DEAKIN University medical student Johanna Mousley has been awarded the coveted George Golding Memorial Trust Scholarship.

The scholarship is set to put Ms Mousley in touch with Geelong's best general practitioners and medical specialists to further her medical knowledge.

THOSE most at-risk of developing drug and alcohol problems will be targeted in an increased push for early intervention across Ballarat and the Goldfields region.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network commissioned UnitingCare Ballarat to deliver a $419,000 counselling service to tackle misuse issues through to June 2018.

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.