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THE federal government has announced $5.3 million to support people living with chronic illnesses across western Victoria, including $377,606 for Lorne Community Council.

The hospital will use the funding to help people suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in the Lorne, Apollo Bay and Colac areas from July 1.

THE Geelong region will receive $654,000 funding for drug and alcohol treatment through the federal government's National Ice Action Strategy.

The Western Victoria Primary Health Network is getting a $1.6 million package and has commissioned Barwon Child, Youth and Family to deliver the services.

PORTLAND’S youth will have new mental health services after a four-year, $1.2 million funding pledge by the Federal Government on Friday.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the city will be one of 10 regional locations in Australia that will see a new headspace centre open as part of a $23.8 million funding injection into regional and remote communities.

Johanna has always believed in social justice, so when she encountered a homeless man, she was astounded to learn that he had been a university lecturer only months before. It made her acutely aware of the vulnerability of us all as human beings. It led her to become deeply involved in community work through local and global fundraisers and awareness raising campaigns and also influenced her decision to study medicine.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is investing $1.6 million into Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) support services across the region from 1 May 2017. This follows a thorough needs assessment involving community stakeholders including general practice and treatment providers.

The needs assessment process highlighted there was a significant gap in coordination and communication between treatment services and non-treatment services including general practice.