WESTERN Victoria Primary Health Network will soon provide more targeted care to people experiencing severe, enduring and persistent mental illnesses in the Wimmera.

REGULAR users of codeine-based medication are being urged to make plans to deal with changes to access legislation.

From February 1, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available in pharmacies without a prescription. These include commonly used medications such as Nurofen Plus and Panadeine.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) has set itself a task to tackle one of the nations biggest killers.

PHN has engaged Adele Kenneally and Ailiche Goddard-Clegg from ASK Consulting to work with suicide prevention professionals in the Great South Coast region.

Drug users in Ballarat’s CBD will soon have access to clean syringes around the clock as part of UnitingCare’s new needles program.

A planning application has been lodged with the Ballarat City Council for the installation of a syringe dispensing unit, which will be housed at the community service provider’s Dana Street facility.

HAWKESDALE CFA captain Steve Stewart has welcomed federal government funding for mental health support for those affected by the St Patrick’s Day fires.