Monash Minute - April 2017

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Welcome to Monash Minute, our new quarterly publication for primary health practitioners.

Monash Health is keenly aware of the vital role that primary health practitioners fill in our healthcare system. We also recognise that your knowledge about what we do, and how we do it, can affect your work. We aim to bridge that gap with this newsletter.

Monash Minute is a collection of short articles and headlines about information and events at Monash Health which may be useful for primary health providers. Contacts and links to further information will be included should you wish to explore the information more fully.

We hope that you will find the newsletter useful, and we welcome any feedback or suggestions for articles.

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Monash Children's
New Monash Children's Hospital

The new Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton will be opening its doors to patients and families on Wednesday, 19 April, 2017. The hospital will open over three phases. Phase One in April will include inpatients, peri-operative services and several clinics. Our combined adult and pediatric Emergecy Departments continue to provide services at Monash Medical Centre next door, Casey Hospital and Dandenong Hospital.

The 230-bed facility, , is one of the largest dedicated children’s hospitals in Australia and one of only two tertiary paediatric hospitals in Victoria. As a purpose-built paediatric hospital, clinical services will be delivered in a child and family-friendly environment. Innovations to make patients and families more comfortable in our care include a Visiting Pet Park, interactive animation walls, abundant natural light, bright colours and the Monash Children’s Hospital School.

The facility will also feature two state-of-the-art simulation centres to lead the way in research and education.  Further information is available at:  and you can follow our service on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Monash Health information technology
Secure electronic discharge summary service

Monash Health will begin implementing a secure electronic discharge summary service for our partners in the continuum of patient care. The service will begin in April from Dandenong Hospital emergency department, with Monash Medical Centre Clayton and Casey Hospital emergency departments to follow soon after.

In phase one, Monash Health will commence:

  • Sending patient discharge summaries from emergency departments to patients’ My Health Record, if they have registered for one
  • Sending discharge summaries to GP’s and service providers via secure messaging (Healthlink) to their practice’s software (EMR’s).

How will this affect you?

  • If you have elected electronic communication as your preferred method in the National Health Services Directory, and you have Healthlink and compatible software, your patients’ discharge summaries will automatically appear in your practice software

Compatible software includes:

Medical Director (GP+), Bp Premier (GP+), Practix (GP), Genie for Win/Mac, ZedMed (GP) and MedTech (GP)

  • If you have not elected electronic communication, discharge summaries will continue to be sent via fax
  • If you would like to change your preference, please contact National Health Services Directory to update your preference

We will be sending additional documents via secure messaging in the future. Further information can be found at If you have any suggestions, please contact us on 

Secure messaging 
 secure messaging
If you have any suggestions, please contact us on:

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Centre for Developmental Disability Health (CDDH)
Service summary

Centre for Developmental Disability Health (CDDH) is a small medical and allied health unit with a focus on improving the health of adults with intellectual and associated developmental disabilities in Victoria.

The Centre joined Monash Health in 2015 and are now located at the Monash Health Community site in Dandenong. CDDH staff are engaged in a range of educational, clinical and service development initiatives designed to support general practitioners and healthcare services. We address the complex needs of adults with severe intellectual and associated disabilities.

Our medical practitioners offer:

Clinical assessments are performed by a specialist general practitioner or Psychiatrist on referral from the patient’s own GP. The referral process includes completion of a pre-appointment questionnaire by those supporting the patient in their daily life, and a page for the GP to complete. Patients can be referred from any area in Victoria. Please Note: CDDH is unable to offer primary, ongoing or emergency care services.








 CDDH staff

Monash Specialist Consulting
Specialist clinics

Monash Specialist Consulting provides an extensive range of medical and surgical specialist clinics supported by a team of multidisciplinary staff. We operate across Monash Health's acute and community sites.

To obtain a list of adult specialist clinics, please click here
To obtain a list of children’s specialist clinics, please click here

Referral process and guidelines:
There are established referral guidelines for each specialist clinic. These are designed to assist referrers identify whether a patient meets the criteria for our specialists to adequately assess a referral.

All referrals received by Monash Health are triaged by clinicians to determine clinical urgency. The triage category will affect the timeframe in which the patient is offered an appointment. Where wait times do not meet patient needs, alternative service providers can be found on the Human Services Directory.   read more...

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Educational events

Neuroradiology and neurosurgery seminar:
Saturday 3 June 2017, 9am – 1pm at Monash Medical Centre Clayton
This FREE half day seminar will provide up-to-date, evidence based, practical information on management and referral pathways of patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage or brain aneurysm and will attact RACGP CPD points.
Some of the topics include:
  • How to screen and refer a patient for subarachnoid haemorrhage presenting with headache
  • What to do if your patient has a brain aneurysm
  • Treatment options
  • Post-treatment of brain aneurysm care and management
  • Family screening
  • How to refer to Monash Neurovascular
To register, please contact Kristy Grossman, Monash Imaging relationship manager on M:0466 366 447 or 
Hereditary Lipid Disorders with Premature Coronary Artery Disease:
A free workshop tailored to general practitioners who are working with patients’ experiencing mental illness. This free workshop wil focus on diagnosis and management of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).
Light snacks will be provided – for more information, click here
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