North East Valley DGP eNews

No 1017: May 27, 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:

Professional Development                 CPD events   

Immunisation                                       Extension of Boostrix Vaccine Program, Legionnaires’ Disease Alert        

Information Management                  New Health Assessment Templates available, Medical Director Tips

Items of interest                                  Closing the Gap, Update from the Orthopaedic Service at Austin Health, Care Planning & Health Assessments, GP Network News          

Mental Health                                      Services for Perinatal Depression    

News for Practice Staff                       Lifestyle Modification Program for the 40-49 year olds + CAT training      

Women’s Health                                  Perineal Clinic - New Service at Mercy Hospital for Women                      

Positions vacant/wanted                            

Fun stuff                                                        


Continuing Professional Development

Lifestyle Modification Program for the 40-49 year olds + CAT training

Tuesday 15 June 7-9pm (Registration: 6:30pm) at North East Valley Division Office. For Practice Managers, Nurses and GPs - This program is for referring patients "at risk" of developing Type 2 diabetes to a FREE 6 session Lifestyle Modification Program, using the time-based item numbers 701, 703, 705 and 707.

Contact: Noel Stewart 9496 4333 Application form.


Making the Connection - The interplay between mental health & chronic disease

Wednesday 23 June 7-9:30pm (Registration/meal: 6:30) at John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University A workshop for GPs, Practice Managers & Practice Nurses. Presented by Dr Lisa Engel. Application Form.


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

June 1- Use of Antidepressants in General Practice - Dr Rodney Smith 

For full term Tuesday lecture program click here


Austin Health - Division of Medicine Grand Round

Implementing a Medical Assessment Unit at Monash Medical Centre: Redesigning medical inpatient care in 2010. Speaker: Professor Don Campbell, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Monash University.

Wednesday 2nd June, 12:30pm at John Lindell Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Lance Townsend Building, Opposite Medical Library. Lunch is now at 1.15pm outside the Lecture Theatre.


Toxicology Forum

Friday 4th June 9am - 1pm. Presented by Austin Health. The forum will be held in Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Austin Tower. 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


For your diary

CPR updates to be held on Tuesday 20th July and Thursday 2nd September. More information to follow.

Travel Medicine Update now scheduled for Wednesday 6th October.


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Extension of Boostrix Vaccine Program

Victoria is extending the free Boostrix vaccine program for new parents to 30 June 2011. The vaccine order form with FAQs overleaf is provided for you to order Boostrix vaccine for your immunisation service. The form will be available shortly from


Legionnaires’ Disease Alert

Notifications for Legionnaires’ disease this year have doubled in numbers compared to the same time period in 2009 and the cause for this is unclear. Legionnaires’ disease should be considered for patients presenting with influenza-like symptoms such as headache, fever, rigors, cough, and myalgia, particularly in those with pneumonia or dyspnoea. Please read the full alert on


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Information Management

New Health Assessment Templates available

An updated MD template for health assessment (non-ATSI 75+ year olds and ATSI 15-55, 55+) is on our website. This includes tick boxes for the appropriate time-based item numbers (701, 703, 705, 707 and 715) as well as space to record nurse and doctor time of the assessment.

Item 715 (ATSI Child Health check) has also been updated. Both can be found under Information Management – IM Resources – Health Assessments. It is suggested you delete the old templates and download and install these new templates.

Other health assessments (4 year check, 45-49) will be updated as time allows – watch this space in next week’s eNews.


Medical Director Tip - Preventive health window

This window appears if certain preventive health care items have not been recorded or need re-recording.

If you want to exclude this window from popping up (not recommended) you click in the Exclude this patient… box. Click on the Customise patient prompts if you want to include or exclude preventive items.

If you want the Preventive health window to appear:

1.   Double click in the middle of the Summary window (Family History, Social History, Past History, Medications, and Preventive Health all appear in the one screen).

2.   The Preventive health window appears - you can now Customise patient prompts or “include” the patient to have prompts.


This weeks IM problem - Entering new height and weight measurements

Question: I have entered the data for the weights/height and waist circumference on some patients. I tend to check the weights much more often that the waist circumference. Unfortunately the previous waist circumference measurement is always present and I then have to delete it before I re-enter the new values and then save – is there anything I can do to permanently leave that box empty of data?

Answer: There are 2 answers to this problem.

First answer

1.   Open the Ht/Wt screen by clicking on the Weight Calculator button in the top row of icons

2.   Click on the Clear button to remove previous waist measurement – this removes the previous Weight and Waist measurements but leaves Height measurement intact (under the assumption that unless the adult patient has had a double amputation of the lower limbs their height remains fairly constant).

Second answer

1.   Click on the Progress tab and then select Examination.

2.   Select the General tab – Height and Weight areas are empty and there is nowhere to type in Waist circumference.


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Items of Interest

Closing the Gap

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates the culture and history of Aboriginal people. It is an ideal time for everyone to think about how we can help turn around the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. National Reconciliation Week 2010 will be held across Australia from 27 May to 3 June and this year marks its 14th anniversary with the theme 'Reconciliation: Let's see it through!' For more information, visit the Reconciliation Australia website.

Update from the Orthopaedic Service at Austin Health

If you would you like: better access for your orthopaedic patients to Austin Health; to know your patients are being triaged more effectively; to know that your most urgent patients can be provided with more timely appointments; to support our efforts to reduce the waiting times for your patient. Then, please support the launch of the Orthopaedic Outpatient Booking Form from June 1st, 2010. This new Form will need to accompany the Outpatient Referral Form, you currently send in to Austin Health Outpatients.

In the next few days you will receive a letter from Andrew Hardidge, Director of Orthopaedics and Mark Petty, Executive Director of Acute Operations explaining the changes and seeking your support to improve our service to your patients. Copies of the new form and guidelines will accompany the letter. Please keep them for your records. The forms will also be able to be accessed via the Austin Health website, and the link is included in the information being forwarded to you.

Please contact Angie Camacho, GP OAHKS Partnership Project Coordinator, on 9496 5682, if you have any queries.  


Do you 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.


GP Network News

This week’s edition includes: Taxation arrangements for the General Practice Rural Incentives Program; AMA National Conference 2010; Trade Practices Act guide for professionals; and Support Family Doctors.


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Mental Health

Services for Perinatal Depression

PANDA has forwarded to the Division their current phone details and these will need to be added to the Services for Peri-natal Depression directory distributed to Practices during 2009. The current phone numbers are: Telephone Support - 1300 726 306; Administration - 9481 3377. Tel (03) 0482 6210 is no longer available.

These changes will need to be made on pages 5, 6 & 7


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News for Practice Staff

Lifestyle Modification Program for the 40-49 year olds + CAT training

See under CPD.


Making the Connection - The interplay between mental health & chronic disease

Also see under CPD.


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Women’s Health

Perineal Clinic - New Service at Mercy Hospital for Women

The Perineal clinic is now open for referrals and will be held monthly on Tuesday mornings. A multidisciplinary clinic is staffed by specialists in Urogynaecology and Colorectal surgery, and supported by Physiotherapists and Continence Clinical Nurse Consultants. It will require GP referrals to be directed to each individual Dr in the team in order for women to be Bulk Billed for their comprehensive assessment and evaluation. In order to assist GPs in making their referrals, a form has been developed that can be found here and will be available for future reference via the website. Ph: 8458 4862, F: 8458 4878. Women suitable for referral would be those with significant birth injuries eg. 3rd and 4th degree anal sphincter injury and significant birth trauma.


Menorrhagia and Other Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

For GPs and other health professionals. This session covers key points and management options of these common problems for women in 2010. Objectives are to be aware of: the differential diagnosis of such problems; the options for women; the benefits and limitations of these options. Speaker: Dr Catarina Ang, Gynaecologist and Head Gynaecology Unit 1 RWH. Tuesday 1st June, 7.30-9.15 pm (Light refreshments 7pm) at The Royal Women's Hospital: Cnr Grattan St and Flemington Rds Parkville. Seminar Room 7D, 7th Floor. RSVP: By 4 days prior to session to Ines Rio on 8345 2064 or email:



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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


Greensborough Road Surgery – GP Locum is required to replace a Principal GP on extended personal leave. Full-time or Part time VR to join our long established family medical practice. Friendly and Professional working environment, fully computerised and accredited practice, excellent remuneration and support.  Two full time RN’s. Please contact Ann McCormack on 9435 0711 or


Heidelberg West - VR GP, wanted Full or Part time with drug/alcohol/pharmacotherapy experience, to join Banyule Community Health. Hours/days are flexible, no weekends and attractive remuneration package. Practice hours are Mon-Fri 8-6. Re-accredited and computerized. Team support includes dedicated Medical Reception, Practice Coordination, Practice Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, with Allied Health, Counselling and Dental services on site.  Contact Meni Stefanovski – Clinical Services Manager, on 9450 2013 or Mob. 0413 018 996 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


North East After Hours GP Clinic - Austin Health is seeking an Expression of Interest from General Practitioners who would like an opportunity to work casual shifts in our clinic which is attached to the Austin Emergency dept. We offer competitive rates and our opening hours are Monday to Friday 7pm – 11pm; Saturday 2pm -8pm; Sunday 4pm – 10pm. To register your interest please contact Hana Wellington – Practice Manager at or 03 94693627


Practice Staff

East Ivanhoe - Friendly General Practice in has a vacancy for an experienced Medical Receptionist. Availability to cover a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends as well as annual leave and sick leave cover. Excellent communication, computer skills and able to work in a team environment essential. Please email applications to:

Positions wanted

Lower Plenty/Ivanhoe area - Div 1 nurse looking to return to General Practice part time – hours flexible. Experienced in wound m'ment, diabetes, immunisation and emergency nursing. With pathology collection skills including gases, ECG, paps. Contact Antonia on 9439 0652/0418 585 596. 


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The Genie

A woman rubbed a bottle and out popped a genie. The amazed woman asked if she got three wishes. The genie said, "Nope, sorry, three-wish genies are a storybook myth. I'm a one-wish genie. So... What'll it be?"
The woman did not hesitate. She said, "I want peace in the Middle East. See this map? I want these countries to stop fighting with each other and I want all the Arabs to love the Jews and Americans and vice-versa. It will bring about world peace and harmony."
The genie looked at the map and exclaimed, "Lady, be reasonable. These countries have been at war for thousands of years. I'm out of shape after being in a bottle for five hundred
years. I'm good but not THAT good! I don't think it can be done. Make another wish and please be reasonable."
The woman thought for a minute and said, "Well, I've never been able to find the right man. You know - one that's considerate and fun, likes to cook and help with the house cleaning, is good in bed, and gets along with my family, doesn't watch sports all the time, and is faithful. That is what I wish for...a good man."
The genie let out a sigh and said, "OK, let me see that map again!"


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And remember


            …Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.