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					                                       Friday Facts                                                 13 May 2011

                                       Phone: (3) 9569 5077      Fax: (3) 9569 5383        E-mail:

This week:
Enquiries for Immunisation and LMPs                            Mitcham Private Hospital Mother Baby Unit
Managing Risky Drinking in Primary Care                        Two Day Diabetes Update for Nurses
General Practice Requests for Assistance                       Other Upcoming Events
The Compassionate Friends
Patient Notifications from Southern Health

Forthcoming gmGPn Events:
                                                                                                        gmGPn Contact
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Training          Saturday 14 May              Chris Edmonds
Managing Risky Drinking in Primary Care                                    Wednesday 15 June            Chris Edmonds

Enquiries for Immunisation and Lifestyle Modification Programs
Last week staff at gmGPn said Bon Voyage to Sarah Carpenter as she heads off to Europe for a six week vacation.
If you have any enquiries relating to Immunisation or LMP during her absence please contact the Division and ask
for Wendy Thomas or Chris Edmonds.

Managing Risky Drinking in Primary Care
Please note the flyer that was sent out this week had the incorrect date. The flyer should have
read Wednesday 15 June. For all enquiries and to register please contact Chris
Edmonds. This event is open to the entire practice team.

General Practice Requests for Assistance with RACGP Accreditation
Periodically general practices request a high degree of assistance with their RACGP Accreditation requirements, by
an experienced general practice staff member who has been through the accreditation process and can instigate
systems in a general practice. If there are any practice staff experienced in RACGP Accreditation who would be
interested in providing this service to other general practices, please contact Wendy Thomas at Greater Monash GP
Network on telephone 9569 5077 or .

The Compassionate Friends Vic Inc.
Community education and grief awareness services include: 24/7 telephone support, bereaved parent & sibling
support groups, grief seminars, library, information brochures on grief, bi monthly magazine, social activities and
research. 24 Hour Grief Support Telephone Service: (03) 9888 4944. Free call 1800 641 091

Patient Notifications from Southern Health
In recent weeks Southern Health have conducted a trial of faxing patient notifications from Southern Health to a se-
lect group of GP’s when their patients have been admitted, discharged or die . These faxed notifications run on a 24
hour cycle and the faxes have been delivered to GPs overnight.
This trial has been very successful, hence Southern Health will now commence notifying all GP’s when a patient of
theirs meet any of the three identified triggers. It is anticipated that this system will ‘go live’ to the general GP popula-
tion on May 11.
Southern Health will continue to work on additional triggers for GP notification, the next trigger to be developed is a
birth notification. In addition work will continue on enhancing the current discharge notification to include discharge
The GP Liaison Officer for this project is Christine Prendergast, should you have any suggestions or queries related
to this project please contact her by email .

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Mitcham Private Hospital Mother Baby Unit - Residential and day programs for
mothers and their infants.
The recently renovated Mitcham Private Mother Baby Unit is staffed by an experienced and caring team of medical
professionals, who can assist families struggling with issues associated with infant irritability and settling, feeding
problems, maternal exhaustion and anxiety. Places are currently available for babies up to 12 months old. Mitcham
Private Hospital Mother Baby Unit Tel: 03 9210 3134
Referral forms and further information can be found at

Two Day Diabetes Update for Nurses
Diabetes Australia – Vic holds two day update sessions in Melbourne and Geelong for division 1 nurses working in
general practice to update their diabetes management skills and knowledge. The seminar covers a variety of areas
including anatomy/physiology overview, medications, monitoring, nutrition, physical activity, complications, psycho-
logical aspects, foot care, hyperglycaemia, hypoglycaemia and care systems overview. The next seminar is sched-
uled for 19 and 20 May 2011 at DA-Vic 570 Elizabeth Street Melbourne. DA-Vic member $300 – non-member $350.
For further information please visit

Other Upcoming Events
HIV in Primary Care
Date: Sunday May 15, 2011 Time: 8.45am - 5.00pm Venue: General Practice Victoria 458 Swanston St Carlton. For
more information contact Michelle Wills 9341 5226 or email
Haematology Update for General Practitioners
Wednesday 18 May 2011, 7.15 – 9.15pm , dinner from 6.15pm.. Epworth Richmond, Auditorium, Level 2, 89 Bridge
Road. For more information and to register, contact Jenny Jones on P: 9426 8504 or email
When do you need to send your patient to a Specialist?
Tuesday 24 May, 6.30 – 7.00pm (Registrations), 7.00 – 9.15pm (Presentations and dinner). Clover Cottage, 54 Ma-
nuka Road, Berwick. Speakers: Uro-Gynaecology and Pelvic Floor Surgeon: Dr Salwan Al-Salihi, Obstetrics and
Gynaecology: Dr Kiran Kalian. RSVP: Jenny Jones Ph: 9426 8504 or
BBVs and STIs - Clinical Management in General Practice: Engaging your Aboriginal Clients
Saturday 28 May, RACP Level 2, 417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004. 8.30am – 4:30pm (Lunch provided)
Register online at: Registrations Close: Friday 20th May2011. For further details contact:
Arnawaz Merchant Tel: 02 8204 0767. Email:
Update on Cancer Screening and Risk Factors
Prostate, breast, bowel, ovarian cancer and more. Saturday June 18th, 9am (registrations) 9.20 -1.30pm
(presentation). Jack Brockhoff Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Peter Mac, St Andrews Place, East Melbourne. For more
information please contact Philippa Davis at the Cancer Council Victoria: Email:,
fax 03 9635 5360, or phone 03 9635 5049

Need some spice in your GP life?
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scenery or more variety in your working week or are you working part time or are you thinking about retiring soon?
Add flavour by becoming an AGPAL GP Surveyor today.
Visit or call 300 362 111

Tinnitus Counselling and Management Seminars
The Tinnitus Association of Victoria provides a free telephone counselling service by experienced counsellors for
tinnitus patients and their families. The Association also conducts bi-monthly two hour seminars for people who are
newly diagnosed with tinnitus or those whose lives are adversely affected by this condition. Widely recommended by
medical professionals these bi-monthly two hour seminars provide people with the techniques, knowledge and un-
derstanding to successfully manage their tinnitus. The next seminar is Sunday 15th May. Please note there is a cost
involved. For enquiries phone 9755 2238 or register at

Glen Waverley—VR GP FT/PT required for mixed billing, friendly, busy, long established General Practice in Glen
Waverley to replace retired doctor. We are computerised, have Practice Nurse (RN Div 1), pathology on site and
registered for accreditation. Remuneration negotiable. Please call Frances, Mob. 0414843911 for further details.

Glen Waverley - Doctor owned, long established, well respected, medical practice requires Registered Division 1
Nurse for the position of P/T Practice Nurse. Friendly family practice, hours to suit. Generous remuneration.
Experience preferred, but training provided for the right applicant.. For further details contact Frances on
0414843911 during business or after hours.