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Education Events for Health Professionals

Care of the Older Person 2019, St Vincent's Hospital GP CPD. Saturday 9 November. Registrations open!

St Georges Hospital, 283 Cotham Road, Kew.

Registration from 8:30am, 9:00am - 1:00pm


  • Continence issues in the older person - clinical syndromes and what works in their management
  • Culture, language and challenging conversations in end of life care
  • The complex patient in the community - arranging the care they need
  • General medicine for older persons - deprescribing and tailoring therapeutic targets

Further details on flyer and registration now available.


26th National Symposium on Hepatitis B & C. Saturday 23 November 2019.

Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy.

8:00am - 4:00pm

The Department of Gastroenterology, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne invites GPs, general gastroenterologists, ID physicians, nurses, scientists and community advocates with an interest in treating people with viral hepatitis to our annual update on the current management of chronic Hepatitis B & C. It includes lectures, panel discussions and interactive cases discussing the latest knowledge of how to treat HCV and HBV in primary and tertiary care settings.

Early bird registration opened Monday 16 September at 9:00am. Flyer here, more information and register here.

International speaker: Dr Raymond Chung. Director, Hepatology & Liver Centre. Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

More information here:

Palliative Care Clinical Attachment for GPs 2019.

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:

  • Training completed for 2019. 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


New Edition of RACGP Aged Care Clinical Guide (Silver Book)

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) recently published a new edition of the RACGP aged care clinical guide (Silver Book). The fifth edition provides GPs with up-to-date information on the complex care of older people.

Opportunity for GPs

St Vincent’s Post-Cardiac Arrest Clinic – seeking a General Practitioner to join the team.

In Victoria, 1000 people under the age of fifty die each year after cardiac arrest. St Vincent’s is establishing an innovative multi-disciplinary clinic to assess and support families who have experienced cardiac arrest or death from this age group.

Comprising cardiologists, psychologist and GP, the clinic will run weekly. St Vincent’s is seeking a General Practitioner with good communication skills and an interest in cardiology to join a supportive team in providing care to these families. Interested? For more information click here.

Health Alert: No current health alerts

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).

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:

Secure Messaging:

Are you receiving outpatient letters via secure messaging from St Vincent’s?

You too can save time and receive secure messages by following these instructions.

Please Note: You do not need to set this up if you already receive secure messages via Argus from The Royal Children’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Northern Health or Monash Health.

This is a free service provided by OzeScribe - powered by Argus


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