North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1015: May 12, 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                                                Lifestyle Modification Program       

Professional Development                 CPD events   

HMR                                                      Genetic testing, Drugs & driving     

Immunisation                                       Pneumococcal vaccinations due for 70 year olds   

Information Management                  Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  A Workshop for Patients, MBS changes, GP Network News           

News for Practice Staff                       New Technology for the Progressive Practice, ELearning 10997, Graduate Certificate in Nursing           

NPS                                                       COPD audit enrolments now open, National Medicines Symposium 2010 

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


A Word from the Editor

Lifestyle Modification Program

The division continues its roll out of the Lifestyle Modification Program for the 40-49 year olds. We have developed a number of resources to assist the recruitment and referral process to this program:

·        a choice of 3 waiting room posters (we will laminate and deliver)

·        an A4 information sheet for patients

·        an explanatory sheet of what is covered in the 6 session LMP

·        the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool

There is an order form on our website in a special area set up for this program. Click here for a link to the website where you will also find MD templates for recalling patients “at risk” of developing Type II diabetes as well as specialised referral letters. If you need more information or want to get involved with this program contact Noel via email or call 9496 4333.


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Continuing Professional Development

Term 2 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

May 18 - Cataract Surgery – Risks and General Practice Management of post-operative problems - Dr Weng Ng

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Paediatric Allergy Update

Saturday 22 May 9-1pm (8:30am registration) Learning areas include Food allergy, Anaphylaxis, Eczema; Snotty noses & Urticaria. Registration form here.


8th Australasian Lymphology Conference

Thursday 27 May 7-8.30pm (Registration: 6pm) at The Sebel Albert Park, Queens Rd, Melbourne. For registration and more information see flyer.


Toxicology Forum

Austin Health is presenting a Toxicology Forum on Friday 4th June from 9am - 1pm. The forum will be held in Lecture Theatre Level 4 Austin Tower. The forum is open to all FACEM's, EM Trainees, GPs, Pharmacists and other clinicians interested in toxicology. To find out more information and/or to RSVP (catering purposes) by 28th May contact


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Home Medicines Review

Genetic testing

This is an interesting website for clinical interpretation service for pharmacogenetic testing leading to a personalised dosage of the correct medication -


Drugs & driving: the place of medication reviews in improving safety for older road users 

This article includes a chart indicating the affects a medication may have on a driver.


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Pneumococcal vaccinations due for 70 year olds

Nearly 800,000 people received their first dose of pneumococcal vaccine in 2005 at the age of 65 and are now due for their booster dose. The second dose is due after five years. Practices are encouraged to recall their eligible patients who are 70 years or older now before winter really sets in.
As many of the first doses of pneumococcal will have been entered in the patient notes rather than as an immunisation encounter, practices may find that the normal software prompts are ineffective in finding eligible patients and these people may miss their second dose if further action is not taken.


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Information Management

Medical Director Tip - Multiple reasons for contact

Multiple reasons are recorded as Reason for contact – these can be seen under the Reason for contact column of previous progress notes. The reasons appear in the order you type them in, not alphabetically as someone suggested to me.


This weeks IM problem – What happens to the values entered in the diabetes assessment

Question: I use the Add Values of the Diabetes Record to record several values, HbA1c plus Height/Wt and BP. What happens to these?

Answer: These values are placed in the right places of the patient record (e.g.BP record) but not recorded in the current progress note as having been done. No record of a diabetes values having been entered appears in the progress notes. You need to go back to the Clinical menu ->Diabetes Record… and look under Major parameters: to see the previously recorded values.


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Items of Interest

A Workshop for Patients - Using the Internet to Help Manage Your Health

Information specialists from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the State Library of Victoria are offering free computer-based workshops for the public. Find out the best health sites, how to source useful information and how to better understand and manage your health care. 6 dates to choose from – Wednesdays 4-6pm on June 9, July 7 or August 4 and Fridays 10-12md on June 25, July 23 or August 20. At State Library of Vic, 328 Swanston St Melbourne.

Bookings are essential – email or call 8664 7099.


MBS changes

For a succinct summary of the MBS changes from Australian Doctor that might be of use. Click here.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: AMA and RANZCO oppose Chloramphenicol rescheduling; Community pharmacy agreement – Government puts patients at risk; Checking registration details with the Medical Board of Australia; Bulk billing incentive items.


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News for Practice Staff

New Technology for the Progressive Practice

Saturday 19th June Professional Development Day hosted by Australian Association of Practice Managers. Practice Managers face a number of challenges when working in a rapidly changing and competitive environment. This program will provide you with information to ensure your practice has its own competitive edge and to provide high quality service to your clients. For more information and registration click here.


ELearning 10997 – FREE UNTIL 30 June 2010

Hosted on the Royal College of Nursing Australia website, this program was developed in collaboration with the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and is of particular interest for Practice Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers.


Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice)

The University of the Sunshine Coast offers this accredited course in collaboration with the Australian General Practice Network. Enrolment commences June 2010.
This Graduate Certificate is offered as a distance learning course in three consecutive modules offered through AGPN with University adjunct tutors across the country.
The final module is approved by the university directly. Should you have any questions contact Connie Ryan, Principal Network Adviser, Australian General Practice Network: (02) 6228 0820 or


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National Prescribing Service

NPS Audit update – COPD audit enrolments now open

Enrolments for the Management of stable COPD and smoking cessation audit are now open. This is the second out of three paper clinical audits available for the QPI year: 1 May 2010 – 30 April 2011. The remainder of the audits (another 3) will be in the e-Audit format (all done online). Unlike many other audits GPs are being asked to select only 10 patients who have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), preferably current smokers. Best practice guidelines will be used to review current patients, implement change and monitor their progress. The use of spirometry in confirming a diagnosis, recording smoking status and cessation strategies will all be looked at, along with the need for introducing short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators. A COPD audit sample pack can be viewed online at where you can also enrol. Enrolment forms can also be completed with your details and faxed back to NPS.


National Medicines Symposium 2010 

Only 2 weeks to go, don't forget to register to attend NMS 2010 (In Melbourne this year!)

With a stellar line up of international and national speakers the final program and detailed speaker abstracts are now available at Use this link or telephone 07 3848 2100 for further details.


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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


Banyule Community Health - seeks a VR GP, Full or Part time with drug/alcohol/pharmacotherapy experience, to join our long established re-accredited and computerised practice in Heidelberg West. Hours/days are flexible. No weekends. Team support includes Medical Reception, Practice Coordination, Practice Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, also Allied Health, Counselling and Dental services on site.  Contact Meni Stefanovski – Clinical Services Manager, on Tel. 9450 2013, Mob. 0413 018 996 or email


Thornbury - F/T P/T VR GP or subsequent Trainee GP required for a doctor owned practice established over 30 years. Fully accreditated, computerised, purpose built clinic with your own consultation room. Friendly and very professional working environment, with nurse support.  Excellent remuneration.  Email or telephone Evelyn on 9484 7762


Practice Staff

Thornbury - Medical receptionist required for part time position in a busy fully computerised, accredited and long established family medical practice. Hours to be negotiated.  Work in a friendly supportive environment with excellent remuneration. Email your resume and application letter to or contact Evelyn on 9484 7762.

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After last week’s appalling joke we have decided to become philosophical

“To do is to be” - Socrates

“To be is to do” - Sartre, Jean-Paul

“Do-be-do-be-do” - Sinatra, Frank


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And remember


            …Never test the depth of the water with both feet.