YOUNG people in Portland now have better access to youth mental health services, with the opening of the latest headspace centre at Active Health Portland.

Headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25-year-olds in four key areas: mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.

Specially trained GPs will be on hand to provide back-up for doctors managing patients on prescription drugs as Victoria's real-time script monitoring system is rolled out.

Australia’s first comprehensive real-time monitoring system, SafeScript, is going live this week.

Victoria’s Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, and clinicians from Ballarat Health Services announced Monday that the system would roll out from Tuesday, October 2, in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network.

The scope and uptake of Tasmania's real-time prescription monitoring system should be expanded, the state's coroner has found, following her investigation into the prescription drug-related accidental death of a 44-year-old man.

UPDATE 2.49pm: ABOUT a third of the 28 doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists based in Maryborough are involved in a program aimed at reducing misuse of prescription drugs.

The director of the Victorian government’s SafeScript initiative, Matthew McCrone, said all 28 of the professionals who had registered their primary place of practice as Maryborough were contacted about the opportunity to get involved.