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THE owner of Corio Bay Medical Centre wants to establish a new, bigger facility to meet growing demand in Geelong’s northern suburbs.

An application before council includes plans to establish a $1.8 million state-of-the-art medical centre on a vacant 2850m2 former church site on Sparks Rd, Norlane.

SOME codeine users will turn to street drugs in an effort to deal with off-the-shelf pain medication becoming prescription-only, experts and patients warn.

ScriptWise has launched new videos on social media outlining codeine alternatives.

Clinical Pharmacy Lecturer at LaTrobe University Pene Wood, who features in the online videos, says the new resources encourage pharmacy to consider the availability and suitability of alternative pain relief options: heat packs, anti-inflammatory heat rubs, combination pain products, as well as the importance of liaising with allied healthcare professionals such as osteopaths and physiotherapists.

ScriptWise has launched new videos on social media as the February 1st codeine rescheduling deadline looms.

Codeine will become prescription-only this Thursday following the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s decision that the risks associated with using codeine are too high without oversight from a doctor.

A NEW group has been formed to help tackle a shortage of doctors in rural and regional areas.

The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) and the Western Victorian Primary Health Network (PHN) have joined together to create a new health workforce working group.