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CAMPERDOWN nurse Beth Royal’s commitment to preventing female-specific cancers in the wider community has earned her this year’s Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award.

Based at the Robinson Street Medical Centre, Mrs Royal received the Western Victoria Primary Health Network award in Geelong last week.

RESIDENTS have less than 10 days to opt out of the automatic creation of an online health summary, set to be rolled out nationally this year.

Geelong region health professionals have indicated their support for the My Health Record system, with figures revealing 94 per cent of local general practices are already registered.

The push for a national real-time prescription monitoring system has gained momentum, with an Australian firm appointed to develop it.

The Department of Health has selected pharmacy IT solutions provider, Fred IT Group, to lead the new national system, which aims to reduce the impact of prescription medicine overdoses.

On Monday the Prime Minister said sorry to the victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse across Australia. Western Victoria Primary Health Network welcomes the national apology.

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.