North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1441: November 26, 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                                                A Word from the Editor       

Aboriginal Health                                Indigenous Conferences

Immunisation                                       Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre, Immune Hero

Information Management                  Medical Director, Best Practice & General Computer Tips

Items of interest                                  Video updates on myeloproliferative neoplasms, GP Network News

Mental Health                                      Physical Health and Serious Mental Illness Forum

News for Practice Staff                       APNA newsletter

Women’s Health                                  Breast and bowel cancer screening in women over 50      

Positions vacant/wanted                  

Fun stuff                                              


A Word from the Editor

2014 – The year that was

With the start of December next week, it is time to reflect on another year of change. The Federal Government proposed a raft of changes to Health funding in its 1st budget most of which are still languishing in the Senate and unlikely to be implemented at least in their current form. The long awaited and anticipated Medicare Local review resulted in the recommendation, since adopted, to replace Medicare Locals with larger organisations known as Primary Health Networks to commence on July 1st, 2015. The Division has been supportive of this change. We finally saw the boundaries for these new PHNs in early November, and the ‘North East’ Valley will become the ‘North’ and ‘East’ Valley, where ¾ of our practices will be in the Eastern Region and ¼ will be in the North Western Region. The tender details which will set out the functions and programs to be implemented by the new PHNs had, at the time of writing, not been released. 


Ongoing Support

The Division has continued to support its practices during 2014 within the constraints of available funding, with regular eNews, Faxstreams and occasional CPDs. In addition Noel and Wendy continued to visit a wide range of practices offering practical support in Information Management, Immunisation, Accreditation and Practice Networks. Our Mental Health Nurse program goes from strength to strength with 700 sessions available for the 2014-15 year.


2015 – The year to come

As indicated in last week’s eNews, the Division will effectively be going into recess for December/January to conserve our remaining funds, but contact can still be made with essential staff as indicated. As for the future, who knows? The Division has had discussions with potential organisations intending to respond to the government’s tender process and we have indicated our interest in supporting GP-centred programs and support in our geographical area. We believe that we probably have sufficient remaining funds to continue to June 2015 at this stage.


Our Board & staff

I would like to say a huge thank you to our remaining staff and Board members who have continued to support us believing that we CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. In particular I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our chairman Dr Peter Eizenberg, who has worked tirelessly to achieve change in existing Primary Care support. We have achieved our goals for 2014 and hope to continue to enjoy your support in 2015. In the meantime enjoy a happy and safe break over the holidays and a prosperous start for the New Year.


Ken Mansbridge



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Aboriginal Health

Indigenous Conferences

World Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference: December 8-10 in Cairns

The World Indigenous Health Conference: December 15-17 in Cairns.

For more information and registration click here.


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Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC)

This site provides up to date immunisation information for  healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults


Immune Hero

This site provides information about immunisation that is relevant for secondary students, teachers, parents and school coordinators.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Best ever LetterWriter hint – switching between LetterWriter and Patient screen

Rather than minimising LetterWriter to show the patient screen there is a much simpler way to toggle between the LetterWriter full screen and the patient clinical full screen.

When in LetterWriter, simply hold down the Control key and press Tab to switch to the patient screen. Control + Tab gets you back to LetterWriter.


Best Practice Tip - Switching between LetterWriter and the patient screen

This can be handy if you want to refer to your notes while in LetterWriter, or maybe even copy and paste some information between the patient screen and LetterWriter.

1.      Open a LetterWriter template

2.      Press Alt + Tab and this will take you back to the patient screen.

3.      Pressing Alt + Tab again will return you to LetterWriter.

Of course you can switch between the two (or three, as you can also go to the front screen of BP) by clicking on the BP icon in the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen and clicking on which part of BP you wish to go to – Main screen, Patient screen or LetterWriter.


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Items of Interest

Video updates on myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) with haematologist Professor Ruben Mesa MD, Mayo Clinic, USA 

MPNs are rare chronic blood cancers that result from acquired stem cell mutations. In Australia each year, 650 people are newly diagnosed with a MPN according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 

MPN is an overarching term for eight chronic myeloid malignancy subtypes, according to the World Health Organisation. Three of these subtypes – polycythaemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythaemia (ET) and myelofibrosis (MF) – are interrelated. People living with these subtypes are at risk of blood clots and bleeding, as well as many other debilitating disease symptoms that affect their overall quality of life. There also is a risk that their disease may progress to myelofibrosis (PV and ET) or an acute leukaemia (AML).

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to controlling elevated blood counts to reduce thrombotic risk, manage symptoms, and improve patients’ quality of life. In these short (6-minute) videos, Dr Mesa, who has worked extensively in the area of MPN, discusses the treatment and management of ET, PV and MF and shares updates from the 55th American Society of Haematology (ASH) meeting (December 2013). These videos have been verified by two Australian haematologists regarding their relevance to current Australian standards of care.  

Essential Thrombocythaemia Update 2014 - Mayo Clinic: click here

Polycythaemia Vera Update 2014 - Mayo Clinic:   click here

Myelofibrosis Update 2014 - Mayo Clinic: click here

For more information on MPN – go to the Leukaemia Foundation  or the MPN Education Foundation


GP Network News

This week’s edition can be found here.


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Mental Health

Physical Health and Serious Mental Illness Forum

Why are people with mental illness dying early and what can we do about it? Wednesday 26th November 6.30-9pm at NEAMHS 77 Hawdon St, Heidelberg.

You are invited to meet with the Medical Director, Assoc Prof Richard Newton and the Manager, Sharon Sherwood of the North East Area Mental Health Service to examine the clinical issues and directly express your views on how GPs and NEAMHS can work more collaboratively to improve the physical health of mentally ill patients. See flyer.


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News for Practice Staff

APNA newsletter

Latest APNA newsletter available here.


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Women’s Health

Breast and bowel cancer screening in women over 50

It is estimated that up to 40% of cancer diagnoses could be prevented through lifestyle interventions leading to healthy diet and weight, regular exercise and avoidance of tobacco products.
In this ThinkGP interview, Dr. Jillian Evans and Professor James St John consider the need to screen female patients over the age of 50 for breast and bowel cancer. Click here to view the video.


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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.


headspace Collingwood - currently seeking part-time or sessional GPs. A position is available for an enthusiastic and compassionate GP/s to join our team which consist of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Youth Workers, Alcohol and Drug Counsellors and specialist Div 1 nurses. GPs with an interest in one or more of the following: mental health, sexual health, drug and alcohol, nutrition and with a genuine interest in young people between the ages of 12 to 25 should apply. To find out more and obtain a position description, please contact Janina De Silva, Practice Manager on 9417 0150 or


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


Hurstbridge – Wonderful opportunity available for VR GP to join our fully computerised, accredited Medical Centre located Outer Metro in a lovely leafy semi-rural environment.  A fabulous, friendly work environment with Nursing staff support and Ancillary Health.  Contact Heather Fisher (Practice Manager) 9718 2611, 0407 355 035 or


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

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


Eltham - Practice Nurse required for a friendly, busy computerised accredited General Practice. Must have a min of 2 years Practice experience; be competent with Medical Director, Microsoft Excel & Word and knowledge of MBS billing and chronic disease management desirable. Hours: 8:30am to 3pm -Thurs & Friday and alt Wed. (Possibility to extend hours). Please send resume to The Practice Manager, 700 Main Road, Eltham or email:


Fitzroy North - Experienced practice nurse required by Northside Clinic, a general practice that specialises in HIV management, sexual health and GP services for the GLBTI Community. Three days per week Monday - Wednesday 8.30am - 5.00pm. Contact Roslyn Borg, Manager on (03) 9485 7714 or email for a position description.


Fitzroy North – Seeking to employ a casual receptionist with the potential of the position becoming permanent.  Excellent working conditions and remuneration offered, some Saturday morning's may be required. Contact Roslyn Borg, Business Manager on (03) 9485 7714 or email for a position description.


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).

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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Changing your Password

"Sorry, your password has been in use for 30 days and has expired - you must register a new one."

"Sorry, too few characters."
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"Sorry, you must use at least one numerical character."
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"Sorry, you cannot use blank spaces."

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"Sorry, you cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively."

"Sorry, you must use no fewer than 20 total characters."

"Sorry, you cannot use punctuation."

"Sorry, that password is already in use."


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And remember


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