North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1434: October 1, 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                                                What’s new in MD 3.15.2    

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Certificate of Capacity helping patients, St Vincent’s Hospital update, New Specialist Cardiac Clinics at St Vincent’s Heart Centre, GP Network News

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter

Paediatrics                                           The Overweight Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Primary Care

Women’s Health                                  Sexual and Reproductive Health Training, BreastScreen Victoria

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

What’s new in MD 3.15.2 (October 2014)

1.      The introduction of Ethnicity, Country of Birth & Australian Defence Force (ADF) service status to patient demographics. Also in Pracsoft. The inclusion of these fields also assists with RACGP Accreditation requirements. Also in Pracsoft.

2.      The new eHealth Assisted Registration tool allows you to easily assist your patients in registering for a PCEHR eHealth record.

3.      A new Prescription and Dispense View enables you to view information about your patients prescribed and dispensed medications.

4.      eHealth Clinical Usability improvements provide improved efficiencies.

5.      National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) improvements allow for the streamlining of patient information between hospital and GP settings.

6.      Performance improvements to the Pathology Request form.


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Continuing Professional Development


It is currently estimated that 800,000 Australians will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lives. ThinkGP invites you to take part in this four-part education series exploring the diagnosis and management of epilepsy in primary care. The activities examine the major risks and effects of epilepsy across a range of different patient groups and consider the intricacies of diagnosis and classification of seizure disorders. The complexities of implementing one or more pharmacological management strategies in the treatment of epilepsy are also considered.
These activities are available in the format of one module and three videos: click here to begin.

Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) 
Wednesday November 12, 12-5pm and 5.30-9.00pm at Monash University Caulfield Campus. Jim Buttery and the Monash Immunisation team have put together an excellent program of local and interstate speakers, addressing current vaccine topics and special interest areas. The program details and booking form is now open via our Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) website. This CVU is running both an afternoon and evening program, with options to book for one or both of the sessions. We hope the evening session will make it easier for busy immunisation providers and general practitioners to attend. The last talk is being presented by Michael Moore, the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia. We hope this will facilitate a lively discussion on immunisation in primary care, a where to now? Following the demise of Medicare Locals. It has been confirmed the evening session will be facilitated by NEVDGP Chair, Dr Peter Eizenberg. It is recommended to book now before places are filled.


Best Practice Management of Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference

Saturday 8 November 9.30am-3pm (9am registration) at Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond. This Inner North West Melbourne Program in Primary Care conference provides an excellent opportunity to improve service coordination between alcohol and drug, welfare, general practice and the primary health care sector. For primary health care professionals from general practice, pharmacy, hospital and emergency, drug and alcohol, allied health, mental health and community health. Alcohol and Drug Conference Flyer


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Right click shortcuts in Progress Notes

Open the Progress Notes and then right click in the middle of the blank screen of the current Progress Note.

Apart from the usual Cut, Copy and Paste you can also select History, Examination, Reason etc.; i.e. the same choices as the buttons at the bottom the current Progress Note screen.









This week’s MD problem - Changing the consultation date

Question: Can you change the time and date of a consultation in Medical Director?

Answer: There is a consultation date calendar on the top left corner of the Progress Notes. Use the calendar to change the date and then delete the current time and change to the actual time of the consultation.


Best Practice Tip - Today’s notes shortcuts

"PC", "Presenting complaint:"
"HX", "History:"
"OE", "Examination:"
"MX", "Management:"
"DX", "Diagnosis:"
"RV", "Review interval:"
"S:", "Subjective:"
"O:", "Objective:"
"A:", "Assessment:"
"P:", "Plan:"
"AX", "Actions:"


Best Practice problem - Changing the Consultation date

Question: Can you change the time and date of a consultation in Best Practice?

Answer: There is a visit date calendar on the top left corner of the Today’s notes. Use the calendars to change the Visit date and Visit time.


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Items of Interest

Certificate of Capacity helping patients

GPs using the new Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) Certificate of Capacity are seeing an impact on return to work by focusing on what their patients can do. This week, more than 5000 GPs will receive a kit in the mail, reiterating how to access and complete the new certificate. The certificate was released two months ago and is available as a template in most clinical software packages, under the title "Victorian WorkCover & TAC - Certificate of Capacity" (MD version) or "VIC WorkCover & TAC – Certificate of Capacity" (BP version).
With the TAC and the VWA receiving more than 200 new certificates each week, health professionals are encouraged to send feedback to Feedback will be monitored during the current transition stage, with the TAC and the VWA expecting to move fully to the new certificate in early 2015.
Networking Health Victoria, in conjunction with TAC and the VWA, has also launched the first of a suite of e-Learning modules around educating GPs on the health benefits of safe work and using the certificate. These are available here
More information: The TAC Certificate of Capacity; The VWA Certificate of Capacity 


St Vincent’s Hospital update

St Vincent’s Hospital (SVH) GP Liaison Unit is looking to improve communications between SVH and the general practice community so they have introduced a brief bi-monthly update outlining news of direct relevance to general practice. The most recent edition is available here.


New Specialist Cardiac Clinics at St Vincent’s Heart Centre

St Vincent’s Heart Centre is designed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The Heart Centre has five specialised cardiac clinics: Chest Pain; General Cardiology; Pacemaker and ICD; Valvular Heart Disease; and Sports Cardiology. All visits are bulk billed. 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

The latest APNA newsletter is available here.


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The Overweight Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Primary Care

Tuesday 14 October 6:30-9pm at Ella Latham lecture theatre, The Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville. The presentation for these two very common and important topic areas will also discuss the role of the hospital and primary health care providers, and resources available to assist in management. For more information and registration see here.


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Women’s Health

Sexual and Reproductive Health Training

Family Planning Victoria provides training for GPs, GP registrars and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists trainees in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health in primary care. They offer courses in sexual health and family planning, IUD insertion, contraceptive implant and HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Courses are running during October and November. More information and registration click here.


BreastScreen Victoria

The target age range for inviting women to screen has now increased to include women aged 50-74. Find out what best practice methods and tools are available to help primary healthcare professionals encourage women to have a breast screen. Click here to read more.


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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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How to maintain a healthy level of insanity in retirement – part 2
1. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream 'I Won! I Won!'
2. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the car park, yelling “Run for your lives! They’re loose!”
3. Tell your children over dinner: “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go”.
4. Pick up a box of condoms at the pharmacy, go to the counter and ask where the fitting room is.
. Go to a large Department store’s fitting room, drop your pants to your ankles and yell out: “THERE IS NO PAPER IN HERE”!

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And remember


            If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed - Mark Twain