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In the first of our series of reviews of the biggest issues facing pharmacy in 2017, Megan Haggan looks at the fraught issue of the codeine upschedule.

There’s no doubt that the looming upschedule of codeine has been one of the year’s most controversial issues.

A cultural change reducing access to sugary drinks and increasing water intake is paying dividends for local health providers.

Water - The Drink of Choice was launched by Ballarat Health Services in November 2016. The initiative increased access to free tap water and restricted promotion of soft drinks, sports drinks and juices.

The state’s greatest health promotion projects have been recognised for their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians at the annual VicHealth Awards.

The 14 winning projects were announced at last night’s ceremony at Melbourne Museum by Health Minister Jill Hennessy, Shadow Health Minister Mary Wooldridge, Leader of the Victorian Greens Samantha Ratnam and VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter.

Mount Clear College has been hosting a doctor in their school for the past decade, since staff realised the need for students to have easier access to a GP.

WESTERN Victoria Primary Health Network notes and supports the progress towards assisted dying legislation into Victoria as part of a broader focus on palliative care and support for people facing serious and terminal illnesses.