North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1001: January 28, 2010
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                                          Are you contemplating employing a Practice Nurse?    

Professional Development           CPD events         

Chronic Disease Management      New Chronic Disease Management Online Resource

Immunisation                                 PANVAX for children under 10 years, Swine Flu – DoHA concern         

Information Management            Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                            Health Alert re Injecting Heroin Users, News from St Vincent’s, GP news from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Better Health Self Management Course, SunSmart update, GP Network News     

Men’s Health                                  'Go for your life' forum

Mental Health                                Mental Health Advice Line, Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria, Anxiety Support Groups, Mood & Anxiety Disorder Day Program          

News for Practice Staff                 Legal Issues for Practice Managers, Refugee Health Nurse Training 2010     

Paediatrics                                     Practical Paediatrics Program 2010, Paediatric Immunology    

Positions vacant/wanted                

Fun stuff                                            


A Word from the Editor

Are you contemplating employing a Practice Nurse?

Can we help? For further information or request for a practice visit please complete this form or contact us: Janina De Silva or Wendy Reid - Program Officers- Practice Nurse Support.


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Continuing Professional Development

Term 1 GP Lecture Program

Meetings are held each Tuesday starting at 12.30 in the Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Pathology Building, Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health, West Heidelberg. Tea and Coffee provided. Course Leader: Dr Vin Nursey Phone: 9457 1736

Feb 2 - Assessment of Risk in Cardiovascular Disease - Prof Andrew Tonkin

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


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Chronic Disease Management

New Chronic Disease Management Online Resource
The ADMA Integrated Chronic Disease Management Online Clearinghouse stores practical resources and tools relevant to disease management services, plus brief explanations of their development and use, which have been uploaded by their authors where others can then search and access them...more

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ATAGI guidelines of PANVAX for children under 10 years

For the full article by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) on the use of pandemic and seasonal influenza vaccines in children <10 years of age click here.


Swine Flu – DoHA concern
DoHA has reported that only 25% of the available Swine flu vaccine has been accessed since the release of the vaccine & the free vaccination program. Prof Bishop reported in his letter that DoHA is concerned that the swine flu could return to Australia by end of Feb 2010...more


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Finding address and product listings of pharmaceutical companies

Too much time on your hands? Want to see the products of various pharmaceutical companies?

1.      No patient record open

2.      From the Resources menu select Pharmaceutical Companies…

3.      Select a company from the alphabetical list

4.      Click on the Details button for address information and the Products button for that company’s list of products


This weeks IM problem - Adding BP measurements to a letter

Question: When I want to add a patient’s cumulative BP results to a letter, or give a printed copy to a patient do I have to do a screen dump of the Blood Pressure window, or is there an easier way?

Answer: There is a much easier way.

1.      Open LetterWriter.

2.      From the View menu select Data toolbar (or press Control + D).

3.      Click on Clinical details of the Data toolbar and then double click on Measurements.

4.      Click on BP (Sitting) or use the Control key to click on multiple items, such as BP (sitting), BP (Standing) and BP (Lying)

5.      Click Ok and then all the BP measurements are added to the open LetterWriter document.

Note: You can do the same method for other measurements.


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Items of Interest

Health Alert re Injecting Heroin Users

General Practitioners and their staff need to be aware of anthrax infections occurring in injecting heroin users in Scotland and Germany. If heroin available in Australia has originated from the same source, Australian injecting heroin users may also be at risk of anthrax infections. Please read the full alert here.


News from St Vincent’s - Rapid Response to older patients

The Treatment Response and Assessment for Aged Care (TRAAC) team can provide a rapid response to your older patients who are at risk of unnecessary presentation to hospital. It is one of the HARP teams and provides short term case management, referral to flexible services and rapid access to Geriatricians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and other allied health. Our catchment is Boroondara, Yarra and South Darebin. If you have an older patient in this area who is finding it harder to manage at home, has complex needs and worsening health call the HARP Intake number on 1300 131 470. Patients can generally be seen within a few days if needed. Phone: HARP 1300 131 470


The latest GP news from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Available online at the GP resources page of the hospital's website.  Please click here to view or print a copy, or contact Dr Lina Nido, GP Liaison Officer on 9929 8187 or


Better Health Self Management Course

Health Self Management Course in Greensborough, commencing Feb 23rd 2010. The course teaches individuals with chronic conditions self management strategies, including skills around stress management, managing pain and fatigue, healthy eating and exercise, and goal setting. For further information or to register a patient, please contact Veronica on 9430 9155 or Janelle on 9450 2093.


SunSmart update on summer campaigns

Young Victorians and women are the targets of two UV protection campaigns running in Victoria this summer.

·        The Dark Side of tanning focuses on adolescents and young adults, graphically representing the damaging impact of tanning and sunburn. Campaign materials can be found at 

·        Fashion to die for highlights the dangers of solariums and targets 18- 30-year women, who remain the biggest users of solariums. A brochure and poster can be ordered at

Stay tuned for an update on two new GP resources to assist in the promotion of safe UV exposure and vitamin D in Victoria.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Strong focus on general practice in AMA Federal Budget Submission, AMA urges greater support for IMGs, Ask piercing questions about body piercing, ATAGI  flu dosage recommendations for children.


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Men’s Health

'Go for your life' forum: men's health and physical activity

This state-wide physical activity promotion forum will cover the development of the National Men’s Health Policy and wide variety of tools and strategies to engage men with health promoting programs.

Tuesday 16 February, 9.30am to 3pm at William Angliss Institute Melbourne.

Full agenda and registration details will be available soon. To register your interest, contact Sarah-Jane Blunt (03) 8320 0105 or email  Visit the website


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Mental Health

Introducing the Mental Health Advice Line

The Mental Health Advice Line is a new state-wide Victorian phone service that provides immediate, expert mental health advice from a registered mental health professional, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is not a crisis or counselling line or an emergency service. It operates like a ‘front door’ to Victoria’s Mental Health Services. It provides advice to Victorians of all ages and backgrounds across the spectrum of mental health issues, and helps callers link in with appropriate services. The Mental Health Advice Line is similar to the Victorian ‘Nurse-on-Call’ service. It will assist callers to determine the most appropriate mental health service to meet their needs, such as general practitioners, and community health centres, specialist psychiatric triage and emergency departments.

Call 1300 280 737. Calls from anywhere in Victoria are charged at the cost of a local call (mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate). Visit


Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria

Parenting Support Strategies:  (School Refusal) An Information session for parents, teachers and youth workers. By Joanne Garfi, Psychologist

Wednesday, 24th February 2010, 7.30-9pm. At Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote, First Floor, Room 2B. Cost:  $20.00 non-members and $10.00 ADAVIC members.

Bookings essential! Bookings can be made by calling ADAVIC (03) 9853 8089. Or email us at Monies non refundable. Note:  a $2 surcharge fee will apply to invoices.


Anxiety Support Groups: Give your patients another option!

Do your patients suffer from Anxiety and Depression? Do you know that medication is not their only option? Patients requiring extra support may find the answer here…..

A support group allows people to express their feelings, providing a forum for discussion in a safe and confidential environment.

Groups are guided by qualified facilitators who assist in directing discussions and can provide insight and understanding in regards to issues raised.

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC) currently runs support groups in Coburg every Monday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. from the Nicholson Street Community House, 32 Nicholson Street, East Coburg. For more information call ADAVIC on:  (03) 9853 8089 or visit   


Mood & Anxiety Disorder Day Program

A new outpatient treatment program now available at Victoria Court, Mitcham Private Hospital commencing Thursday 11th February, 9am - 3pm. Program held over 8 weeks. At Mitcham Private Hospital, 27 Doncaster East Road Mitcham

The CBT Program is most suited to patients who: Are experiencing an acute episode of depression or anxiety/stress; Need to be able to discuss their current difficulties; Need to learn active strategies for symptom management, problem solving & improvement in mood.

To enquire about special self funded rates, health fund rebates and work cover funding, and for further information contact Nicole Hall - Nurse Unit Manager, Victoria Court Mental Health Unit on 9210 3155  Email:


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News for Practice Staff

Legal Issues for Practice Managers

Wednesday 17th March, 6:30pm – 9.00pm (Dinner Provided) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora. Presented by:  Liberty Sanger, a Principal of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and is a specialist in work place injury law. The information focuses on the administrative aspects of managing injured patients, in particular those who are under the WorkCover or TAC schemes. Flyer.


Foundation House Refugee Health Nurse Training 2010

Intensive Introduction for Nurses - Course designed to include Refugee Health Assessment and Care. Suitable for Refugee, Community and Clinical Nurses who work with patients from a refugee background.

Monday March 22nd & Tuesday March 23rd, 9.30am – 4.30pm At Foundation House, 6 Gardiner St, Brunswick

Further information on upcoming training and registration form is available here


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RCH and Divisions of General Practice Practical Paediatrics Program 2010

On the emailing list yet? If not, send a blank email to: Our schedule for 2010 is nearly confirmed and this is the way you’ll be kept informed. See RCH Primary Care Liaison (Kids Connect):


Paediatric Immunology – new private practice, Dr Dean Tey

Dr Dean Tey, Immunologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital has recently set up in private practice. Referrals can be directed to the Epworth Richmond Consulting Suites, Suite 2.5, 32 Erin Street, Richmond. Tel 9426 8810, Fax 9427 7929. The good news is, as he only just started, his waiting list will be short!  (You may recall Dean from his excellent presentation at the Practical Paediatrics Allergy update at the RCH last year).


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Positions vacant/wanted

Please note: only new ads, paid ads or resubmitted ads will be posted here. All other ads can be found on the website


Positions vacant


Northcote – F/t P/T VR GP or Subsequent Trainee GP position. Fully accredited, computerised, long established doctor owned practice in a new purpose built facility with a fabulous work environment. Ancillary Health, Pharmacy and Pathology services on site. Inquiries Diane Cronin (Practice Manager) 9481 1214. Visit our website 

Practice Staff

Northcote area - Full time/Part time Div 1 of Div 2 Practice Nurse required to assist our medical staff in a busy general practice. Duties include wound care, travel health, immunisatons, health assessments, patient triage and all other duties required in a general practice.  Visit our website for more information. To apply forward your resume to


Andrew Place Medical Clinic - We are a busy, fully computerised, accredited and long established Family Medical Practice in Bundoora. We are looking for a motivated and adaptable Division 1 Nurse to join our supportive friendly team.  We provide opportunity to work autonomously on a wide range of clinical duties including immunisations, wound management, triage, care plans, processing recalls, assisting in minor procedures, chronic disease management and diabetes education. Hours: 8.00am to 4.30pm.  Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the occasional Saturday morning. You may also be required to do holiday relief.  Forward your CV to or contact Michele on 9467 1444


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Need Samples

An old man goes to the doctor for his yearly physical, his wife tagging along.

When the doctor enters the examination room, he tells the old man, "I need a urine sample, a stool sample and a sperm sample."

The old man, being hard of hearing, looks at his wife and yells: "WHAT?" "What did he say? What's he want?"

His wife yells back, "He needs your underpants."


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And remember


            …"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."     - Albert Einstein