New intervention to curb Ballarat’s drug and alcohol misuse
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 deemed a national kidney disease hot-spot
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.
Drug treatment services in Victoria short changed in federal government’s $300 million action plan
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.
Western Victoria HealthPathways: Building pathways to better care
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.
Calls for drug script sizes to be slashed, with some prescribing 10 times more than needed
A GEELONG medical professional is calling for the size of one-off Valium and Xanax prescriptions to be slashed following the release of the latest ambulance call-out data.