CHILDHOOD OBESITY – A GROWING CONCERN IT SYSTEM FOR TENDER PEN

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					   For circulation to all Practice Staff | 14 November 2008 | Edition 33
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CHILDHOOD OBESITY – A GROWING CONCERN
14-18% of Australian children are now overweight and 4-6% are classified as obese. General Practice plays an
integral role in the identification and management of childhood obesity. Monash University in collaboration with
impetus are conducting a childhood obesity project which aims to improve the detection, assessment and
management of childhood obesity in general practice. The project will be undertaken over a period of 12 months
during which time practices will embark on implementing quality improvement strategies to improve the detection,
assessment and management of obesity in children. A $3000 participation payment and 40 category 1 CME points are
provided on attendance at 3 learning workshops. For further information and registration, please contact Lee Miller at
the Division on 8345 5600.
IT SYSTEM FOR TENDER
Due to a recent upgrade in our computer system, we have a server, 13 PCs (desktops, keyboards, screens etc) and
communications rack for tender. For complete specifications please contact Craig on 8345 5600. Tenders should be
submitted to Carolyn Searle on csearle@impetus.org.au
PEN CLINICIAL AUDIT TOOL TIP – SUMMARY REPORT CARD
You might recall that when the Pen Clinical Audit Tool was installed you might have performed a manual benchmark
of different indicators (No Allergies Recorded, No Smoking Recorded, No Gender Recorded, etc) on a spreadsheet?
As of version 2.1 of Pen, you can find a simple, instant report of some of these indicators as “Summary Report Card”.
In the tool, it is under the “Standard Reports” tab at the far right of the screen, within the self named tab “Summary
Report Card”. This report will make it easier to highlight areas where data quality could be improved. If you do not
have the Pen Clinical Audit Tool yet (provided freely by the Division) or wish to learn more contact Colin Sheppard on
phone 8345 5643 or email: csheppard@impetus.org.au.
FREE CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS TRAINING COURSE
MEND Australia, in conjunction with Girl Guides Victoria, are presenting a FREE One Day Obesity Awareness Training
Course suitable for all health professionals and front line staff working with children and families. The course will be
delivered by specialist health professionals and will provide comprehensive training in family-based community
intervention and prevention programs in addition to offering practical strategies to explore the issue with families. The
course will be offered on two dates Wednesday 26th November or Monday 1st December from 10am-4pm in South
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Melbourne. To register for 26 November visit Website: http://mendodtnov.eventbrite.com/password: mend or for 1st
December Website: http://mendodtdec.eventbrite.com/ password: mend.
PODIATRY SERVICES – MORELAND COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICE
The podiatrists at Moreland Community Health Service provide the following services to people of all ages: education
and information regarding foot care and foot wear. The service can arrange for fit of bespoke and medical grade
shoes. The podiatrists are also able to advise on specific sports shoes for foot type and activity treatment of various
foot conditions. This includes skin and nail problems, specialised wound care, diabetic foot management, minor
neurological and vascular assessment of the lower limb, care for the arthritic foot, and management of autoimmune
conditions with lower limb expression, minor surgery under local anaesthesia to treat ingrown toenails, biomechanical
assessments to determine if problems exist in the skeletal alignment and musculature of the foot and leg during
motion, issue of specialised insoles such as orthoses, which can assist in correcting or accommodating foot and
imbalances, assessment and management of children's foot problems. Everyone is welcome to contact the service for
an initial podiatry assessment. The program particularly targets children, people with complex foot and/or health
problems, frail aged people, and people with disabilities. Health Education and Promotion is an integral part of the
podiatry consultation. The podiatry service aims to meet its clients’ care needs by adopting a Team Based
Management approach. In doing this they attempt at all times to engage the client’s doctor and all other health
providers involved with the client’s care. When appropriate the service works collaboratively with other in-house
service providers. To refer to our service please contact Service Access (intake) Staff on 93199413



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VICROADS’ RESOURCES – THE VICTORIAN OLDER DRIVERS’ HANDBOOK
To assist older and experienced drivers to travel safely on Victoria’s roads, Vic Roads produces The Older Drivers’
Handbook. The Handbook contains six chapters: Driving skills, legal obligations and licensing; Medical conditions;
Medicines; Safe driving practices; Good health and driving; Planning for change and staying mobile. The brochure has
been produced as a resource for non-drivers, and for those contemplating reducing or ceasing driving. It provides
information on transport alternatives, and useful contacts for help and further advice on getting around. For further
information about these publications contact Tricia Williams, Vic Roads Senior Program/Policy Advisor Older Drivers
on phone 9854 2612 or email: tricia.williams@roads.vic.gov.au.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE: A GENERAL PRACTICE APPROACH – 2ND EDITION
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Parkinson’s Australia is excited to announce that the 2 edition of Parkinson’s Disease: A General Practice Approach,
endorsed by the Royal Australian college of General Practitioners, is now available to help guide General Practitioners
in managing patients with Parkinson’s. It is the aim of Parkinson’s Australia that every GP office around the country
will carry and refer to this publication. Please contact Amanda Spillare, Client Services Coordinator, on phone 9540
5915 Parkinson’s Victoria for further information.
TELEPHONE INTERPRETING SERVICE FOR CALD COMMUNITIES
Diabetes Australia – Vic is committed to providing vital information and support to our culturally and linguistically
diverse communities (CALD). If you have CALD patients asking about diabetes, whether it be prevention or
management, please be aware that you can refer them to the Diabetes Australia - Vic Multilingual Info line telephone
numbers, which connect the caller with an interpreter and a DA–Vic health professional (Diabetes Educator,
Dietitian and/or Advocacy Officer). This service is FREE and easy to use. Please refer to direct telephone numbers
below: Arabic 9321 5428; Chinese 9321 5429; Greek 9321 5430; Italian 9321 5431; Turkish 9321 5432; Vietnamese
9321 5433 and other CALD languages 9321 5438.

                                                        EDUCATION
NUTRITION IN THE ELDERLY
Shauna O’Brien, a recognised clinical educator, will explore the importance of nutrition and hydration in the elderly and
provide insightful, realistic information and suggestions covering nutrition and hydration. Date: 26 November Time:
1-3pm Venue: Ardmillan House, 88 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds. If you would like further details, please contact
Di* Stewart at impetusTM on phone 8345 5600.
MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION EVENING – WHAT’S NEW FOR YOUNG PEOPLE?
This information evening will be presented by Northern Division of General Practice. Date: Tuesday 25 November
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (dinner from 7.00 pm) Venue: Northern Division of General Practice, Ground floor, Training
Room, 232 Plenty Rd Preston (Cnr Bell St & Plenty Rd) Speakers from: Northern Melbourne headspace, Youth Early
Psychosis Service, Austin CAMHS, Northern Area Crisis Assessment Team, Northern Division’s Better Outcomes
Program and includes information and discussion of case scenario. For more information please phone 9416 7689.
NEW GP CONSULTANTS AT THE ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Welcome Dr Jennifer Anderson, GP Consultant (Primary Care Liaison) and Dr Alexis Butler, GP Consultant (GP
Education) to Kids Connect, the Royal Children’s Hospital Primary Care Liaison program. Jennifer’s role is to ensure
the GP perspective is a part of relevant RCH activities and planning; Alexis is setting up a GP education and up-
skilling program for paediatrics – both alongside Susan Jury. See Kids Connect (GP Liaison):
www.rch.org.au/kidsconnect or for more information phone 9345 4645.
FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Presented by the "Focus On..." Training Series Date: Wednesday 19th November Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm Cost:
$120 pp. This workshop explores strategies required to work collaboratively and effectively with families. Participants
will have an opportunity to share ideas and their own experiences of working with families. At the completion of this
workshop you will be able to: Describe the concept of family sensitive practice as it applies to young people
experiencing mental health problems; Identify skills to establish and maintain relationships with both the
young person and their families; Discuss issues relating to confidentiality; List and locate resources available to
support families. Venue: ORYGEN Youth Health - Conference Room, 35 Poplar Road, Parkville. You may register
online with credit card at http://www.orygen.org.au. Contact Nazan Yuksel on phone 9342 3744 for more details or
email:training@orygen.org.au.

CARDIOLOGY
This seminar is presented by Harp Education Series. Presenters: Professor Yean Lim, Professor          Director   of
Cardiovascular Therapeutics, Western Health and Dr Joe Morton, Consultant Cardiologist, Western Health. The
topics to be presented and discussed are: Current Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure and Recognition and
Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias Date: Tuesday 18 November Time: 6.30 pm (Registration and Dinner) 7.00
pm – 9.00 pm (Presentations and Discussion)           Location: Western Hospital Auditorium, Gordon St, Footscray
(Located just inside main entrance) For further information contact Kerry Barber at PivotWest on phone 9689 4566.


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