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BALLARAT has been named among the nation’s hot spots for chronic kidney disease.

New data confirms Ballarat has the third-highest rate of chronic kidney disease in Australia with an estimated 14 per cent of adults experiencing kidney damage, compared to the 10 per cent national average.

VICTORIAN drug treatment services have received less than $10 million to battle the ice epidemic, more than a year after the federal government launched its $300 million action plan.

In 2011, Dr Jeff Urquhart started to investigate available ‘pathways’ products as he identified significant gaps in easily accessible evidence based clinical information for busy clinicians. Jeff wears many hats including GP Liaison Officer at Barwon Health; GP at Health E Medical Centre, Geelong; and Clinical Assistant in Orthopaedic Outpatients at Geelong Hospital.

A GEELONG medical professional is calling for the size of one-off Valium and Xanax prescriptions to be slashed following the release of the latest ambulance call-out data.

The Victorian Government will consider including codeine-containing products in a state-based real-time monitoring system, amid a decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to restrict the drug's sale.