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2023 Headache Masterclass for Primary Care – Register Now!

Brought to you by The Australia and New Zealand Headache Society (ANZHS) in collaboration with Migraine & Headache Australia.

Free Online Event Saturday 25 March 2023 (9:00am – 4:30pm AEDT)

This one-day virtual Masterclass is designed for Australian general practitioners and primary care workers to provide a practical, real-world, guide to managing headache and migraine patients. Based around four inter-woven case studies, and facilitated by Dr Anita Muñoz (GP/medical educator), leading local and international experts will be discussing:

  • Their approaches to assessing headache in new patients,
  • The range of triggers that are known to cause headaches, and
  • The latest pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to managing acute and chronic headache disorders.


St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne neurologists were involved in the Education Steering Committee for this Masterclass:

  • A/Prof Lauren Sanders, Head of Stroke Unit, Neurologist, Department of Neurosciences, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (chairing Session 1).
  • Dr Christina Sun-Edelstein, Head of the Headache Service, Neurologist, Department of Neurosciences, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (presenting in Session 1).


There will be plenty of opportunity throughout the Masterclass to have your questions answered by the panel of experts.

For the full program and to register, please click here.

Praxhub is a CPD education provider under the RACGP CPD Program (6 hour CPD accredited event) 



GP Webinar: St Vincent’s Melbourne Home Based Services – ‘Better@Home’?

Video now available on-demand. 



This webinar was held on Tuesday 4 October 2022 and the video is now available on-demand via this link:

This free webinar will provide an orientation to the increasing range of @Home services on offer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, including patients and presentations that can be cared for via home-based services, referral pathways and the GP’s role in these models of care.

3 RACGP CPD program points allocated (1.5 hours)

Presented through the free Praxhub portal by specialists from St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne




Dr Rachael Sutherland, GP Liaison Consultant, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

Introduction to St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Better@Home

Dr Richard Kane - Clinical Director of Geriatric Medicine, Home & Community Services, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.


Dr Beth La Brooy - Consultant Geriatrician and Medical Lead Better@Home, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.


Dr David Murphy - Director of Rehabilitation, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

Other @Home Services

Dr Beth La Brooy - Consultant Geriatrician and Medical Lead Better@Home, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

Q&A Panel discussion


GPs will be prompted to login (or Register - free) to Praxhub to access this page, and this step will facilitate GPs then receiving their CPD certificate post-webinar.


Praxhub is an authorised Provider of education under the RACGP CPD Program.

More information about Praxhub:

Supported by Eastern Melbourne Primary Care Network:


Don’t forget HealthPathways Melbourne for referral pathways:

Then search using the keywords:

  • Frailty in Older Adults
  • Unexpected Deterioration in an Older Adult





Aged Mental Health GP Free Webinar Series 2021 - Recordings available

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 2022.

Caritas Christi in Kew.

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 COVID-19 Restrictions this clinical attachment has been on hold until further notice.


Advance Care Planning Education for GPs and Practice Nurses

Advance Care Planning Australia offers free webinars for Health Professionals, and other training opportunities 

Excellent links to resources available at 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.

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:




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 Melbourne



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:


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 HealthPathways 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 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 Directive, please provide this to us. Similarly if a patient you care for is a known St Vincent’s patient and has an Advance Care Directive, 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 Medical Treatment, Planning and Decisions Act (VIC) 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 1938 or at  or visit our website /our-services/departments-and-services/a/advance-care-planning. 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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