North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1007: March 11, 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:

Chronic Disease Management            Early Arthritis & Lupus Seminars and Dealing with Change Workshop      

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Thinkgp        

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Victorian Cancer Agency, Respiratory Physician, GP Network News          

Mental Health                                      Beyond Benzodiazepines, Psycho-Oncology Day Program  

News for Practice Staff                       Legal Issues for Practice Managers, Setting up Specialist Clinics  

Paediatrics                                           Child & adolescent mental health   

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Chronic Disease Management

Early Arthritis & Lupus Seminars and Dealing with Change Workshop

Arthritis Victoria is a community-based, not-for profit organisation that aims to reduce the incidence and impact of musculoskeletal conditions for people in the community, their carers and their supporting.

We run a number of programs to support community members including:

·        Early Arthritis and Lupus Seminars: for people recently diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis) and systemic lupus erythematosus

·        Self management programs

·        Physical activity programs

For further information and flyers about these programs and other activities visit or call 8531 8000.


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Continuing Professional Development

CPR Update

Tuesday 16th March 6.30pm – 9.30pm (dinner from 6pm) for GPs, practice staff and practice nurses. As part of RACGP QA&CPD Program, GPs have until the end of this year to complete an accredited CPR course. This course meets the requirements for CPR training and has 5 Category 2 RACGP points attached. Flyer.

Another CPR update is planned for 28th April


Immunisation Update

Thursday 25th March, 7-9pm (dinner from 6.30pm) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora.

Presenter: Dr Peter Eizenberg - Influenza, Pertussis and Immunisation Update. Flyer


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

March 16 - Fungal Infections - Dr Jose Yeatman

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

“Discharging patients to residential care – do our patients get the medications we prescribe?” presented by Pharmacists Rohan Elliott and Tim Tran

Wednesday 17th March 12:30pm John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building. Opposite Medical Library. PRECEEDED BY lunch in Education Precinct Breakout Area at 12 noon.


RACGP Workshops

The following workshops are being promoted by the RACGP

Sunday 21st March - Starting out in general practice. Employment options, self care and navigating Medicare – an update for new Fellows and general practice registrars. At Royal

Melbourne Zoo. Flyer.

Saturday 13th March or Saturday 1st May - Psychodynamic principles for general practitioners workshop at Seasons Botanic Gardens. Flyer.


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Thinkgp has a new Special feature in their news section with Peter McIntyre being interviewed about a “broad approach to adult immunisation in general practice” currently available.

Any health professional can access this by registering – for free – at

There is also Immunisation Saves Lives 6 x 1hour education modules developed by ACT and NSW SBO immunisation coordinators available at this site


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Quick way of choosing from a template list

When choosing from the drop down list of templates in LetterWriter you can either scroll through the list, or more quickly, type the first letter of the template name, e.g. M to jump to Medical Certificate. If you slowly typed M and then E it would jump to the templates beginning with M and then back to those starting with E.

However if you quickly type M then E it would take you to templates starting with ME. If you are quick enough you could even type the first 3 letters. This is especially convenient where you have a number of different templates that begin with the same letter.

You may wish to use this method with other drop down lists.


This weeks IM problem - Adding to the coded list in progress notes

Question: How can I modify the coded list for “Reasons for contact” for the Progress Notes?

Answer: This question pops up quite frequently so I repeat the answer. There is no way any Joe Blow can modify the coded list. If you could it would be a dog’s breakfast. All consistency would be lost. Can you imagine the weird and wonderful reasons that would be added if it were open slather. Any GP can contact Dr Andrew Magennis at HCN for suggested additional coded items: or you can send them to Noel and I will forward them to Andrew.


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Items of Interest

Victorian Cancer Agency

The VCA has just released their research funding for 2010.  For further information and how to apply, please visit the VCA website


Respiratory Physician

Having completed training through Box Hill and Austin Hospitals, Respiratory and Sleep medicine physician, Dr Vivek Malipatil, has commenced private practice at 18 Martin St, Heidelberg 3084 (Ph: 9457 1837, Fax: 9457 4646). Both outpatient and inpatient services (Warringal Private, Northpark Private Hospitals) will be provided. Referrals from all members of the division are most welcome.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA responds to major health reform announcement, National clinical practice guidelines portal.


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Mental Health

Beyond Benzodiazepines

The Division has electronic copies of “Beyond Benzodiazepines – Helping People Recover from Benzodiazepines Dependence & Withdrawal” 2010 edition.

A 78 page pdf developed by Reconnexion designed for health practitioners to assist people who are dependent on benzodiazepines.


Psycho-Oncology Day Program

The Melbourne Clinic in Richmond is currently accepting referrals for their Psycho-Oncology Day Program. This is a structured day program running on a Monday. This program offers psychological treatment and emotional support to cancer sufferers who experience moderate to severe psychosocial distress and adjustment difficulties. This day program aims to minimise the psychological impact of cancer and its treatment, assisting in enhancing quality of life. Contact Lily on 0457 818 273 and fax referral to 9427 7558 (addressed to ‘Dear Doctor @ TMC’)


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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.


Setting up Specialist Clinics

Small group learning for Practice Nurses on Tuesday 23rd March, 7- 8.30pm (dinner from 6.30pm) at NEVDGP Board room, 1st Floor, Pathology Building, Austin Health, Repatriation Hospital (Map). See flyer for registration. Tel: 9496 4333


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Child & adolescent mental health

Practical Paediatrics Program Part 1 2010

Thursday, April 15th 7-9pm - 6:30pm register & light refreshments at Royal Children’s Hospital – Vernon Collins Lecture Theatre. Flyer.


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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 – GP required for 1 session (2-3 hours) per week at an independent living retirement village. There is a fully equipped doctor’s office and computer with Best Practice installed and a nurse to assist with appointments etc. during the session. Call Gill on 8467 0466.


Montmorency - GP needed to join 10 doctor busy family practice. Accredited, fully computerised, purpose built clinic. Supported by Div 1 nurses, pathology on site. Flexible hours. No AH or on-call, excellent remuneration and support. Call Kay on 03 9435 1144 or Email:


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


Northland Shopping Centre - VR GP's required to work in this GP owned and operated modern medical centre. Opening April/May 2010, a friendly and supportive team environment will be created in this fully modern and computerised medical centre with allied health, pathology and radiology also to be on site. Excellent remuneration and 3 month minimum payments guarantee offered! Significant incentives also offered to clinics or GP's in the immediate area who relocate to the centre. Please contact Dr Rod Aziz on 0412 200 180 or on for more details.

Positions wanted

Want help with Care Planning & Health Assessments? - A professional service conducted by a Division 1 RN performing MBS Primary Care Items for doctors local to the NEVDGP. Italian spoken. Call Glenda at HEALTHPOWER on 0448 681 048 or email for further information.


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Doctor’s Receptionist

An older gentleman had an appointment to see the urologist who shared offices with several other doctors. The waiting room was filled with patients. As he approached the receptionist's desk, he noticed that the receptionist was an unfriendly looking woman with a very unpleasant attitude. He gave her his name.

In a very loud voice, the receptionist said, “YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE; YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT?”
All the patients in the waiting room looked up at the very embarrassed man.  He recovered quickly and in an equally loud voice replied, “NO, I'VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON'T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS.”

The room erupted in applause!


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And remember


            … If a pig loses its voice, it becomes disgruntled.