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Education Events for Health Professionals


Palliative Care Clinical Attachment for GPs 2020.

Caritas Christi Fitzroy, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Level 6, Building A, Main Hospital, Princes St, Fitzroy.

Tuesdays & Thursdays mornings.

Update your skills in providing palliative care and end-of-life care. (6 Category 2 RACGP QI&CPD Points).

Please note: due to the redevelopment of Caritas Christi in Kew, this clinical attachment is now being held at Caritas Christi Fitzroy.

For further details and to register, please see flyer here.


GP Skin Cancer Workshop, Skin Health Institute.

Skin Health Institute, Level 1, 80 Drummond Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053.

8:30am - 5:30pm Saturday 9 May 2020.

A highly interactive, one-day workshop on skin cancer for GPs, GP Registrars or trainees developed and delivered by senior consultant dermatologists at the Skin Health Institute. It is hands-on, interactive and an excellent opportunity to upskill your diagnosis & management skills. This Workshop has been accredited by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity (formerly known as Category 1) for the 2020-2022 Triennium as Activity No. 188047. 40 CPD points.

For more information, costs and to register: and click here for flyer.


Advance Care Planning One Day Workshops (Free) - GPs and Practice Nurses Invited

St Vincent's Hospital - Medical Education Conference Room. Level 3, Healy Wing (Building C), 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy.

Level 1 Workshop (8:30am - 4:30pm) dates:

  • 2020 dates to be advised.

Topic include:

  • What is Advance Care Planning
  • Benefits of Advance Care Planning
  • The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act
  • Legal implications of Advance Care Planning
  • CaLD and Advance Care Planning
  • Advance Care Planning Conversations
  • Information on new Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation Act 2017

The workshop is open to all healthcare professionals, including GPs and practice nurses. It is free and equips you with the knowledge and skills to participate in Advance Care Planning.

For the flyer, click here and to register, please email:

For more information about Advance Care Planning, go to HealthPathways Melbourne, login and search Advance Care Planning or ACP.
Click here for a summary of Advance Care Planning MBS guidance for GPs and practice nurses.




Free Online Presentations by St Vincent's Hospital Specialists. RACGP QI&CPD Cat 2 points available (2017 - 2019 Triennium)

Available free online. RACGP Category 2 QI&CPD points available when you complete the evaluation.

St Vincent's GP Symposia recorded by praxhub. Register, login and access here:

GP Symposium 2019:


GP Symposium 2018:

  • Functional bowel disease: the four pillars of treatment of IBS explained - Dr Chamara Basnayake
  • Fatty Liver: making the diagnosis, when to worry and what treatment works - Dr Marno Ryan
  • The challenges of breast care in the Google age: customised screening, the worried well and how to get it right! - Miss Caroline Baker
  • Pills or Pot, Placebo or Panacea: pain management in an era of opiate misuse - Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management
  • Demystifying heart failure and pulmonary hypertension – GP management or referral? - A/Prof David Prior & A/Prof Andrew Burns


GP Symposium 2017:

  • Why is difficult asthma difficult? Dr Naghmeh Radhakrishna – Respiratory Physician
  • Why is surgery important in the management of morbid obesity? Mr Michael Hii – Upper GI Surgeon
  • Managing Type 2 Diabetes in 2017. Prof Richard MacIsaac – Director of Endocrinology/Diabetes
  • Updates in uro-oncology: A GP perspective. Mr Lih-Ming Wong - Urologist



Important information for new spinal referrals to St Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne

As of the 23rd September 2019 all spinal referral require the Spinal Assessment and Management Service Referral Form.

Referral Guidelines: Please refer to the Neurosurgery Referral Guidelines for further information. Please see here for Exclusion Criteria. St Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne Neurosurgery Specialist Clinics:

Or you can go to Health Pathways Melbourne:

GP Enquiries: Tel: (03) 9231 2898

Fax referrals: (03) 9231 3489

Health Alert: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Please see the latest information for health services and general practitioners from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Please note; this advice can change daily, so please check this site regularly:

Updates for GPs

StV's Public Hospital discharge summaries are now being sent by HealthLink secure messaging

As from 21 October 2019, our hospital discharge summaries are being sent via HealthLink secure messaging.

If your general practice uses HealthLink and you are not receiving any discharge summaries from StV's Public Hospital, please contact GP Liaison at email:

If your general practice does not have HealthLink, please click here for more information (HealthLink secure messaging for general practices). This is free for general practices.


StV's Specialist Clinic letters use Argus secure messaging

Specialist (Out patient) clinic letters are sent via Argus secure messaging. This is a free service provided by OzeScribe - powered by Argus. To access this free service, please follow these instructions. Please Note: You do not need to set this up if you already receive secure messages via Argus from other hospitals.


Referrals to St Vincent's for patients with a positive FOBT

A reminder, when referring your patients with a positive FOBT to Endoscopy Services to St V's, please indicate clearly on your letter whether the test was done through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).

Patients with a positive FOBT in the NBCSP are fast-tracked and will get their endoscopy with 30 days, so please let us know.

Please use our special Endoscopy Referral form for all referrals where your patient is likely to require an endoscopy. For referral form, click here.

Advance Care Planning information for GPs

St Vincent’s supports Advance Care Planning and has an Advance Care Planning Program called bestCARE. St Vincent’s encourages clinical staff to have discussions with patients and their families, and to assist them to consider and express their informed free and autonomous preferences about their future health care needs and treatment goals.

When you refer patients to St Vincent’s, if they have an Advance Care Plan, please provide this to us. Similarly if a patient you care for is a known St Vincent’s patient and has an Advance Care Plan, please provide this to St Vincent’s. This encourages shared decision making in line with the patient’s values and presences and in accordance with the impending legislation, Medical Treatment, Planning and Decisions Act 2016.

For further assistance with Advance Care Planning at St Vincent's Hospital, please contact the Advance Care Planning Program Manager, Caroline Scott on 9231 2847 or at  or visit our website /our-services/departments-and-services/a/advance-care-planning

Please note: St Vincent’s also offers Advance Care Planning 1 day workshops which are open to GPs and practice nurses (please see "Education Events for Health Professionals" section above or click here to register).

For more information about Advance Care Planning, go to HealthPathways Melbourne, login and search Advance Care Planning or ACP.
Click here for a summary of Advance Care Planning MBS guidance for GPs and practice nurses.

National Health Services Directory:

Please ensure your practice details are up-to-date in the National Health Services Directory (NHDS) so that correspondence about your patient's care can be sent from the hospital.

To update your details in NHSD please Phone: (02) 9263 9092 or Email:



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