Ballarat continues to be a city excessively impacted by the trauma of suicide.

With several high profile incidents in recent weeks, the community is banding together to repeat the message that it must talk about it and look after each other.

FEWER Geelong residents visited the dentist between 2016-17 than they did in the three years prior, national data shows.

My Healthy Communities updated data shows the Western Victoria Primary Health Network, which includes Geelong, recorded the biggest drop in dental visits of all Australian regions from 2014-17.

ALCOHOL remains the drug of concern for residents in the Geelong region, followed by cannabis.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows there is a link ­between problematic alcohol and other drug use, while those experiencing addiction are also likely to become homeless.

Geelong residents are falling to their death 55 per cent more often than the rest of Australia on average, according to latest mortality statistics.

Accidental falls killed 214 people in greater Geelong from 2012 to 2016, almost five times more than a section of Sydney with roughly the same population.

BALLARAT dementia experts will take the lead in work to up-skill general practitioners and nurses in dementia care across the state’s west.

A projected 35,000 people with be living with dementia in western Victoria by 2050 with about two to three patients in each primary care consultation likely to have dementia, according to Ballarat Health Services’ geriatrician Mark Yates.