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Aged Mental Health GP Free Webinar Series 2021 - Recordings available soon!


Presented through the free praxhub portal by specialists from St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne new Healthy Ageing Service (HAS) for the older adult population with mild-moderate mental illness.

RACGP CPD Activities (2 points per hour)

Webinars 60 minutes each and will be available on praxhub soon:

  • Held Wed 21/4/21 Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia – Professor David Ames
  • Held Wed 5/5/21 Personality Disorder in the Older Adult – Dr Francine Moss
  • Held Wed 19/5/21 Anxiety in the Older Adult – Dr Terence Chong
  • Held Wed 2/6/21 Depression in the Older Adult – Dr Anne-Marie Keogh



Palliative Care Clinical Attachment for GPs TBA 2021.

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.




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:

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions there are no training dates planned for 2021 as at 23/9/20.

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 further information, 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 not yet available for 2020 - 2022 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




St Vincent’s rehabilitation support for patients with post COVID 19 complications

Many patients suffer prolonged physical, cognitive and functional impairments after COVID 19 infection, especially after ICU or other hospitalisation.

St Vincent’s is offering multidisciplinary rehabilitation at Kew or Fairfield sites or via Rehab-in-The-Home for patients in cities of Yarra, Darebin (South of Preston) and Boroondara. For surrounding suburbs, please enquire with the service.

If in isolation, telehealth options are available.

For further information and to refer, click here.


Enquiries: Tel: 1300 131 470

Fax referrals: (03) 9231 2202



IMPORTANT INFORMATION for GPs (Update 13 May 2020)

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Specialist Clinics now accepting referrals

  • St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is now accepting referrals to our Specialist Clinics.
  • Referrals will be supported with telehealth and phone consultation platforms. Some minimal face to face consultation is available.
  • All clinics are able to accept the full range of GP referrals including those seeking an opinion or advice on diagnosis and management.
  • Thank you to all our referrers for your support during this time.

Please don't forget the excellent resource: HealthPathways .


St Vincent’s Fever Clinic for COVID-19 Testing:

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (Fitzroy) has established a Fever Clinic for COVID-19 testing. It is a separate isolated consultation clinic, open 8am – 8pm every day.

Please first refer to the latest information for health services and general practitioners from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services: Note: This advice can change daily, so please check this site regularly.

The St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Fever Clinic COVID-19 hotline can be contacted on 1800 444 511.


St Vincent’s Mental Health Services COVID-19 Update

All functions of the Mental Health Service will continue to operate and is still accepting referrals. However, telephone contact and triaging will replace face to face care where safe to do so. If the usual Mental Health Triage number (Phone 1300 558 862 - 24hrs) is not working, please contact Psych Triage via the hospital switchboard 9231 2211.

More information for general practitioners (GPs): Working Together Through COVID-19.


*Advance care planning and COVID-19: resources for general practitioners*

Older people including those with chronic and/or life limiting illnesses are the most susceptible and have the worst outcomes. If these groups become infected, knowing their preferences for future medical treatment decision-making will be an important element of their health care. Please click on the fact sheet links below:

ACP COVID-19 fact sheet for GPs

Advance care planning frequently asked questions: General Practice

For more information:


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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