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Western Victoria has almost double the rate of prescriptions for the pain relief drug oxycodone than the rest of Australia and researchers are calling for an investigation into whether illicit use is the cause.

New Australian research has revealed concerning levels of oxycodone in western Victoria, with experts calling for investigation on whether illicit use of the medication is the cause.

Oxycodone is the most commonly prescribed drug in western Victoria, despite the fact that it is not used to treat the most common conditions in this area, the newly released short report revealed.

MORE than 80 per cent of GP practices in Geelong are now registered with My Health Record, new figures have revealed.

According to Western Victoria Primary Health Network close to 84 per cent of GP practices and 37 per cent of local pharmacies are now signed up to the national program.

WIMMERA organisations will work with communities to design new models for alcohol and other drug care.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network has commissioned Grampians Community Health – along with two organisations in other parts of the state’s west – to work with residents and stakeholders to develop the models.

Mental health resources are set for a big boost with Wannon MP Dan Tehan announcing funding for Western Victoria Primary Health Network on Wednesday.

The $1.1 million increase will support services aimed at people living with severe and enduring mental illness with the funding to benefit both patients and nurses.