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St. Vincent’s Annual GP Symposium 2018

Supporting General Practice   QA&CPD 8 points

Date:    Saturday 21st  April 2018

Venue: GG Restaurant

             Clarendon Room

             158 Clarendon Street

             East Melbourne 3002

Time:   8.30am-1.00pm – morning tea included

(Registration from 8.00am)

Chair - Dr Dave Isaac, GP

      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

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Advance Care Planning 1 Day Workshops 

St Vincent's Hospital - 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Healy Wing Level 3 Clinical Education & Simulation Centre Conference Room

Level 1:

  • Friday 20 April 2018    
  • Thursday 9 August 2018
  • Monday 3 September 2018
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

This one day workshop covers what Advance Care Planning (ACP) is, the current legal framework, communication skills, cultural considerations and the St Vincent’s bestCARE model. The workshop is open to all healthcare professionals. It is free and equips you with the knowledge and skills to participate in Advance Care Planning.

Level 2 (open to those who have completed Level 1 ACP workshop): Dates 2018 TBA.

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

This builds upon the skills and information taught in the level 1 workshop, including ACP and the law, CaLD, consumer panel, Q&As.

To register, please click on the link and select your workshop date (NB: Enter 000000 under SVHM ID)

For further information contact Caroline Scott on phone: 9231 2847 or email:


Palliative Care Clinical Attachment for GPs 

St Vincent’s Caritas Christi, Kew.

Ongoing: Tuesdays & Thursdays.  More information and to book your place.

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


Online learning modules presented by St Vincent's Hospital Specialists 

Presentations by St Vincent's Hospital clinicians are now available online.

Please view the videos below and complete the evaluation to obtain CPD points. You will need to sign up to praxhub and click on the modules below (you will need to login to access these free modules):

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


Health Alert: Mycobacterium chimaera - Update August 2017

In the coming month, hospitals throughout Victoria will be writing to patients regarding a potential exposure to a bacterium called Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) from heater-cooler units used during cardiac bypass procedures. The risk of acquiring M. chimaera is very low. Approximately 100 patients have been diagnosed with this infection worldwide and only five in Australia. One case has been reported from Victoria. St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is providing patients with a number to call for further information but they may possibly want to discuss this issue with you as their general practitioner.

Further information provided below or call the advice line if you require patient-specific advice on Tel: (03) 9231 5096



  • There is a risk that certain heater-cooler devices used in cardiac surgery have been contaminated with an uncommon bacterium called Mycobacterium chimaera (or M. chimaera). 

  • The risk of infection with M. chimaera for each individual patient is very low. Approximately 100 patients have been diagnosed with this infection worldwide and only five in Australia. One case has been reported from Victoria.


When to consider the possibility of M. chimaera infection:

  • Patients who have had a prosthetic implant (such as heart valve replacements or aortic root replacement) and cardiac bypass in the last 5 years


  • Have unexplained (ie- standard culture negative) surgical site infections, endocarditis, prosthetic valve infection, para-valvular abscess, graft infection or myocarditis.  Fever, shortness or breath and weight loss are common albeit very non-specific symptoms of M. chimaera infection.


How can patients suspected to have M. chimaera infection be investigated?

  • There is no indication for testing asymptomatic patients, as there is no screening test or serological assay that can determine if a patient has been exposed.

  • If you suspect your patient may have an M. chimaera infection, please call the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne advice line on phone: (03) 9231 5096.


How is M.chimaera treated?

  • M. chimaera infection is treated with antibiotics similar to those used for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). An Infectious Diseases Physician can prescribe and manage this treatment.


What is St Vincent’s Hospital doing to minimise risk to patients

  • We have tested all the Heater-Cooler Units used at St Vincent’s Hospital. Like many other hospitals, we have had a device test positive for M. chimaera. This device was used on a limited number of patients and was immediately decommissioned.

  • Our other Heater-Cooler units used at St Vincent’s are not of the type implicated in this factory contamination (ie- not the LivaNova 3T) but we are proceeding with a schedule of routine testing for M. chimaera contamination and preventative disinfection.

  • We are writing to involved patients to let them know about this issue and the potential symptoms of M. chimaera infection as treatment is available should patients develop an infection.


Where you can go for further information

  • St Vincent’s Hospital M. chimaera advice hotline on phone: (03) 9231 5096


Updates for GPs

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-planningPlease 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).


National Health Services Directory:

Please ensure your practice details are up-to-date in the National Health Services Directory 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:

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Quality Improvement at St Vincent's Hospital:

Improving Follow-Up Care for Patients with Low Risk Urological Cancers: Project Report

Improving GP Integration in Cancer Supportive Care in Advanced Disease Project ReportArticle published in the Australian Family Physician (Jan/Feb 2017)

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