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Update from St Vincent's GP Liaison

Welcome to the first edition of GP HUB @ St Vincent's for 2017

Please forward this newsletter onto GPs in your practice or subscribe online through the St Vincent's website


New central intake for referrals to Health Independence Program

To streamline the process for GPs, St Vincent's is centralising referrals to Community Rehabilitation, Aged Care Specialist Clinics, Complex Care Services and Complex Disability Services. These services now come under the banner of Health Independence Program (HIP).

New referrals are welcome via the HIP Central Intake Unit - FAX: 9231 2202

Enquiries to phone: 1300 131 470 or email: (please do not email clinical information) or for further information please visit the St Vincent's website >

Click here to download the updated Aged Care and Community Services Referral Template - Best Practice, Medical Director, ZedMed templates available


Hepatitis B & C Management in Primary Care Workshop

Wednesday 8 March 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

St Vincent's Hospital, 27 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy - Aikenhead Wing Ground Floor Room 3

This two hour presentation will cover the epidemiology and historical background of both hepatitis B and C.  We will be covering topics most practical to those working in the primary care setting including at risk populations, modes of transmission and management. 

Prof. Alex Thompson - Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, St Vincent's Hospital
Gabrielle Bennett - Victorian Viral Hepatitis Educator, St Vincent’s Hospital

Please register online >


Advance Care Planning Workshop - various dates

8:30am – 4:30pm 

Dates available: Friday 7 April,  Friday 7 July,  Monday 28 August,  Friday 6 October  OR  Monday 4 December

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

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 ACP model. The workshop is open to all health care professionals. It is free and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to participate in Advance Care Planning.

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

For further information contact phone: 9231 2847 or email: or visit the St Vincent's website >


Health Alert: Mycobacterium chimaera

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 three in Australia. No cases have 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.

Please click the "news" tab for further information or call the advice line if you require patient-specific advice

Phone: 9231 5096


St Vincent’s Specialist Clinics Referral Template - download the latest version

An updated Specialist Clinics referral form is now available for Best Practice, Medical Director and ZedMed.

Download the latest referral templates >

Click here for instructions on how to import templates into GP clinical software >


Contact the GP Liaison Unit

The GP Liaison Unit is available Monday to Friday to assist with obtaining information about your patient's care and navigating St Vincent’s Hospital services.

Phone Sita Vij on: 9231 4781 (Monday - Friday) or Dr Dave Isaac: 9231 3208 (Tuesday & Friday)

Email GP Liaison  >


We would be interested in your feedback on how to get the most benefit out of the GP HUB@ St Vincent's update. Please email your comments or feedback to the GP Liaison mailbox.

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