North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1433: September 24, 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                                                BREAKING NEWS    

Chronic Disease Management            APNA CDM Workshop

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Chief Health Officer Alert – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, GP Network News

Paediatrics                                           Australian Doctor Paediatrics Seminar

Women’s Health                                  Incontinence in the Pre and Postnatal Periods

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor


North East Valley Division has recently been approached by a large consortium of Public & Private organisations intending to submit a tender to provide comprehensive support to the General Practice community, among other services. This consortium recognises the role that NEV has played in the PAST in supporting General Practice and wants us to be an important part in delivering FUTURE services, utilising the skills of current and former NEV employees.


Tenders calling for the replacement of the Medicare Locals program will be circulated by the Commonwealth in the next few weeks. The new organisations, to be known as Primary Health Networks (PHNs), will be larger in size and fewer in number.


Despite 20 years of supporting local practices and GPs, NEV’s opinions, experience and expertise were never sought by the local Northern Melbourne ML.


There may be other consortia who recognise the valuable relationship established over many years between NEV and you - our members. We will be open to discussions with those organisations able to demonstrate the same level of past and future commitment to General Practice that you formerly enjoyed from the North East Valley Division.


Further details will be sent to NEVDGP members by mail in the next few days.


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Chronic Disease Management

APNA CDM Workshop

Primary health care nurses are ideally placed to assist their community with the management of chronic diseases. APNA’s Chronic Disease Management Workshops have been designed and facilitated by nurses including content delivered by leading Australian chronic disease management organisations.

Friday & Saturday 17 and 18 October at The Pullman, Albert Park, Melbourne. See here for more information and registration.


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Continuing Professional Development

Austin Health Cognitive Dementia and Memory Clinic (CDAMs) Annual Conference

Wednesday 8th October 9-4.30pm at the Darebin Performing Arts and Entertainment Centre, Cnr Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston. Ms Ita Buttrose, AO OBE, will address the Conference on the topic of ‘Advocating for the Carer’. For more information and registration contact Kaye Milburn on Ph: 9496 2596; Fax: 9496 6337 or email:


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Keyboard shortcuts for use in Progress Notes

Rather than using the menu buttons here are some simple keyboard shortcuts after you highlight the text:

·         Bold                            - Control + B

·         Italic                            - Control + i

·         Underline                    - Control + U

·         Font size larger       - Shift + Control + >

·         Font size smaller              - Shift + Control + <


This week’s MD problem - Changing default font and font size in progress notes

Question: My GP colleague was fiddling with his font size. Now he can't get it back to where he wants it. This is in Progress Notes. Can you help?

Answer: Are you sure it was a colleague? Close all patient records.

1.      Tools >Options >Progress Notes – set your default font to Arial, Size 10.

2.      For those of you who want to change the default font to anything else in Progress Notes follow the above path and change it to what you want.

Note: A quicker way to change font size is:

1.      Highlight the text you wish to change

2.      Then press Shift + Control + > to increase font size - or Shift + Control + < to decrease font size


Best Practice Tip - Typing shortcuts in Today’s Notes

Make you notes stand out by usimg larger lettering, bold, colour etc. Here are a few shortcuts to make this quicker for you. Rather than using the menu buttons here are some simple keyboard shortcuts to use after you highlight the text:

·         Bold                            - Control + B

·         Italic                            - Control + i

·         Underline                    - Control + U

·         Font size larger       - Shift + Control + >

·         Font size smaller              - Shift + Control + <


Best Practice problem - Setting default font size in Today’s notes

Question: Because of my poor eyesight I would like the print size in the Today’s notes to be larger. Is this possible?

Answer:  The answer is “Yes” as you can set the default font and font size in your preferences:

1.      From the Main screen (no patient record open) go to Setup menu and select Preferences.

2.      Click on the Clinical tab and make the changes to the Font and Font size

3.      Click on Save and close when complete.

Please note:

1.      Even if you leave the default setting to Arial 10 you can still make changes from within Today’s notes:
- highlight the text you wish to enlarge
- change the font size from the font size drop down menu

2.      A quicker way is to:
- highlight the text you wish to change, then press Shift + Control + > to increase font size - or Shift + Control + < to decrease font size


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Items of Interest

Chief Health Officer Alert – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa

This Alert provides details about planning and guidance for general practitioners, frontline clinicians, health services and laboratories on actions to take for a suspected or confirmed case of EVD. Health professionals should familiarise themselves with the plan, which is available here.

Practitioners should consider the possibility of EVD in a patient with fever or illness within 21 days of return from countries in West Africa affected by EVD, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. A separate outbreak of EVD is also occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the event of a suspected case of EVD, immediately isolate the patient, don personal protective equipment (PPE) as described in the plan, and notify the Department by calling 1300 651 160.


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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Australian Doctor Paediatrics Seminar

Saturday 11 October 8am: registrations; 8:30am - 3.25pm: Paediatrics seminar; 3.25pm - 5.00pm: CPR (optional)at Law Building, University of Melbourne.

See here for more information and registration.


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Women’s Health

Incontinence in the Pre and Postnatal Periods

ThinkGP have released a video interview and educational module as the third instalment of their women's health series, examining bladder and bowel incontinence in the pre and postnatal life stages of women. Incontinence is common and can be a difficult topic for a woman to address during pregnancy, due to a lack of understanding of the issue and its prevalence.

Click here to begin the video and navigate through to accredited education. 


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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.


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


Ivanhoe Medical Clinic – an opportunity exists for VR GP to join this modern, computerized medical clinic. Large supportive group (12 GPs), FT nurses, CDMs, no A/Hs, friendly, flexible, mixed billing. Good remuneration. Contact:- Dr.Stephen Smith – 9499 1245.


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


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.


Coburg – Casual receptionists required to join our Customer Service Team. As the first point of contact to patients and visitors, you will play a vital role in the Practice with your key responsibilities being meeting and greeting patients, answering the phone calls and making appointments, processing payments, managing patient records and general administration duties. Email your resume to


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


Heidelberg - Practice Nurse required by Mount Street Medical Centre. Previous experience in General Practice or RDNS is desirable. Two days per week – Wednesday and Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm with a view to increase to three days per week. See here for more detail or contact Janina De Silva, Manager on (03) 9459 1100 or email for a position description (Monday and Friday).

Thornbury - Div 1 Practice Nurse required on a part time basis, Thursday & Friday 9am – 4pm for our busy, accredited & computerised family clinic. Friendly working environment and excellent remuneration. Please email resume to the practice manager on or fax 03 9484 1082.


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


Positions wanted

Locum/Assistant available NOW, any session, anywhere, anytime even with short notice; Competent experienced VR GP, minimum fee $220 per hour plus travel allowance plus GST; Phone 0412 188 332


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It's Not About the Nail

One of our GPs found the following medical video quite instructional though it is perhaps more pertinent for the male audience…


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And remember


            When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.