better positioned to do a more accurate list of patients on a particular drug, which you need to do when a drug recall such as VIOXX and PREXIGE occurs.

In the Enter dose screen you are able to select from a variety of choices under the Purpose of action. When you select Print prescription nothing is added to the Purpose column of the Current Rx window.

Any of the other selections will be recorded under the Purpose column of the Current Rx window. These can be later changed (edited) by double clicking in the area under the Purpose column.

Medications with an icon in the # column will be printed once only. Variations in this column include:

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A drug prescribed as a limited medication (prescribed for a limited period of time and/or treatment)

 

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A drug prescribed as a limited medication that has expired

 

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A compliance warning for a long-term medication (prescribed for an undefined period of time and/or treatment) that has elapsed. If the product was supplied elsewhere, compliance checking does not apply

 

This week’s MD problem - Deleting favourites

Question: I have too many favourites in my prescription list. How do I delete them?

Answer: 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.

 

Best Practice Tip - Recording “sample” and medications prescribed elsewhere medications

When medications are provided from other sources, such as from a hospital or specialist, these should be recorded in the patient’s current medication list as this list should reflect all the medications the patient is currently taking.

1.      Prescribe the drug as normal and when you reach the Long term or Once only screen, you will see a drop down list of options under the General note:

2.     

Select the appropriate option from the list.

3.      This medication will be added to the patient medication list, but you will not be prompted to print the script.

By doing this you are better positioned to have a more accurate patient medication list of what the patient is actually taking, so important when referring to other health providers where a medication list is included.

 

Best Practice problem - Deleting prescription Favourites

Question: I have too many favourites in my prescription list. How do I delete them?

Answer: Easy done! (or to be grammatically correct, easily done).

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”.

 

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Items of Interest

LiveLighter

This is a new public education campaign that aims to encourage Victorians aged 25-49 years to eat well, be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. All general practices in Victoria have been sent information and a campaign poster, which we hope can be placed in waiting rooms to help raise awareness about this important health issue. The website provides resources and a meal and activity planner developed by nutritionists. Find out more at www.livelighter.com.au.

 

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

Suicide Prevention Training

UnitingCare ReGen will deliver free training to general practitioners & practice nurses, general practice managers and office staff, aged care nurses & workers and counsellors (including relationship counsellors, social workers, family therapists and any professional whose role includes counselling. The specialised programs are designed to equip you with leading methodology and strategies in suicide awareness, prevention, intervention and reporting.

To discuss arranging a free workshop contact Jane Jervis-Read at Uniting CareReGen lifeforce@regen.org.au or (03) 9384 8834 - See more here.

 

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News for Practice Staff

National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Improved healthcare worker hand hygiene is the highest priority area to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections. The Hand Hygiene Australia Online Learning Package has been created as a simple tool to test clinical and non-clinical staff knowledge of hand hygiene in healthcare. It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete and certificates can be created for staff who complete the training. Read more online.

 

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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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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

British Humour
These are classified ads, which were actually placed in U.K. Newspapers:
FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER
8 years old,
Hateful little bastard.
Bites!

FREE PUPPIES
1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbour’s dog.

FREE PUPPIES
Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

COWS, CALVES: NEVER BRED
Also 1 gay bull for sale.

JOINING NUDIST COLONY!
Must sell washer and dryer £100.

WEDDING DRESS FOR SALE
Worn once by mistake.
Call Stephanie.

FOR SALE BY OWNER
Complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 45 volumes.

Excellent condition, £200 or best offer. No longer needed, got married, wife knows everything.

 

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And remember

 

            … Practice safe eating - always use condiments.