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When Olympian and former politician Nova Peris reflects on her own remarkable story, she says the driving forces behind her achievements extend back to her family.

Ms Peris is one of a select group of athletes to have competed at Olympic level in more than one sport.

YOUTH in the Wimmera are set to benefit from a $51.8 million funding increase to expand headspace services.

The federal government announced the additional funding last week, which is on top of the $95.7 million the service receives each year.

YOUNG people in Portland now have better access to youth mental health services, with the opening of the latest headspace centre at Active Health Portland.

Headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25-year-olds in four key areas: mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.

Specially trained GPs will be on hand to provide back-up for doctors managing patients on prescription drugs as Victoria's real-time script monitoring system is rolled out.

Australia’s first comprehensive real-time monitoring system, SafeScript, is going live this week.

Victoria’s Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, and clinicians from Ballarat Health Services announced Monday that the system would roll out from Tuesday, October 2, in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network.